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Dogs Hardcover – February 9, 2010

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1—Dogs, like dinosaurs, are a surefire draw for young children, and this eponymously named picture book is bound to delight canine lovers. On the cover, a large, winsomely drawn hound, leash in mouth and begging to go out, irresistibly invites young readers to pick up the book and start turning the pages. In minimal, rhyming text, an unidentified narrator describes its favorite kinds of dogs—big, small, stripy, spotty, tough, and soft—and, along the way, offers a subtle lesson in the meaning of opposites. Expressive pencil drawings, overlaid with soft washes of watercolor on creamy stock, waggishly animate more than a dozen varieties of dogs, including an enormous, protective Great Dane; a soft and squishy bichon frise; and an energetic Dalmatian. (The endpapers identify the types of dogs portrayed.) The surprise ending reveals the identity of the narrator—a cat, which qualifies "favorite" as any hound that doesn't chase it. The pacing of the simple text and scale of the drawings lend this title equally well to preschool storytimes, lap-sharing, and emerging-reader fans of Biscuit and Dog and Bear. A winner.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
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Canine fever sets in quickly: the endpapers depict a lineup of breeds you’re about to meet, the dedication is being dragged away by a mutt, and the imprint information is arrayed in the shape of a bone. So there’s no doubting Gravett’s first line when we finally reach it: “I love dogs.” The two-page spreads that follow illustrate in loving watercolor various sets of opposites: “I love slow dogs / and fast dogs. / Shabby / and chic dogs.” For big/small, Gravett shows an enormous Marmaduke look-alike nosing a tiny Chihuahua. For barking/quiet, a runt yips (illustrated effectively with multicolored dashes) while two floppy-eared larger dogs wince and paw at their ears. Most evocative are the layouts for hairy/bald (the page is obscured by the small slashes representing the floating hair of the shedding pooch) and good/bad (featuring two dogs, each holding a house slipper but with dramatically different results). Though the closing revelation that the narrator is a cat is unnecessary, this is a wonderfully warmhearted ode to four-legged friends. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Daniel Kraus
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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; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416987037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416987031
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2010
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I took one look at this book and fell in love. The combination of the great illustrations and the large format make this perfect for group sharing. The rhymes go along at a perfect rhythm for reading aloud and give a nice little lesson in opposites. The illustration of the hairy dog is guaranteed to make anyone smile. There are many picture books out there that take on dogs in all of their forms and functions, but I would say that none do it better than this one. A superb effort that will be going in my permanent story time collection. A huge recommend for toddlers and preschoolers.
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The kitty cat just loved all kinds of dogs. She liked Great Danes because they are BIG, but she also liked little dogs like the Chihuahua because they are small. "Tough dogs" like bulldogs are loveable, but then again soft poofy dogs like the Bichon Frise are grand too. There are those yippity yappity dogs and dogs that are pretty quiet, laid back, and just hang around. She loved `em all.

Some dogs like the German Shepherd are the rough and tumble sorts who like to tussle with their toys while others like to play quietly with theirs. Gotta love `em! Sheepdogs are as hairy as they come and their hair will fly all over the place while the Chinese Crested dog doesn't have much to spare. There are all kinds of dogs that a cat can love, including the Saluki, the Pug, the Poodle, the Bull Terrier, the Dalmatian, the Dachshund, the Shar Pei, and the Jack Russell, but there is one kind of dog that the kitty cat does NOT like. Can you guess what kind that could be?

This is an amazing simple, but totally engaging book about all kinds of lovable, huggable dogs. There is a wide assortment of dogs who march their way through these pages, all with different personalities and looks that someone is bound to love. The artwork highlights each dog on a simple cream colored background and nicely brings out their personalities with each stroke of the brush. No spoilers here, but the little twist at the end will bring a smile to your face. If have a dog or are a dog lover, this is one book you simply have to have on your shelves!
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Great picture book for a toddler who loves dogs. Emily Gravett does beautiful work and this is one of her younger and less quirky titles. This was a gift for a 2 year old who loves dogs and it was a hit with the child and the parents. If you like this one, Orange Pear Apple Bear is a great companion for a younger reader and Wolves for an older reader.
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The children I shared this book with really enjoyed it. Not only are the illustrations adorable and appealing, but the text is short enough to share with the youngest child. In addition to being just fun to read, the book can be used to talk about different kinds of dogs, as well as opposites. The twist at the end is amusing. I wasn't sure the kindergartners would get the ending but they did. They were also more than happy to talk about their own experiences with dogs. A fun read-a-loud on a perennially popular topic.
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All 3 of my kids LOVE this book. We checked it out at the library first -- but we read it so often and had to keep renewing it over and over again that we finally purchased our own copy. The illustrations are great and the story concept is fun for kids--my five year old especially loves it because of all the "opposites" in the book. Example: I love fast dogs, I love slow dogs, I love shabby dogs, I love chic dogs, etc. So fun to see so many different types of dogs in this book. Great book!
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My little one loves dogs and this book with the illustrations are completely charming. The author/illustrator puts so much detail into every dog that it is wonderful to look at the pictures. Not to mention there is a wide variety of dogs and each one shows something different. If your little one loves dogs this would be an excellent addition to your library! It doesn't have a lot of content and can keep your little ones attention without being overwhelming.
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My daughter is obsessed with dogs and this book is wonderful! Beautiful illustrations and easy for a 2 year old to understand! Fabulous!!! Would also be a great first book for new readers as there aren't many words on each page and it is an easy read.

Love love love this book!
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Dogs by Emily Gravett is a great pick for dog lovers. My 2 year old grandson has me read it again and again. It also teaches some breeds of dogs through pictures.I would share it with any child.
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