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A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose Hardcover – January 1, 2010


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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—Amelia wants a dog. When her persistent requests are repeatedly denied, she begins to pretend that she has a dog named "Bones," and gradually her mother and father go along with the game. Then, when her pet "gets lost," there is nothing for them to do but help Amelia find him. The search leads to an animal shelter and a real Bones to take home. The final spread, "Amelia's Guide to Getting Your First Dog," dispels any doubt that the child's actions were deliberate. Amelia is an endearing character, and Hunter's portrayal of her perfectly matches Stuve-Bodeen's text. The digitally enhanced, cheery pictures are airy and use simple shapes and colors. The almost comic-book format takes the eye quickly from one part of the page to another, leading readers through the story. This title is a good choice for a one-on-one read-aloud or for children to enjoy on their own.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Rarely have children been offered such a devious strategy for landing a mutt. Amelia’s daily refrain is unusually specific: “May I have a small brown dog with a wet pink nose?” She has doggy scrapbooks, doggy slippers, and even doggy diagrams (complete with arrows indicating both the animal’s smallness as well as the pinkness of its nose). Her parents gamely answer her questions about naming, walking, feeding, and sleeping with a dog, and they even admit that if a dog was lost, they’d look for it. The next day, Amelia acts as if an invisible dog now lives with them. Illustrated with dotted lines, this pretend pooch then gets “lost,” at which point Amelia convinces her parents to search for him at the animal shelter . . . and you can see where this is headed. The concepts are complicated but clear, and Hunter’s patterned illustrations are appropriately unpredictable, with nearly every page design different from the last. Plenty for kids to pore over while hatching their insidious plots. Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316058300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316058308
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

S.A. Bodeen is the author of the acclaimed YA novels The Compound, The Gardener, The Raft, and The Fallout. She is also the author of the Shipwreck Island series for middle grade readers. Raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, an experience which inspired her to write Elizabeti's Doll, her first award-winning picture book. She has a BS in education, an MFA in writing, and has lived in eight states, two African countries, and on a remote Pacific atoll. She currently lives in the Midwest and travels the country doing school visits.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara K on April 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just read "A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose" to two classes as part of our school's promotion of book fair week. The first graders loved the book and were very amused by the attractive and funny artwork and the repetition in the parent's replies to Amelia's questions. But the second graders were immediately struck by the dishonesty in Amelia's approach. The first comment I heard when I finished the story was, "But that's lying!" Unfortunately, as a book fair volunteer with only a few minutes with each class, I wasn't in a position to start a discussion on the issues raised. I had only time enough to agree and point out that Amelia's parents could have still said no without breaking their promise, because the dog at the shelter wasn't invisible like the Bones that they had "lost."

This second grader was correct, no question. If the story leaves any doubts, the end-paper of the hard-bound copy removes them, since it makes it quite clear that Amelia's plan to trick her parents into getting a dog was calculatingly premeditated and not just a serendipitous discovery.

I still enjoyed the story and the moral issues wouldn't stop me from reading it to a child. The artwork is a delight and the story is fun to read aloud. But I recommend only doing so when you're in a position to have a real conversation about Amelia's actions, and I would not read this to a child already struggling with honesty issues. I won't be buying this one at our book fair and I don't recommend it as a present, since I suspect many parents may have more qualms about it than I do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terri Hellbusch on January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my granddaughters (ages 6 & 8) for Christmas. They loved the book - they said the story was such a great one and the illustrations were the best. My 15 year old granddaughter also loved the book - she said "This is such a great book!!" It was read many, many times over the Christmas holiday and know it will continue to be a favorite. Once you read the book you'll want your own Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose!!! Thanks Stephanie for an awesome book!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Our families beloved Labrador past away about a year ago. My daughter is an animal lover, so when I saw this book at the library I just picked it up. Come to find out, as I'm reading it to her before bed...the story line is basically a "how-to" instruction book on tricking your parents into getting a dog. My husband thinks it's a conspiracy....(we've been hinting at getting another dog as of late and my husband has seriously said a line straight out of the story) The book honestly wasn't an intentional pick.

This book is a fun, witty work of fiction. My 5yr old thought is was hilarious once she put all the peices together. Although it's about tricking your parents, I still went ahead and purchased it. I think it will be a fun read for mother/daughter time.

Recommended!
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Note to all children: When you really, really want something badly, simply make an imaginary version of it, and take care of it, maybe your folks will think it's so adorably cute that you just may get it for real! That's what Amelia did in this charming tale that is filled with busy illustrations (even some real doggie photos) and a simple plot, that will make just about anybody laugh and say "Awwww, what a cute idea."
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