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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; First Edition edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802784860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802784865
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,287,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Renanah Lehner is a psychologist and Gina Bazer is an editor for the Chicago Tribune's Chicago Home and Garden Magazine. They met at Northwestern University and settled in Chicago after graduation where they live with their husbands and children. This is their first book.

Andrew Day also lives in Chicago, IL, and this is his first book.


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I have bought this book to read to my 4 years old grandson.
Sender F
My kids (preschool and grade school) love hearing about the First Family, so I bought them this book today.
D.A.B.
And the book has a good message for kids that they can take action to achieve what they want.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Svetcov on May 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What little kid doesn't fantasize about being the daughter or son of the President? And, what kid worth his/her salt, doesn't want a dog companion to share all the adventures in life? Now Hiring: White House Dog is a perfect combo of those fantasies: sisters (who greatly resemble Obama's girls) take matters into their own hands when their dad, the President, fails to deliver on his promise to get them a dog. We get to see the sisters roaming the great house, interviewing doggy candidates for the job of First Pooch, dressing up for state dinners, and finally negotiating a doggie settlement that would impress Congress. You and your kids will love this glimpse at family life in the White House. "It's a real home," your kids will likely say. "With real kids...who play...just like me..." They'll also be learning about government and current events. Adorable drawings too. I want a sequel...yesterday...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sender F on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have bought this book to read to my 4 years old grandson.
He is at the age when he makes/brakes friendships all the time, and he often says things like `I like her/him' or `I don't like him/her'. I was looking for a book or movie to get him into discussion about what qualities he may like and or not like in friends.
In this book each dog has its own character, and the characters are described in terms of what dogs will do or will not do, not what they are. In this way, I am sure my grandson will understand differences between the dogs and their characters.
And dogs' characters are described kind of like short-songs, with rhymes, which is easier to read or even sing.
Looking forward to see how my grandson likes it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D.A.B. on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My kids (preschool and grade school) love hearing about the First Family, so I bought them this book today. They loved it! The text is easy to follow and the illustrations are engaging. Although the book is labeled as "fiction," it's easy to see who inspired the clever sisters in the story. I would recommend this book for children who are dog lovers, First Family-watchers or just those who enjoy a fun story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on June 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Obviously, this is a book that was written about a prominent real life family. It has been widely reported by the media that America's first family is in the market for a White House dog. What better way to get kids familiar with current events than a concept they can easily identify with?

Despite promises of a dog from Mom and Dad, no action has been taken to actually acquire one. Tired of waiting, the girls decide to create a sign for their front lawn, detailing the fact that there is a vacancy in their family for a new best friend. Their advertising proves to be effective, with dogs arriving immediately to apply for the position! One, then two, then four more, until the lawn is filled with furry bodies! Each time a new dog arrives, the girls are treated to a clever little introductory poem.

The girls scurry to conceal their rhyming applicants until after the family's big party is over. Just as the last guests take their leave, the house is filled with barking. The dogs have infiltrated the White House! As soon as the girls meet up with the dogs, the house is filled with sneezing instead. It seems one of the girls is allergic to the dogs. A small, black puppy breaks from the pack and explains that his fur is special and will not cause allergic reactions. The parents agree that this is the right choice for their family and they also find special homes for the rest of the dogs. Happy, wagging endings all the way around.

In real life, the Obama family has adopted a 6-month-old Portuguese Water Dog. This breed is known for high spirits and said to be a good fit for kids with allergies. The Obama girls, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, chose to dub their new puppy Bo, a name that has meaning to their family. This book is a fun way to introduce children to current events and to help them realize that selecting a family pet is a universal experience, no matter which house you live in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Hess on May 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a mom of two kids and really appreciate a book that doesn't have the same rhymes as every other kid book. It also has a good mix of rhyming and story telling, new vocabulary (but not too tricky), and unique dog personalities that make it fun to read in different voices. Our 3 year old picks this one every time. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.R.B. on May 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book by two obviously accomplished authors really shines. My 4 year old son, who's been campaigning himself for either a dog or a cat, loved it. Each dog is different and the girls have to make decisions about which one would be the best White House dog. Great story, very nice illustrations. Highly recommended!
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Format: Hardcover
We have a lot of kids books at home, and sometimes it's hard to know which ones my three-year-old likes and which ones he just kind of puts up with, like sweet potatoes on his dinner plate. But he's taken to quoting "Now Hiring: White House Dog" -- when he pretends to be a dog or otherwise -- so this book will get repeat readings in our house. The book obviously plays off real news, but it doesn't have a dashed-off quality. Instead, it reads and looks like a labor of love. Also: I like books for kids where they can get something different out of it at different ages, and this book seems like one of those. I definitely recommend it.
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