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Any Kind of Dog Paperback – August, 1994

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2. In this short tale by Lynn Reiser (Greenwillow, 1992), Richard longs for a dog. His mother provides other pets which Richard likens to pictures in books about dogs. The caterpillar looks like a Lhasa Apso, the lamb like a Bedlington Terrier. The simple repetitive text, dependent on the folksy, pleasant illustrations for important details of the story, finds a most suitable vehicle in this read-along format. Only through the pictures does one sense the growing pandemonium resulting from the addition of the various pets. In the end, Mother relents and,although Richard concedes that dogs are a lot of trouble, he declares that the dog is worth it. A male narrator reads slowly, and sprightly music and animal sounds begin and end the presentation. Page-turn signals, the sound of a page turning, are on one side of the tape.?Fritz Mitnick, Shaler North Hills Library, Glenshaw, PA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From a psychiatrist who debuted with Bedtime Cat (1991), another story constructed on a repetitive pattern, but with a stronger story and a more satisfying conclusion. Richard wants a dog, but his mother says it'd be too much trouble; instead, she gets him other animals, each resembling one of the dogs in the book he's always reading (the mouse looks like a Chihuahua) and each larger than the last (the pony looks like a Great Dane). At last, Richard has his way--and the dog is ``a lot of trouble, but it was worth it.'' The conclusion is realistic--though the dog is real, all the other animals turn out to be toys. Unpretentious but amusingly expressive, Reiser's bright pen-and-watercolor illustrations tell much of the story, while the very simple phrases in the text get funnier with each dogged repetition-- readers are sure to chortle at the idea that a bear, and even a lion, could be less trouble than a dog. A promising readaloud. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688135722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688135720
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 9.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,056,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I gave this book to my 11 year old niece on her birthday. When she was 18 months old she and her Mom would read it together and every time the word "dog" came up my niece would gruffly shout "dog!" Didn't know if she would have a memory of that --- she didn't --- but her Mom did, and there are other kids who (hopefully) will enjoy it in the years to come! Great book for a little kid, not so great for a tween. :)
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Format: Paperback
My 5 year old son checks out many books from kindergarten to read and this has been the most read one he's brought home all year! The drawings are fun, the story line is simple and cute, and the repetitive pattern of the words are fun for him to say along with me as I read it to him. This would be a good learning to read book also as the type is large and you come across many of the same words on each page. It's also a book a parent can enjoy (and we don't even have a dog!)
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My son received this for Christmas when he was 2 1/2 and asking for a dog of his own. After two years -- and his own dog -- it is still read several times a week. He chuckles at the animals wreaking havoc in the living room while Richard pines for a real dog. The pictures are just as entertaining as the text! I recommend this humorous book for all children, not just dog lovers, since the repetition and illustrations will captivate, and Richard's perseverance will be admired.
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