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Please Take Me For a Walk Hardcover – May 11, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375858636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858635
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—The star of this book, a fuzzy white terrier, is the quintessence of dogdom. The title serves as a refrain, and at each repetition children see only the pup against a green background, looking hopeful and appealing as he romps around on his red-and-white gingham leash. The other pages are awash with charming autumnal scenes that depict the heart of a village and all the happy activities the dog envisions himself engaging in: "I need to chase away the neighbor's cat,/send the birds back to their nests,/and keep the squirrels high up in the trees…." This is readers' opportunity to enjoy many aspects of their own world through the safety and enthusiasm of the animal's eyes. Children will appreciate the vitality and diversity in each picture, executed in charcoal on paper with digital collages. They'll see families in the park, stores with friendly proprietors, houses, sidewalks, vehicles, mail carriers, and a spectacular variety of other dogs. The collages contribute a riot of texture and color to each page. This delightful addition will have children voicing a request very much like the pup's: to get out and interact with their communities.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Susan Gal began her illustration career as a poster and calendar artist. She then worked as an "actor with a pencil" for Disney Animation Florida before returning to her native California to create lively and whimsical illustrations.

 

Susan Gal's first picture book was Night Lights, which also featured a great dog character. But the inspiration for this book was Susan's own best friend, the Boston terrier Wanda Woo.

 

Susan lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, her daughter, and assorted studio pets. You can read more about her work at galgirlstudio.com.


More About the Author

Susan began her illustration career as a poster and calendar artist. Her lively and whimsical illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and on the silver screen.
Susan's books include Night Lights, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Please Take Me for a Walk, Into the Outdoors, and Day by Day.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison's VINE VOICE on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Both my 5 year old and I loved this charming children's book!

This cute little dog on the cover wants to go for a walk. In order to persuade you, she takes you on a tour of her neighborhood, which is wonderfully diverse and beautifully illustrated.

The illustrations in this picture book are both simple and engaging, and at the same time interesting enough that each time we read this book, my son discovers something new about one of the pages - "Look Mommy! That doggie in the window is waiting for a walk too!"

My 5 year old couldn't wait to read the book, and giggled when the butcher game the dog a bone, and again when the dog showed him her belly. Giggles are good!

This is a great book to remember if the teacher asks me to come in to read to the class!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Zemek on June 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute, charming little book for children about a dog wanting to go for a walk with full-page illustrations portraying the reasons why the dog likes to go for walks. It's a lovely book that was entertaining and amusing to me. It only takes about three minutes to read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
There is no book, just the cover! Every page is a blurred camera and warning icon. It LOOKS inviting, my granddaughter and I are anxious to read the story!
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