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Why Do I Have to Eat Off the Floor? Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802796176
  • ASIN: B005Q5ZPMC
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—A curious dog asks his young owner a series of typical toddler questions, which are followed by one-line, adult-sounding answers. "Why can't I drive the car?" "Because you are too small to drive." "Why can't we play ALL the time?" "Because there are other things we have to do." "Why do I have to be good when we have company?" "Because we want them to see how well-behaved you are." The illustrations are amusing and expressive, and young children will relate to Murphy's many questions. However, the story lacks consistency, and the child's bland answers lack imagination. Some questions, answers, and corresponding illustrations seem to fit the characters, while others don't. Even the title may be confusing for young readers, as Murphy eats from a dish and not straight from the floor.—Amanda Moss, Maywood Elementary School, Monona, WI
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From Booklist

Kids can relate to questions like "Why can't I?" and answers like "Because." In this offbeat, canine-centric take, Murphy, a floppy-eared beagle, wonders about many things, for example, "Why can't I dig in the garden?" To each query, his young girl owner offers matter-of-fact responses, e.g., "Because we want the flowers to grow." Finally, after responding to questions such as why playtime can't be all the time, and why baths are necessary, she sums it all up: "Because . . . you are a DOG, Murphy!" Straightforward prose is lightened by witty, pastel-hued, cartoon-line art. The funny scenes heighten the humor. Murphy is not only digging--he's driving an earthmover. Dog lovers will appreciate cute, expressive, ever-curious Murphy; his questions; and his wishes; and they will certainly sometimes sympathize with his longings and limitations. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Format: Hardcover
We were fortunate enough to obtain an Australian printing of this delightful book, which my now seven-year-old daughter still adores.

She loves the book's "trick" ending, which I won't spoil here, and refers often to lovable Murphy, who has become a sort of "virtual pet" around these parts.

Your child -- or any special small person -- will love this book!
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Format: Hardcover
'Why can't we play all the time? Why can't I drive your car?' These and other queries kids ask parents assume a fun, zany new twist when addressed by a dog to her child owner. Gwyn Perkins' drawings are simple yet fun and capture the zany humor and underlying puzzles of responsibility. A different, fun find picturebook libraries will want.
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By Melcjm on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We have an Australian edition of this book, the author is a friend of a member of my family. My 3 year old son absolutely loves this book and finishes every sentence for me! See my review [...]
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