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Praise for Merci Mister Dash! by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Esperança Melo:

“…Brightly colored acrylic paintings show Mr. Dash at his best….”
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PRAISE FOR IT’S A SNAP!:
“Monica Kulling’s charming It’s a Snap! … tells Eastman’s story with panache…. This is terrific storytelling that will work as a read aloud in any class.”
– Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal

“This first book in the Great Idea Series is a picture-perfect introduction to biographies for beginning readers.”
– Excellent, Resource Links

“…an inspirational biographic introduction to George Eastman’s fantastic adventures in photography….”
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About the Author

MONICA KULLING was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. A poet, she has also published many books for children. Best known for her clear and engaging biographies, she has tackled subjects ranging from Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt to Harry Houdini. Her books It’s A Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph and All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine, illustrated by Bill Slavin, were the first two books in Tundra’s Great Idea Series. Monica Kulling lives in Toronto, Ontario.

ESPERANÇA MELO was born in the Azores, but she currently lives in Millbrook, Ontario. She is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Animation Program and the Graphic Design Program at George Brown College. She also studied oil painting, life drawing, and sculpture at the Ontario College of Art. She has been a graphic and book designer for several years and has illustrated various children’s books. Her picture book Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, which she co-illustrated with Bill Slavin, was the recipient of the Ontario Library Association’s Blue Spruce Award and the Chocolate Lily Award.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887769640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887769641
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,812,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Dalrymple on September 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Red-headed Daphne is a real wild child, while poor Mr. Dash is a proper posh pup. He lives with Madame Croissant, assists in her Gift Shop and tactfully finds ways to avoid Daphne's weekly visits. Alas, however, the day arrives that he does not gather his newspaper and retreat to the park on time. He is left to suffer the indignities of being bathed in the back yard, dressed as a baby and paraded around the neighbourhood. But when Daphne is in trouble, Mr. Dash shows that he can "[leave] his manners at the top of the hill" and rush to the rescue. Even a proper posh pup can be a girl's best friend!

Kulling and Melo complement each other beautifully in this picture book. Melo's bright and funny illustrations are perfect reflections of the colour and humour in Kulling's language. Mr. Dash wears "doggles" on sunny days and he always "puts his best paw forward." He looks haughtily down his nose when Daphne displays her atrocious table manners, all the while unaware that a kernel of caramel corn is perched quite perfectly on the top of his head.

There is an additional level of humour to give grown-ups that extra chuckle - particularly appreciated given that my daughters, aged 3 and 6, insist we read this book over and over again! At the end of the day, Mr. Dash and I share a quiet smile: although he has shown what a perfect gentleman he will always be, for one night he is simply glad that tomorrow "there would be no Daphne!"
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Reason for Reading: I've read quite a number of the author's books, but they've been mostly her biographical works and I thought I'd take a look at what else she does.

Mister Dash is a darling! He is a very cultivated dog. He may be a mixture of this and that and certainly has no pedigree but that hasn't stopped him from honing his sense of a stylish wardrobe and manners fit for civilized company. The only problem is that the company he and his owner Madame Croissant get regularly is every Sunday, her granddaughter, who is more wild beast than civilized company. Mister Dash doesn't like Daphne and usually escapes before her arrival to spend the day reading the paper in the park but today Daphne arrives and grabs him before he's even had a chance. And so Mister Dash must spend the day in the clutches of a rambunctious little girl all day.

This is a cute story. First, there is a small opportunity to learn a bit about France and French; Madame Croissant owns a little boutique that sells all things French and there are a couple of French words in the story. Plus if the reader knows French they can explain why Madame calls Daphne her "little cabbage". But most of all the story gives plenty of opportunity to talk about manners and behaviour. Daphne is not a bad child, she is simply full of zest, yet she certainly takes all the energy out of poor Mr. Dash after one day. The story is funny too and this is really brought to life with the gorgeous illustrations by Ms. Melo. The look on Mr. Dash's face as he has to suffer the indignity of popcorn landing on his head is priceless. A story that will really appeal to dog lovers and owners of rambunctious little girls.
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By B. Miller on May 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mister Dash isn't your typical dog. With the nose like a pointer, legs like a lab, the body of a boxer, a poodle's tail and sheepdog ears, Mister Dash is "most unique." He's a dapper dresser, too, and a model of manners. He's the perfect companion to Madame Croissant. Life is orderly and civilized as he greets customers in their gift shop, accompanies Madame in walks through the park, and snoozes by the armchair as Madame gathers her stamp collection at night. That's how he likes it, quiet and calm.

But on Sunday, everything changes when Daphne, Madame's little dynamo granddaughter, comes for a visit. Usually Mister Dash escapes to the park for a peaceful afternoon. But this particular Sunday, Daphne catches him before he gets away. Daphne is loud and rambunctious, and everything that Mister Dash dislikes. A true poet, Monica Kulling's wordplay dance off the page as Mister Dash endures Daphne's wild ways. Esperanca Melo's exuberant illustrations capture Daphne's energy as she charges through the house "like a racehorse," hang from trees "like a bat," and splash in puddles like an elephant." Poor Mister Dash's life is turned upside down as he endures one indignity after another. But when Daphne's wild play turns dangerous, Mister Dash turns into an action hero and races to her rescue.

This is a charming tale of common courtesy, a fun read-aloud that explores the important theme of treating animals, and each other, with respect.
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