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Cute, not my favorite
on October 17, 2015
This is cute, though the pages seem a bit cluttered (which would be hard to avoid for a counting book.) The various doggies each have a different sound they make, from bark, to whine, to howl. At the end a cat breaks the pattern.
It isn't as inviting as some, to pick up and read to a non-verbal baby, which is what I am looking for at the moment in board books.
My favorites of the Boynton books are "Blue Hat, Green Hat," "Moo, Baa, La-La-La," and after that would be "Barnyard Dance." I also just previewed "Snuggle Puppy" on YouTube (a great way to preview books), and THAT is the Boynton doggie book I SHOULD have ordered.
For counting books (though not a board book, I think), I love Mem Fox's "Let's Count Goats." That is so much more than just counting, and with funny rhymes that roll off your tongue, it is a delight to read.
Update: Now tested by two year old twin niece & nephew, one obssessed with dogs... This one falls a bit flat. Some mild interest with the different dog sounds, but they are bored before the end. The book also does not lend itself well to the actual counting. Many other books, with engaging stories, lend themselves better to stop & count something on the page. This one, you *might* get out the different dog sounds on the page before they are bored and wanting to turn the page or wander around. Forget about also pointing and counting on the cluttered page. The Snuggle Puppy, Going to Bed Book, Not The Hippopotamus (Daddy's wry reading voice, channeling David Attenborough, of the "but [pause] not the hippopotamus" part really livens that one up) , and Moo Baa Lalala are their favorites. Horns to Toes and Opposites are the other Boynton books they own that fall in the "not the favorite" category, that aren't bad, but only occasionally get read.
Their other favorites outside of Boynton include Boom Chicka Boom, I am a Bunny (parents add sound effects to each page, even if it is just "pluck, pluck, pluck, pluck" for picking flowers, crunch for leaves, or wind sounds for snow), and Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball (I think the regular & board books may be different for this...they are both delightful.)