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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763630772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763630775
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3–In this funny picture book, a young narrator shares her unusual concern: My father pretends to be human, but I know he is really a dog. She goes on to list the undeniable evidence: he likes a good scratch, growls when he is suddenly awakened from a nap, and when he toots, he looks around as if someone else were responsible. The illustration of the girl peeking under the dining table to see if he is begging for treats offers a clever shift in perspective. The clean, yet warm oil paintings are the perfect accompaniment to the understated and almost deadpan delivery, and they enhance the humor of this doggone good tale. It's ideal for storytimes or one-on-one sharing.–Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. A young girl, convinced that her father really is a dog, shares her observations of the similarities between her father and the family pet. In a playful text she describes actions common to both, such as starting the day with a good scratch; clearing the room with a single "toot" (and trying to look innocent); using a tree for a quick "pit stop"; and, at the end, displaying loyalty to the "best family in the world." The illustrations accentuate the humor, especially in the physical similarities between Dad and the dog. The charm of the characters, particularly the dad and the pooch, is perfectly conveyed in the exaggerated figures, which are rounded and elongated, and, like the backgrounds, painted in blocks of color, subtly textured with cross-hatching. Children will appreciate the comic view of a dad in an ordinary, but cozy family. Randall Enos
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This book is simply funny.
D. Blankenship
It's colorfully illustrated, easy to read, and it has a playful, cute storyline that will not only amuse your child, but tickle your funny bone as well.
Kiki Ann
We still laugh every time we read it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This one will hit pretty close to home in many households. I know it did in mine. The young child here flatly states that "My father pretends to be human, but I know is is really a dog." The child then goes one to prove the point. Little things like fetching the morning paper, can lie aroud for hours, growls when disturbed from a nap, and many more. This book is simply funny. The art work by Randy Cecil is quite appealing and the concept of the story is great. This is a good one to give to dad on Father's Day and is fun to read with the kids. Actually, there is quite a lot of truth in this book and will particularly be appreciated and enjoyed by those adults who have the ability to laugh at themselves. I enjoyed ever page of this one and saw so much of myself in it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Bluemle, a fine writer out of Vermont College's MFA program (but choose your advisor wisely) combines with prolific illustrator Randy Cecil in this farcical comparison of dads and dogs.

Bluemle reveals that dogs aren't just man's best friend; they seemed to have evolved from the same genes as well. How else does one explain one dad's proclivity to "start off the day with a good scratch," chase wildly after thrown balls, and run down the stairs to investigate strange noises in the middle of the night--just like the two family dogs!

Although the narrator proclaims, "My father is human, but I know he is really a dog," she concedes that the "evidence" has some limits. For example, although she tells us "my father loves snacks," she admits, "I've never actually seen him begging for snacks udder the kitchen table, adding cautiously, "but it could happen." Still, the parallels are uncanny, even when the behavior is...well, not exactly flattering. We're informed that, like the dogs, "When [Dad] toots, he looks around the room like someone else did it." Furthermore, "he has been known to use a tree for a quick pit stop." Surely these defecatory similarities cannot be mere coincidence!

Illustrator Randy Cecil displays an unusually light touch with oils in his 2-page spreads and circular vignettes. His deftly scratched color textures aerify the oils, and the exaggerated curves and elongated limbs match the fanciful narration. I enjoyed his pictures of dad's and dogs' parallel behaviors, although the dogs could have exhibited a little more personality (e.g., one raised eyebrow a la "Wallace and Grommet"). Cecil leaves the reactions to the human family.

There's a tenderhearted conclusion to all this playful fun poking, and a real kicker on the last page ("...Mom says we can keep him!") A wonderful father's day gift for dads with an easy sense of humor, or any person in touch with their inner dog.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dorian Cirrone on May 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the kind of witty book that a lot of writers will wish they thought of first. A tongue-in-cheek look at the habits of Dad's everywhere, MY FATHER THE DOG is one that kids and their parents will want to read over and over. A great Father's Day gift for kids to buy for their dog-like Dad's!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grace on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We first got this book at the library and my 5yr old son wanted to read it every night. It is very cute and funny. We still laugh every time we read it. We loved it so much we bought it for my husband for Father's Day. I recommend this book to everyone who wants a very fun book about fathers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Ackerman on March 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book--really fun to read aloud, and good for lots of laughs and lots of fun animal imitations--i highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kelley on January 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
"My Father the Dog" is a wonderful book. My 9-year old and 4-year old boys both love it. It is a hilarious glimpse at the similarities of the dogs we love and the dads we love! Not only did we laugh while reading the book, but again the next morning when we giggled at dad doing just the things that were mentioned in the book. It was mommy and the boys "big secret." Thanks, Elizabeth Bluemie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Lewis on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We all know how Daddies REALLY are. This fun to read book shows a glimpse into how Daddies are just like doggies. I laughed out loud when I read this book at my daughter's school's book fair. Much fun! You'll think the father in your house IS a dog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on January 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Super funny! The author totally hits the nail on the head with this book. My son loves it- giggles all the time when we read it! Buy it.
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