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Just Dog Paperback – December 31, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (December 31, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 186039809X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860398094
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,226,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"Dog was a dog and that's what everyone called him. Dog. Just Dog." So starts Oram's (Badger's Bad Mood) story of a pooch who longs for a "proper name." After all, as he complains to Midnight the cat, "Dog" is "just something that says I'm not a cat." Such spry lines give this brief tale its understated humor. Dog attempts to acquire a stronger-sounding moniker via his actions (perhaps, he reasons, if he digs up the lawn, they'll call him Digger), but these backfire (" 'Bad Dog!' was all they said"). Plan two involves being a model dog?tidying up the garden, fetching slippers and collecting newspapers, etc. This plan does work, but the flowery names his owners propose?Sweetheart, Honeybun, Sugarpops?make him realize that "Just Dog" suits him just fine. Pointedly, Dog's owners remain nameless throughout the story; Oram refers to them simply as "everyone" or "they." The humans stay out of sight (save a hand on a doorknob) in the illustrations as well. These are cleverly conceived: snapshots capture Dog in his moments of good behavior ("Very touching!" reads the caption for a view of the dog posing peacefully with a hen and chicks). The execution, however, is only ho-hum, with colors that run toward dreary and a visual rhythm that does not vary. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Pres-Grade 2-Dog is a dog without a name; he is just called "Dog." After seeking the advice of Midnight the cat, he comes up with a plan to perform all sorts of tasks so that his owners will find a more appropriate moniker. He vows to keep digging in the garden until they call him Digger, but they only call him, "Bad Dog." He chases bicycles hoping to become Swiftfoot or Lionheart, but all they say is, "Oh Dog." When he fetches everyone's slippers and doesn't bark at the neighbor's chickens, his family decides, to his horror, to give him a "good dog's name," such as Sweetheart, Honeybun, or Angel Eyes. Suddenly, the name Dog seems just fine. Young readers will get the joke and enjoy the lively text. The cartoon illustrations capture the pup's expressions and movements, from digging in the mud to rolling around on the rug. A fun lesson in self-esteem.
Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a hit at my house. My 5-year-old son gets the giggles at the dog's antics every time we read it. I like the friendship between the cat and the dog. Cute, warm fuzzy story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was about a dog named Dog and him wanting to change his name. He had a cat friend Named Midnight. Dog tried to dig the biggest hole in history. To change hi name to Digger, but they still called him dog. Dog also tried to chase policemen to change his name to swift foot, lion heart, and hunter ,but they still called him Dog. Then Dog started to be a good dog and then real lized that he wanted his name dog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bridget on September 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My 5-year-old daughter LOVES this book! She's memorized it and makes me read it to her every night. She learned how to spell "DOG" reading this book. We kept checking it out from the library and finally I bought her her own copy. Perfect length for a bedtime story too! Cute illustrations!
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By Jeana on July 5, 2014
Format: Pamphlet Verified Purchase
Was not in as good of condition as it was represented to be in. Otherwise everything was fine.
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