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I Got Two Dogs: (Book and CD) Hardcover – October 21, 2008
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This latest from Lithgow is a fun read as the book comes with a CD that is basically a sing-along accompaniment to the text. The story itself is based on Lithgow's own two dogs and is one that will appeal to all children, especially the target group of babies-preschool-aged kids. It's about two dogs, Fanny and Blue - one's all white, the other is gray, one's a girl and the other is a boy...their antics are portrayed so well in the illustrations by Robert Neubecker and each illustration will have you and your little one laughing out loud at the dog's antics. There is humor throughout and when you play the CD as you read and sing-along to the text, the rhythm will have you tapping your feet and even clapping your hands.
I have a 3.5 year-old daughter and though we don't own any dogs, she found the book very entertaining, and especially loved singing along to the CD whilst perusing the pictures. This is an ideal book for teaching early literacy skills to young children, especially babies, toddlers and preschoolers - the text provides a wonderful read-aloud and singing opportunity, and the rich, full-color illustrations will have little ones in stitches whilst encouraging active discussions on what the pictures convey. Highly recommended!
Author John Lithgow based the story on his own two dogs and his story is energetic while delightful, rhythmic while comical. Lithgow's audio is a brilliant, enthusiastic interpretation of the story and is accompanied by a supporting chorus and instruments like the flute that combine to add to the catchy rhythmic tune. The delightful illustrations by Robert Neubecker look hand painted but I believe are digitally rendered and depict the story with broad and colorful strokes. The illustrations will capture every child with the pulsating colors and make this a great read-along book for children. Whether read to, with, or listened to, this is a fantastic book/CD for every child's collection!
Submitted by Karen Haney for VINE to Curled Up with a Good Book for Kids, October, 2008
I'm so pleased with this book, I now know what I'll be buying for all my nieces for Christmas this year, and I'll definitely be looking into other children's books by John Lithgow for future Christmases and birthdays! Who knew such a funny guy could write such great books for kids? My nieces and I have definitely been missing out!
That's a very good thing, because without the song, the pictures--while humorous--don't always fit the text, and the text has a few awkward moments. With the song, the picture/text correspondance doesn't matter as much--it's all just a romp--and the text sounds more natural. Robert Neubecker's pictures excel at action, but his dog portraits lack something in the style/originality department. With the song as backdrop, however, Fanny and Blue somehow seem cuter.
Kids will love these mischievous dogs: Digging madly and throwly dirt all over people and each other; Blue sticking his nose in a can of chili; sending cats, squirrels, and the mail deliverer up a tree; and happily licking their prone owner, who, despite all these shenanigans, sings his love for the two ragmuffins:
"But they're always there to greet you when your day us Throughoooooooooooo
Oh there's nothing I'd trade for my Fanny and Blue."
Here, "Through" is sung with a long, quivering "OOO"; a convincing dog howl that's funny and slows the pace. At 140 seconds, the medium to uptempo song demands that you move quickly through the book; a few times, it moves a little too quickly. However, since your audience will probably ask for repeat performances, they'll soon be able to absorb all the visual information.
Make no mistake, these are not the best-behaving dogs around.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love, love, love this book! The accompanying CD was a favorite in my son's preschool class. This was purchased for a dog living nephew.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
As always with Lithgow's books....very clever! Kids love it!Published 15 months ago by Karla J. Martinsen