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Move Over, Rover! Hardcover – September 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 270L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152019790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152019792
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 1–Reminiscent of Mirra Ginsburgs Mushroom in the Rain (S & S, 1987) and Audrey Woods The Napping House (Harcourt, 1984), this is the cumulative story of many animals all attempting to shelter from the rain in a doghouse. Children will love the hilarious ending when all of the inhabitants hastily vacate after an odiferous intruder tries to squeeze in, too. The marvelously textured watercolor-and-acrylic illustrations convey the feeling of a driving rain, the fur and feathers of the various creatures, and the joy of Rover when his house is once again his sole domain. The repetition of key phrases, the rhythmic text, and the cumulative structure of the narrative make this book an ideal read-aloud. The pictures and text evoke the cozy, warm feeling of curling up for a nap on a rainy day and the unbridled thrill of leaping out into the sun.–Tamara E. Richman, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ
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Fully painted to the edge of the large pages, Dyer's watercolor-and-acrylic illustrations are very casual yet cozy. They effectively accompany Beaumont's take on a familiar motif: generosity can lead to overcrowding. Gentle, obliging Rover allows, first, Cat, and then a succession of other animals to seek shelter from a rainstorm in his doghouse. The crowding increases until Skunk's arrival forces an evacuation--just as the storm is ending. Brief text with a rhymed refrain ("Move over, Rover!") encourages children to join in as the story progresses to the finale--when Rover is finally alone, savoring the fact that his house is once again his own. Adults may want to use this with Jan Brett's The Mitten (1989) and Margot Zemach's It Could Always Be Worse (1976) to help children explore the idea of variation on a theme. John Warren Stewig
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More About the Author

KAREN BEAUMONT's picture books include Being Friends, illustrated by Joy Allen, and Louella Mae, She's Run Away!, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger. She lives in San Martin, California.

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The illustrations are wonderful.
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Great for vocabulary development for naming different animals and practice of speech sounds throughout the book.
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With great illustrations and fun concepts, we highly recommend this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Tatum on March 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a former school librarian, I can say I love this picture book. The second time we read it, my 3-year-old grandchildren & I were delighted to realize that the skunk is visible in the doghouse all along--if you look closely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Turdo on September 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'll never forget the first time I read this book to my 3-year-old daughter - she started laughing about halfway through the book, and by the end we were both giggling up a storm. We've read this book every night before bed ever since. Needless to say, this is currently her favorite book.

The text is simple, consise and short, which is nice for the parent who may be reading this book at the end of the day. And the illustrations are captivating. They draw my daughter in to the story as she looks for Rover, the cat, the squirrel, the racoon, the snake and the mouse on selected pages. And the part that consistently gets her giggling is the repeated rhyming text in the middle of the book that always ends with, "Move over, Rover!"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Wright on April 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My twins received this book when they were 18 months old and have loved it! Now they tell each other, "move over, Rover" and "skit-skat, Cat" all the time they love to talk about the stinky skunk. I have since been giving this book as a 2-year-old birthday present and everyone we've given it to says how much their children enjoy it, too. With great illustrations and fun concepts, we highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DK on October 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. The illustrations are wonderful. I think the age range should be lowered to 18 months and up. My 18 mo son loves it and seems to understand the plot. He loves holding his nose when the stinky skunk appears. It is great for teaching animals. The first page has all of the animals pictured and you can have your child search and point them all out to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Phillips on March 1, 2008
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This book is my favorite book to read to children. It teaches them names of animals, rhyming, and has a really great story. It has been a favorite of the children that I care for. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ackert on January 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old can't get enough of this great book! Gorgeous illustrations and a funny story with a surprise she loves every time! Nice sing-songy repeating verses and easy for the children to recite along with you. A perfect book for age 3-7.Nice gift!Enjoy
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of those book meant for the very young that will just make you feel good reading it with the little one and I have yet to find one of the wee ones that did not get kick out of having this work read to them.

This is one of those progressive books that builds and builds. The rhythm the author uses, while at first glance is simple, has a rather soothing effect:

Rover's in the Doghouse,
chewing on a bone.
What a day to romp and play!
Too bad he's all alone.

Oh, my, look at the sky!
Thunder! Lightning!
Mighty frightening!

As Rover seeks shelter in this doghouse (oh my, how boring!), he is joined b first an orange cat..."Move over, Rover!"Then a raccoon, then a squirrel, then a blue jay, then a snake, then a mouse..."Tight fit. Might split. Sorry, mouse. Full House!

All are warm and snuggly, all are dry...the storm rages on. And then along comes a skunk!

Evacuation!

The sun then comes out....

"Rover's in the doghouse,
chewing on a bone.
Soaked and sopping,
tail flip-flopping,
happy he's alone!"

The big bright illustrations by Jane Dyer are rather remarkable in the way they "pop" and are, upon close examination, quite detailed with all those special little touches that make them rather special. The illustrations and the text go perfectly.

This is a delightful work. The age group is about right here, but as another reviewer has pointed out, and I tend to agree with her, the age limit could very well be lowered here all the way down to 18 months or so. Between the rhyming text and the wonderful illustrations, even a very small child will be aware of what is going on.

High marks for this work!

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C L D on December 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very fun book! I first encountered it in the Manhattan Children's Museum and liked it so well I ordered it the day we returned home from vacation. It is fun for me to read to my son and he enjoys following along whe I do as well as making up his own stories to the pictures when he "reads" it to me. Very cute, very fun, very recommended.
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