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Island Dog Hardcover – September 1, 1999

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  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Two Dog Pr; Cloth bound edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891090038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891090035
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,430,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-A wordless picture book with vibrant illustrations and an excellent design. Die cuts and gatefolds create many scene possibilities as readers turn the pages. The simple pictures show a playful dog reveling on a beautiful summer day on a Maine island. Nothing much happens, but youngsters will find pleasure and satisfaction in absorbing the striking art and in verbalizing what is going on in the pictures.
Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"'Island Dog' is a lovely book, the spirit of coastal Maine indeed, life the way it ought to be: beloved dog, caring man and the magic seascape, in leisurely pure harmony, portrayed by an inspired artist." -- Janwillem van de Wetering, author of the Hugh Pine children's books and the popular Grijpstra and de Gier mysteries

"'Island Dog' puts a new spin on the illustrated book by letting the reader determine the story. It provokes the imagination, delights the senses, and is both inventive and endlessly entertaining." -- Aprile Gallant, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Portland Museum of Art, Maine

"A joy for all those who love artist books, as well as dogs!" -- Umbrella, January 2000

"Completely accessible to children, its also fun for any dog loving adult." -- Bar Harbor Times, September 16, 1999

"Flip through the pages of Rebecca Goodale's 'Island Dog' and you'll be struck by the brilliance of its saturated colors and the charming simplicity of the imagery. A story without text of a dog's jaunts on an unnamed Maine island on a summer day, the book depicts woman's best friend as she swims in the water, chases seagulls, then heads for her lighthouse home...And there are other rewards for careful readers, like such small but closely observed details as the way the dog holds her tail when she encounters one of her own. Goodale also worked to make the story realistic by including such specifics as the Spring Point Ledge Light. To accurately portray the constellations, she studied charts of Maine summer skies at night...There's even a suggestion of something deeper. Goodale previously produced a book-art series in which people can be seen reading books -- 'books about books', she calls them. In those, she said, 'I'm hinting at something like infinity.' In this book, a boy sits reading something that appears to be 'Island Dog.' 'It's just another infinity,' said Goodale." -- Pat Sims, Casco Bay Weekly, October 14, 1999

"Highly Recommended." -- Midwest Book Review, September 1999

"What a switch! The reader tells the story with infinite creative possibilities. I love it!" -- Cherie Mason, author of Wild Fox, A True Story and Everybody's Somebody's Lunch

"Youngsters will find pleasure and satisfaction in absorbing the striking art and in verbalizing what is going on." -- School Library Journal, February 2000

Ms. Goodale tells her shaggy dog story completely without words...we share a day in the life of a big, brown spaniel sort of dog. See the dog swim, roll in the sand, sniff out a new friend, lap up a fresh water puddle and snooze in the sun. Ms. Goodale's illustrations while completely accessible to children with their rich colors and lively lines should also be fun for any dog-loving adult. -- Nan Lincoln, Bar Harbor Times, September 16, 1999

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Professor of American Lit on March 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My partner, a sculpture professor, and I have been fans of Rebecca Goodale's work for a while now. We were lucky to catch one of her museum exhibitions in which she showed several of her hand-made books, which blur the line between the functional and the figurative. ISLAND DOG is a most imaginative foray into the mass market; the book retains the feel of a unique work of art while still being sturdy, accessible, and inviting to all ages. It is a story in pictures- rich, full-flavored, juicy pictures. My partner likes it for the way it uses color and motion, but to be honest, this book is most special for the way it encourages readers to imagine their own island home. Sit with your child and create a new book over and over each time you read it together. For dog lovers, parents, art collectors, and bibliophiles, this is the perfect gift. It's a book-lover's book with a vibrant, gentle, constantly shifting story. I heartily recommend it for fans of Goodale's work or people who want to be introduced to this exciting book artist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Rancourt<eolus@ncia.net> on March 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who loves dogs, the sun-washed Maine coast, and bright joyful images that gladden the spirit, this is the book for you! As a librarian, I know that true picture books, ones without words, whose images carry the story, are amongst the very best for fueling the imagination of pre-schoolers. In my library we have a permanent display of these books and they simply fly out of the door in the arms of patrons of all ages. Rebecca Goodale's book is one of the very best. Her strong playful images and surprising page structures will get the attention of the most disinterested reader. Highly recommended for any home or library collection.
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