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Polly Molly Woof Woof Hardcover – May 1, 2000

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From Publishers Weekly

As a prefatory note puts it, this compact volume is "as much a game as a story." The premiseDthere isn't really a plotDis that Molly the dog has been taken to the park by her owner, Polly, on one "lovely happy sunny summer day" for what quickly turns into a major doggie convention. As Molly meets each new comrade, readers are asked to sniff or bark. "Just look at all these dogs, and sniff just like they do," writes Lloyd (Grandma and the Pirate) on one page. Elsewhere he instructs, "Try both kinds of barking: the loud woofs and the bouncy ones. Make both kinds sound as happy as you can." Hard's (One Green Island) panoply of dog portraits brims with that goofy and uniquely canine joie de vivre. With its emphasis on audience participation, Lloyd's text would seem ideal for a librarian or teacher looking for an ice-breaking read-aloud. However, the small format and the frequent use of panel illustrations are at odds with such a use, as is one extremely text-heavy spread (containing such prose as "I can certainly feel what the happiness felt like on that lovely happy sunny summer day, can't you?"). Adults wishing to share this book at home will need a high dose of energyDand they can expect a rambunctious response. Ages 3-8. (May)
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-Polly takes Molly to the park, and Molly barks, loudly. A bouncy canine joins her, sniffs, and then yaps in an animated voice; Molly barks in return. A forlorn creature joins the first two, sniffs, and barks in a rather sad voice, and so on. There's no real plot-just a cumulative sniffing and barking text that asks children to join in. When all the canines are in chorus together, Lloyd writes, "Now this is what I call happy," and continues for two pages about what happiness might smell like to a dog or to a person. As an excuse for making a racket, as a prompt for creative dramatics, or simply for readers to play at what dogs do best, the book works. As a story, however, it's slight. Hard's exuberant design shows text on white with pencil, ink, and watercolor creatures on blocks of orange and gold. The best picture shows the canines with heads thrown back, barking with gusto. If you have soundproof walls, try using this in a small storytime program.
Sally Bates Goodroe, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076360755X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763607555
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,029,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is so fun to read with my four year old daughter!! The book encourages you to bark when the word bark is used, and sniff like a dog, when it mentions sniffing... we laughed and laughed as we read this book and barked and sniffed! It's a lot of fun and she wanted me to read it again and again... and getting her to listen to books is quite difficult at times!!! This is a sure-fire pleaser!!! You'll love it, and have one happy and giggling child at the end!!!
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Our son spilled milk on the school's copy of the book. It's a fine story, one that the kids like.
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