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Dominic: A Picture Book Paperback – October 2, 2007
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I am leaving in rather a hurry to see more of the world, so I have no time to say goodbye to you individually. I embrace you all and sniff you with love. I don't know when I'll be back. But back I will be.
It's time for a change, so Dominic packs his collection of hats and his piccolo and heads out, letting the world take him where it may. When Dominic encounters members of the Doomsday Gang, he easily foils their attempt to rob him. Legend of his victory quickly spreads, and each new friend Dominic meets tells him a story of their own less-fortunate meeting with the villains, and asks for help from the heroic dog. But can one lone dog bring down an entire band of hooligans?
“William Steig has created an engaging hero, a dog with a heart of gold, nerves of steel, and the varied talents of Renaissance Man. Dominic sallies forth to see the world and to earn gratitude and acclaim for his generosity, his courage, and his prowess at absolutely everything to which he turns his paw--including the foiling of a dastardly troop of villains who have been preying on the community . . . A good story for reading aloud.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“A likely candidate for classic status.” ―Selma G. Lanes, Harper's
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- Publisher : Square Fish; Reprint edition (October 2, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312371446
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312371449
- Reading age : 6 - 12 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 900L
- Grade level : 3 - 6
- Item Weight : 4.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #142,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2022
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He read this book as a kid and absolutely fell in love with the adventure, and the adversity that Dominic overcame.
He later named me after him, as a representation of the Journey Dominic faced.
I relate a lot to it reading it for the first time, as life has never been easy, but like Dominic, I overcame always with a smile and a friendly attitude.
Recently I decided to relocate far away from my family, and having him see this book and have it again felt really nice. He’ll be able to read it to my Niece and Nephew as they grow older without me around.
“I am leaving in rather a hurry to see more of the world, so I have no time to say goodbye to you individually. I embrace you all and sniff you with love. I don't know when I'll be back. But back I will be.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 29, 2022
Will Dominic really need the spear? You bet! It is not much later that he meets three members of the dreaded Doomsday Gang! Will he win the battle?
Dominic is the sort of dog you would like to meet in human form. He is very considerate of others and even saves a yellow jacket from a spider's web. When he comes to the home of Bartholomew Badger, who is 100 years old, he stays and cares for him until his death. After burying him, he then searches for the treasure that Bartholomew has left him. A great lesson here as Dominic soon realizes how much of a burden wealth can be. How does he handle it?
SO many great characters in this book. Kids will smile at Matilda Fox and her five goslings! Yes, that's not a typo. The goose has the surname of Fox! So many more that you will meet as you journey with Dominic.
With pictures spread sporadically throughout this book that add to the storytelling this is a chapter book that is FANTASTIC as a read aloud over several days or great for older, independent readers. The writing is not at all dumbed down so don't be surprised if you get asked what a word means. You may even have to look some up yourself!
For parents who are concerned about the influence of alcohol, alcohol is consumed but not on a regular basis and where it occurs flows naturally with the story and setting.
When Dominic the Dog heads out to seek his fortune, he meets animals of all kinds, narrowly escapes danger and bad guys, makes fascinating friends, attends a wedding, finds treasure — all while living life in the moment and being a model citizen. By the end, you won’t JUST want to meet Dominic, you’ll want to BE Dominic!
It’s a lovely story, full of humor. And I can’t imagine a better book to spark family conversations about how to live a good life and what’s truly important. Or to reflect on your own existence. Don’t miss this! It’s the kind of book you’ll want to own and revisit.
Steig's language is advanced for children, which is both a plus and a minus. The plus is that your child will see or hear words that are good to know, the minus is that it can make reading a little more difficult.
The story keeps moving and the characters are likable and expressive and motivated by virtues.
Steig typically tackles life-and-death subject matter, and this book is no different. In fact, one character dies during the book in a drawn out section. It is not heavy-handed, but it is good to be aware that these subjects are discussed at length.
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Auf dem Weg ins Abenteuer begegnet Dominic anderen Tieren, denen er mit Rat und Tat zur Seite steht. Natürlich gibt es auch diejenigen, die Dominic versuchen zu töten (die Doomsday Gang), aber Dominic ist schlauer.
Insgesamt: Netter Zeitvertreib mit einem sympatischen Protagonisten