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I Got Two Dogs: (Book and CD) Hardcover – October 21, 2008
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PreSchool-Grade 1—This musical ode to two prized pooches packs a crowd-pleasing wallop of theatricality: "I got two dogs, Fanny and Blue./Bet you kind of wish you had two dogs too.... They're not too smart, but they're loyal and true-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo/Oh there's nothing I'd trade for my Fanny and Blue." Lithgow performs his catchy melody on the accompanying CD, complete with a back-up chorus, trilling flutes, and trumpets. The lyrics are translated clearly onto the book's pages and will send listeners into fits of giggles at each houndlike repetition of the "ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo" refrain. Neubecker's large, vibrant paintings perfectly capture the frenetic world of dog ownership, cheekily depicting a broader appreciation for each creature's personality than the verses alone provide. For example, "I got two dogs, Fanny and Blue./Always go together like a sock and shoe" is paired with a picture that reveals the two mutts using a sock and a shoe as chew toys. The illustration for "I walk 'em in the evening and the morning dew" shows the pups bounding after a very displeased cat with their leashes trailing behind. Sure to entice youngsters, this book will find a welcome home in storytime and circulating collections.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Though not always well-behaved, beloved poochie pets Fanny and Blue, are “loyal and true . . . ooooo . . .”, and are at the heart of this amusing, affectionate paean that uses Lithgow’s children’s song lyrics as text. They may not know any tricks, and Blue’s “ruffs” and Fanny’s “yips” at the night sky might not endear them to everyone, but “they’re happy and they’re huggy and they stick like glue.” Ultimately, the narrator says, “There’s nothing I’d trade for my Fanny and Blue.” The text’s bouncy rhythm and rhymes feature repetition and lengthy “Oooo’s” throughout (enthusiastically sung, with slight variations, by Lithgow on a companion CD). A hand-lettered font will encourage lively readings and participation, and colorful, energetic illustrations depict and extend the text of the playful scenarios: “They go together like a sock and shoe” accompanies a scene of the two dogs destroying the same. Ranging from comically chaotic to tender, this is an entertaining, peppy read with a reassuring sentiment of unconditional love that dog fans and owners will especially appreciate. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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I recommend this for any child who loves music, reading and dogs and would love to see all three combined into one excellent literary work.