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About the Author

Shellie Braeuner won the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories Children’s Book Contest with The Great Dog Wash, a mini-version of which was made available in millions of cereal boxes. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Robert Neubecker illustrated I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow and is the author and illustrator of Wow! City!, Beasty Bath, and other books. He lives in Utah’s Wasatch Range.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Book in English and Spanish edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416971165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416971160
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to my parents, I have been telling stories since I could talk. I can still remember leafing through each National Geographic magazine and creating stories from the photographs.
My Mom thought I would either be a Psychologist or a Writer.
So no one was entirely surprised when I was accepted to Vanderbilt and got my masters Degree in Counseling. I started writing down some of the stories that I used with the children I counseled.
But I quickly discovered that while I loved working with children, the clinical setting was not for me.
I also discovered that a Nanny with a Masters was a rare and desirable thing and worked with many wonderful families. I enjoyed watching the children grow and develop. And I loved telling them stories.
In 2003, the family I worked for moved to Atlanta, GA, and I went with them. I had more time on my hands, and found myself writing down many of the stories I told the children. I started playing around with the idea of seeking a publisher. But I was unsure of exactly how to proceed. I started reading books about children's publishing and editing my work. After moving back to Nashville, my mother suggested a writer's conference she had seen in the paper. So in 2007, I went to my very first writer's workshop.
It was a mentoring workshop, where attendees had the opportunity to have their work critiqued by professional editors. I had the honor of working with Holly Miller, an editor for the Saturday Evening Post, and published author with many books to her credit. She gave me wonderful support for my writing and suggested that I enter writing contests to help me "break in" to the profession.
In the summer of 2007, a friend sent me information about the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories Contest. It seemed almost too good to be true. The Grand prize winner would have their story distributed by Cheerios, and the opportunity to be published by Simon and Schuster. I worked on several different pieces that I had already written, and even toyed with a few new ideas.
But nothing seemed right.
On the very last day of the contest I had almost given up hope of entering when inspiration hit. I was washing the family dog with the youngest child, who was three at the time. She started singing "Dog Wash, Dog Wash," as we scrubbed away.
It struck me that if she was having that much fun with the words, maybe other children would too. While I fed her lunch, I started writing the first rough draft of The Great Dog Wash. I continued to work throughout the afternoon, and got it entered in the contest a few hours before the deadline.
In December, 2007, I received a call that changed everything. I was informed that I had won the first Spoonfuls of Stories Contest, and that Simon and Schuster wanted to publish my story.
They paired me with an award winning illustrator, Robert Neubecker, who brought the words to life in such a wonderfully fun way.
The whole experience, from babbling my excited words of thanks to a roomful of people in Minnesota, to the launch of the hardback July 7, has been fantastic. Cheerios has given me more exposure than I had ever expected. My story has gone out in 1.5 million Cheerios boxes. And the people at Simon and Schuster have been incredibly supportive and patient with my many, many questions.
It has been a dream come true, and hopefully, there is more to come. I am putting the final touches on another picture book and working on a Young Adult novel. So I'm looking forward to whatever the future may hold.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda Echegaray on July 14, 2009
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My 7 year old daughter read this book for the first time two weeks ago and instantly fell in love. She has since read it four times and still has not tired of it. It is jam packed with action to the end and the words are right on par with the second grade reading level. A ton of fun for all ages, especially those who have ever attempted to bathe an unwilling dog! Enjoy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Drama Mama on July 14, 2009
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This is a wonderful book, for young and old alike. The limericks and illustrations pull you into the fun. Washing a dog of any size, big or small, will never seem like a "chore" again! "The Great Dog Wash" is a great book to be read aloud to non-readers and easy enough for newer readers to anticipate the next rhyming phrase with enough fun for everyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jessica E. Young on July 14, 2009
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My children love the lively verse, creative rhyme, and playful illustrations. A great read-aloud book that my five-year-old also has fun reading to his little sister. Great for any dog-lover, too, as there are many recognizable breeds. I really appreciate that it depicts a diverse sampling of kids.
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Instead of a car wash day, it's going to be even more fun when the children have a dog wash day. Watch out because everyone, including the dogs are on the run. Two girls grab the hose while one wide-eyed pup is firmly held by a boy who, of course, has his eyes shut. "Slippery, slobbery, do a good jobbery. Wash all that dog smell away." Pee yew! There are all kinds of different dogs that need washing. You can see a tall Afghan hound and a roly-poly beagle. Some are fancy purebreds while others . . . let's just say they are a little mixed up. There is a St. Bernard being scrubbed in a tub. Ooops, when he got up he decided to do a little shaking and a lot of water splashed in a little girl's eyes. WAAAAH!

Now the dog wash is in full swing and many people are lined up with their animals. Is that a cat at the end of the line? "Oh, gee! Look at that! Now, who brought a cat? Watch out! Be careful! Oh, no! Just what we need, a doggy stampede. And up the street all of them go." Soap suds are all around. The hose is on the ground and the little girl clasps her hands over her mouth. The poodle, the beagles, the dalmatian, a German shepherd and dogs galore try to catch that darn cat. Of course the kids will have a hard time rounding up those dogs. Is this going to be the end of their "Great Dog Wash Jamboree?"

This uproarious, madcap scramble of kids, dogs n' cat will delight young children everywhere, especially if they have a dog. The rhyming scheme was perfect and words like "slobbery" add a nice little twist to the already humourous story. The artwork is lively and vibrant and adds a lot to the adventure of the story. This is Shellie Braeuner's first book, the winner of the "Cheerios New Author Contest." If you or your youngster are dog lovers, this might be one you'll add to your list . . . forget the dog shampoo, the bucket and the hose!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rina Bass on December 23, 2009
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I love this book. I bought it for my 5 year old granddaughter. It's a cute story with beautiful illustrations. I am a substitute teacher and spend a lot of time in kindergarten classes. This is a book my students would want to read over and over again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kelley on January 26, 2011
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The pictures in this book are great! Our 14 month old son loves pointing at all the colorful dogs and proclaiming "da, da, da". Someday he will get the "og" part of "dog", but for now he is very happy listening to the story line and trying to point out all the pictures in this book that he recognizes. To a toddler, I imagine this book is action packed and in high definition with surround sound. Big colorful pages. Pictures of lots of first words. Fun story line. Excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By luv2 on January 25, 2011
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I had originally gotten this book in a Cheerios box for free. My granddaughter loved for me to read it to her. We read it so much it was falling apart. I was thrilled when I saw it offered here on Amazon. It is a larger, hardcover version than what came in the Cheerios box and it is all in English, no spanish on the opposite pages. We've had the book for a year now and she still loves the doggies taking a bath.
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