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PreSchool-Grade 2—George is a lovable and dependable basset hound whose humans have always been happy to have him around. When a stray comes into their lives, though, things suddenly change. Zippity runs, fetches, swims, and chases, and he zooms circles around George, who feels left out and displaced. Unfortunately, the newcomer is scared to death of thunder and runs away when a storm hits. The man and woman ask George to help, and he uses his trusty nose to track Zippity, rescuing him from the muck where he is stuck and frightened. The watercolor-and-pencil illustrations perfectly capture the exuberance and spirit of this tale. George's wrinkled, floppy, lovable face speaks volumes, and Zippity's energy is equally clear. Children who have had their own feelings of doubt, and of being overshadowed by the arrival of a new sibling, will relate to and embrace this story of each individual's importance and place in a family.—Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA
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George the dog is slow and steady. He rests in the hammock breathing in a thousand scents and sits in the boat when the woman and man go fishing. George has a good life--until a wiry stray arrives and changes everything. Zippity is a bouncer, a leaper, a runner. On fishing trips, he dives in and catches fish. The night a thunderstorm hits, George doesn't mind the noise, but Zippity goes crazy, racing around breaking things, and is ordered out. Then, worried that he'll get lost, the humans beg George to find him. With Zippity's blanket in his mouth, George does the one thing he does well--he follows a smell and rescues Zippity from sinking in thick, oozy muck. This slight twist on the old pet-new pet theme relies on the contrast in the dogs' personalities, age, and size (basset hound and terrier) for its "zip." Well-crafted, breezy drawings animate the flurry and frenzy as sound effects in red type accentuate the action. All's well that ends well, with two wagging tails. Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374371334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374371333
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Casanova is the author of 30 books for young readers, ranging from picture books, titles for American Girl, and novels. Once a reluctant reader, Mary is passionate about writing "stories that matter and books that kids can't put down." Her books frequently land on state reading lists and have earned many awards, including the ALA "Notable," Aesop Accolades by the American Folklore Society, Parent's Choice "Gold" Award, Booklist Editor's Choice, and two Minnesota Book Awards. When she's not on the road for research or speaking, she loves exploring the outdoors in northern Minnesota with her husband, Charlie, and their two horses, and three dogs. Visit her website at www.marycasanova.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Brown on March 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A picture book is award worthy when it has many layers. And this wonderful book has all that! On the surface it is beautifully illustrated and presents the entertaining story of an established basset hound feeling ousted by a yappy interloper. Underneath, the illustrations provide additional richness to the characters' personality development and the plot development with lightness and humor. Further, it presents a moral lesson of opposite personalities with different talents and styles each having their own value and importance in the scheme of things. As a grammar school librarian, I used this book for my second grade lesson plan. My students loved this book and so do I!
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Old George is a slow and steady hound dog and the center of his calm household. His chief pleasure is resting his head on his owner's lap and contentedly studying smells on the wind. Then one day a very lively little dog named Zippity arrives in a flurry of activity and barking as he runs around in circles, fetches the paper, and catches fish. All this hullabaloo makes George feel worn out and left out. But when Zippity gets himself lost in a thunderstorm, its up to George and his strong hound dog nose to sniff the pup out. Searching up and down slides, through the valley, and into a murky swamp, George finally finds Zippity firmly stuck in the mud. George pulls him out and brings him back to the homestead where he and Zippity realize they are both unique and beloved dogs in their own right and despite their differences. Energetically illustrated by Ard Hoyt, Mary Casonova's simple and elegant story of George and Zippity in "Some Dog!" is highly recommended for school and community library picturebook collections because of its appeal to dog lovers of all ages, and entertaining message young readers about sibling rivalry and the value of each and every member of a family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on July 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this in my local bookstore and loved it, just figured I'd go ahead and get it on line. Wonderful illustrations, GREAT story! Special appeal for sibling rivals, but more than that. I give this a happy woof woof! And, as a previous owner of a loving basset hound, the text offers a great doggie howl, right on target for sound!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There really is not anything I could find in this book to dislike. The story was good. The illustrations were skillfully done and matched the text perfectly, it was funny and the author was able to nail the relationship between the people in the story, the old dog and the new dog perfectly.

This is the story of an older dog, an old hound, who shares his life with his family, a very nice couple. George, the hound more or less has it made. He has a loving relationship with the couple he lives with, has a wonderful and quite routine and is quite settled in.

And then the unthinkable happens! A shaggy little stray dog shows up...a feisty little terrier who can seem to do now wrong, is full of energy and is into everything. The "new" dog is given the name of Zippity, which pretty well describes him to a tee.

George's quite life style is threatened in a big time way. Will the world ever be the same for the old dog? Will be able to adjust? Will he be able to regain his previously unchallenged title of "Some Dog?"

This is an interesting, funny, and enjoyable tale which is quite realistic and anyone who has introduced a new dog (or about any pet for that matter) into the household will be able to instantly relate to.

Kids like this book as it is filled with amusing action and the illustrations are an absolute hoot. They love to the new dog who is an absolute pest and how old George responds.

Of course all works out well for the old hound in the end and he regains his title and a new companion in Zippity who turns out to be not all that bad after all.

Most children relate to animal stories and love happy animal stories. This one fits that bill perfectly.

I must say I enjoyed every word of this one.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate on July 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love dogs and am always looking for children's books about dogs to read to my child. This one reminded me very much of my own two dogs and their vastly different personalities, so how could I not love it?
The illustrations are well done and fairly colorful. The storyline is realistic, interesting and it also teaches a lesson to children about accepting one another and learning to embrace differences and change. George may not be as energetic as his new friend, but that doesn't mean he can't love him. When George is called upon to save the new arrival, he does not hesitate, and learns in the end that his new friend isn't so bad after all.
This may also be good for a child who is getting a new brother or sister. Not to say children are like dogs, but this book will teach them that there will be changes in how they live once the new arrival comes. It may take some getting used to having a new family member, but the change will be one they end up loving in the end. Also, there is the realization that even though there is someone new and different around, they are still special and loved no matter what.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The book I read was about a dog named George and this other dog named Zippity.Zippitywas a really good dog at first but they spoild him to much that he became extreamly bad things like,he left footprints all over the carpet,and chewed up the rugs,and used to run around the house until....OUT!He was kicked out of the house.When there was a storm Zippity got lost and George felt bad for Zippity so George went out and found Zippity and they became BFFs.

My favorite part of the story was when George found Zippity and they became friends.

someone who has a dog who is a pest and they kicked there dog out of the house.

p.s. if you are reading my recommendantion I hope you like it.
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