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Dream Dog Library Binding – February 25, 2014

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K-Gr 2—Having a severely allergic father means that Harry's dreams of owning a dog are going nowhere, so he snaps on his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet and produces a furry imaginary friend he names Waffle. The pair is inseparable and, like most imaginary friends, is accepted by the adults and regarded skeptically by playmates. When his dad changes jobs, moving from a pepper factory to one that makes Ping-Pong balls, his allergies disappear, and he buys Harry a live dog, Bumper, as a birthday surprise. When the real dog can't see the imaginary pooch, Harry places him under the helmet for a few minutes and the three friends happily cavort out the door. At the end of their play and the book, the dream dog leaps up into the sky and out of the story while Harry bonds with his new pet. Catrow's signature loose-limbed, full-color gouache, pencil-and-ink art sprawls across the pages with detailed exaggeration. The story includes threads about Harry's father's jobs, the boy's first lizard pet, his friend Mathilda, and many adventures with his dream dog. The length of this tale, the fairly complex plot, and text that meanders leisurely suggests a school-age audience. However, Harry looks and often acts like a preschooler, which could make determining the right audience for the book difficult. Still, libraries looking for stories to help ease older children away from imaginary friends may want to consider this title.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Harry wants a dog so much that, one day, he pops his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet on and dreams up a giant, gallivanting blue dog named Waffle. Harry has such a great time with his new friend that he is barely troubled by the fact that no one else can see the big blue fellow. Before long, Harry’s dad turns up with a real dog, who wants nothing more than to be Harry’s best pal. It’s here that Berger (onetime head writer of Sesame Street) moves seamlessly from good-humored setup to touching and thoughtful wrap-up, as Harry puts the X-35 helmet on his new dog and all three friends spend a day playing out in the fields before Waffle races off happily after a cloud . . . and disappears. Catrow’s distinctively idiosyncratic character art and Seuss-inspired imaginary dog lend both visual depth and a joyful lightness to Berger’s story, which taps into the longing and imagination of youth and captures the incomparable bond between a child and a dog. Grades K-3. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 710 (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375966552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375966552
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,498,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sara VINE VOICE on February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Harry's father is allergic to dogs, which means Harry can never have one, no matter how much he asks. His dad gets him a chameleon, hoping it will satisfy Harry... and he does like it, but it's not a dog. So one day puts on his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet and dreams up a dog who won't trouble his father's allergies. Waffle is wonderful and it doesn't matter in the least that no one else can see her! Humorous and colorful illustrations complement this wonderful tale about creativity and the incomparable love between a boy and his dog! I adore DREAM DOG!
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Format: Hardcover
‘Dream Dog’ written by Lou Berger and illustrated by David J. Catrow is picture book that takes attention with its story, presentation and mostly with imaginative drawings that make reader watch each page for a long time admiring many details made by illustrator.

The author brought his message about wishes that if you truly believe in them will certainly come true nicely wrapped in a beautiful story about a boy and dog.

Main character, boy named Harry, always wanted a dog pet, but because his father worked in a pepper factory he became very sensitive of dog presence, sneezing whole time when some dog is near.

And because Harry’s father wanted to make him happy, instead of a dog he will buy him a lizard. But Harry wasn’t happy; he wanted another pet so he decided to make a bold move putting his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet on his head, wanting to create with thoughts his dream dog.

A miracle will happen, when a dog named Waffle appeared and though as for his father in the beginning was difficult to accept Harry’s new pet, the two friends will become inseparable…

Lou Berger was the head writer of Sesame Street for eleven years and winner of many awards which instantly can be seen when reader, especially older, took his picture book in hand - written text no matter that is intended for the kids is well-made and not at all trivial, as it sometimes happens in children's books.

Combination of dialogues and author’s narrative lead reader with delight through the story and it’s good that there are wonderful illustrations inside because otherwise due to interest book will be read in a few minutes.

The story illustrations that can be found between the covers are collection of remarkable drawings made by David J.
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Format: Hardcover
Lou Berger and David Catrow’s collaboration produced a sweet tale of imagination and love. Harry desperately longed for a dog, sadly his pleads were denied due to his father’s overly sensitive nose. A young boy needs a dog, even if that means taking the matter to his inventive mind to procure one. A humorous, touching and creative read that kids will enjoy.
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David Catrow yet again illustrates in his usual beautiful "dreamy" style! The story itself is in the same vein as "Our Tree Named Steve", (another Catrow- illustrated classic) Alas, a beautifully crafted story for the little ones! Adults will find a deeper theme to this tale which makes it enjoyable for both parent and child.
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