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If You Give a Dog a Donut
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 16, 2011
I will admit to waiting for the release of If You Give a Dog a Donut for a few months now. We have loved this series at our house and all three daughters have listened to and read them at some point. Even though my oldest daughter is a little too old for these books now, she was excited to add this one to our collection. And upon reading it, all of us agreed that this newest book is a good addition to this series, following along in the pattern of the other If You Give.... books. As a school librarian I will be purchasing a few copies for my library because this one will be a hit with my readers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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"This donut eating dog is boisterous and aims to cram as much joy as he can into his day. ..., this makes the young boy who owns him quite breathless in trying to keep up with his pet. This silly puppy is easily enticed by an offer of apple juice and donut, thus ending a perfectly energetic day." --Tatiana
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Offering the donut was the initial act that triggered a magical sequence of events, one leading to another, into a day of outdoor activities. It refreshed my childhood play fables, where animals, plants, and forces of nature are actors that assume speech and connect with young kids' imagination, leading to the new game. The sociable dog opens the playtime with picking apples, dressing as a pirate, hunting for treasure, building and flying a kite, returning to the kitchen for a donut bite, dancing his way through the book pages. The involved Children's attention is captivated in this scenario. They enjoy participation, guessing 'what might happen next', as a narrative describing foreseeable interactions unfolding one after another.

Winning team Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, a pair dedicated to educating our kids through their "If You Give..." series show up with another animated riddle, which requires a word play. Numeroff has given the adorable doggy in, "If You Give a Pig a Party" his own story. If you give a dog a donut, he'll ask for some apple juice ... Kids could imagine that if they give a cat a cupcake, he will ask for topping and sprinkles, which to their delight he eventually spills, starting an engaging activity story that goes on, and on all the way. "If you give a dog a donut, he will ask for some apple juice to go with it. When you give him the juice, he'll drink it all up. Then, before you can say 'Woof'...Dog is off on a backyard adventure!"
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2011
Got this for a 5 year old who's learning how to read. Great series of books for a beginner reader - the stories are funny and silly and the picture correspond well with the text so he can look at the drawings to help figure out the words he doesn't know. The story is fun for any age kid.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2011
The first book in this set, If you give a mouse a cookie was inventive and beautifully illustrated. The follow-ons, if you give a pig a pancake and if you give a moose a muffin were reiterations of the same story, but still charming and well illustrated. This Dog a Donut book just comes across as cheap mimicry, despite retaining the original authorship and artist. Most of the book is very basic an uninteresting actions of a plainly illustrated dog, that is not even set on backgrounds, but a plain white page. This lack of detail and flair really pails in comparison to the vibrant and lively earlier works, lets hope this franchised is retired with this book so we can be spared any further degradation of the series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
I read some of the other books (If you give a moose..pig..etc.) I bought for my 3 yr old b/c my older son loved the pig book when he was small. It's my 3 yr old son's first experience w/me deployed and I sent this to him via Amazon. My mom had to read it to him 5 times the first night and tell him no more. Now every time my mom reads it, she still has to read it to him multiple times. Normally he'll choose another book for reading once we're done, so I know he adores this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2012
Maybe I've read too many of these books, but I didn't like this newest one. The illustrations are largely white, so not intriguing to the eye, and the story is cumulative. This is fun for kids, but sometimes boring to parents reading them. My three-year-old liked it, but he likes the mouse, moose, and cat ones too. I personally returned it to the library faster than normal.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2011
I bought this for my Great Nephew. I was a School Librarian and had the opportunity to read other Laura Numeroff books. This one is just as cute as all the others. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2011
I love this series by Laura Numeroff and the addition of "If You Give a Dog a Donut" is one of the best of all the books. A little baseball, a little pirate action, definitely a fun read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
My grandson loves this series of books. This one is wonderful! The illustrations are so cute! He took it to school and shared with his first grade class. They enjoyed it too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
My family loves the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the others in the series. Charming and well illustrated. This book is clearly a quick cash in on the popularity of the other books. The illistrations are so weak. Often just the dog on a plain white page. The dog , who is featured in the other books and is cute there, is kind of wonky here. He is just not that cute. Also it seems like a bit of a stretch - donut with apple juice. IDK, if the illistrations were up to the past standard I wouldn't have minded but as it is, you just feel like you got taken in by the old bait and switch. We have a few holiday board books that feature the mouse from this series and I got the same feel from them. You could tell the illistrations were cut and pasted from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
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