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Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs Hardcover – April 28, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 2—This colorful picture book provides humorous information on how to make friends and interact with dogs. The tips are easy and useful, but are delivered in rhyme with an uneven meter that feels forced: "You're so polite!/You can pet these five,/but Maddie might bite." Or, "Before you give a treat to Kate/make your hand into a plate/Lick, lick, lick!/Too much is ick!/It's all right to say, ENOUGH/to all that/sloppy kissy stuff." The exaggerated, loose-line, cartoon art, filled with bright, digital hues, has a fragmented feel. The woman giving advice to the children wears black, pointy gloves and boots, resulting in a harsh, didactic tone. The concept and message are good ones and it's clear that careful thought and consideration went into the informative tips, but the execution is not entirely successful. Stephanie Calmenson's May I Pet Your Dog? (Clarion, 2007) and Elizabeth Verdick's Tails Are Not for Pulling (Free Spirit, 2005) are better alternatives.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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Maybe smooching strange schnauzers isn’t such a good idea, but neither is cowering in fear. In this vividly illustrated and smartly written tutorial, Wahman runs through a set of rhyming tips for any child encountering a potential canine friend. Much of the advice is placid: “Stand still and let dogs come to you / to smell your hand or sniff your shoe.” Other advice is presented in rather startling fashion, as when flared, disembodied hands paw at a canine’s face: “Whap! Whap! Whap! Dogs hate that!” No matter the mood, the illustrations strike a perfect balance, using a spiky style reminiscent of papercraft atop bright, single-color backgrounds. The slightly surreal approach isn’t the most obvious choice when designing what is essentially a safety book, but it works, nicely isolating the details that matter most, whether it’s how a palm holds chow beneath a doggie’s chin or the way to curl your fingers before allowing a pooch to sniff. Gentle self-defense suggestions close this unique offering. Preschool-Grade 2. --Daniel Kraus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805087338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805087338
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Gorski on April 3, 2011
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I love this book! I bought it to read with the children I nanny to help with dealing with my dog. You can tell a child something over and over, but when you read it to them with a vibrant and whimsical book like this, it just sinks in. The kids go around repeating lines from the book. They also do things like put their hand down for the dogs to smell, the proper way, fingers curled under. I asked them to do this many times, but they didn't do it until I read this book to them. This is my favorite dog book for children and I would recommend it to everyone! It's very fun.
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Great book for small children. I bought it to read to my small grandchildren to help them understand the importance of treating my dogs well. They love the book! It arrived quickly and in excellent shape.
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I work at a humane society where I teach dog safety to children. I would say this is one of the best books around to help younger kids understand how to stay safe around dogs. I usually do a presentation on safety and use the book as a fun way to review what I've taught. It's perfect for your kindergarten-2 grade crowd. I've had many teachers who've commented on how valuable they believe this book is when I work with kids on dog bite prevention.
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I just received this book as a gift and love the illustrations. They're fun, downright zany, and full of energy. The dogs, even Maddie (who's an anxious little thing), are representative of dogs that may be new to children or adults. Wahman's recommendations are easy to remember and very effective. They're meant to allow dogs and kids the space to slowly get to know each other - no patting on the head, instead just scratching or rubbing lightly on the cheek or chest, and no fingers outstretched to an unknown mouth but curling fingers into a protected ball. There are suggestions for offering a snack (with the hand held flat) and recognizing the signs for a fearful dog. Wahman's rhymes are catchy and simple, and they stay with you. I'm ordering some for gifts to my nieces and nephew who don't have dogs but do have occasional contact. Loved this!
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This is a book I use when visiting schools with my therapy dog. It teaches children how to be around dogs. The vendor got it to me promptly.
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I've gifted both this book and Wahman's other picture book, A Cat Like That, to my niece, who's three. She adores both books, asking her mother to read them to her all the time. Perhaps more importantly, she's taken the lessons in the books and applied them to the way she interacts with other people's pets, respectfully curling her fingers to have a dog sniff her before petting, and always remembering to ask the dog's owner if it's OK first. That's the mark of a highly successful children's book! Wahman's illustrations and rhymes are fresh and super cute, too.
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I actually just checked this book out at our local library. We bought our three young children a dog for Christmas and I wish we would have bought this book first. It has great tips for young dog owners and is easy to understand. Even my two year old asks me to read this obook over and over! I will be purchasing this book for my home.
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I wish all dog owners, as well as parents whose child might interact with a dog at some point, (which is, um...everyone, just about) would be required to read this book. In her well illustrated, well reasoned way, Wendy shares some excellent tips for teaching a child how to interact with a dog. Without judgement, she teaches gentle lessons, which could very well prevent many avoidable incidents between dogs and kids that end up in injuries for the kids, and banishment or worse for the dog.
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