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Open Me...I'm a Dog Hardcover – August 16, 1997
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Not so much a book as it is three-dimensional art, Art Spiegelman's Open Me ... I'm a Dog! is a fun romp through the usual expectations of children's stories, in this case a dog who is transformed into a book by a wizard. As the "book" tries to make its way back into being a dog, it gets turned into a variety of other things. Every page is filled with that sense of innocent wonder that appeals to children and adults alike. And after you finish the story (or before you even get to it), you can't help but be amazed by the completeness of the book/dog, from the furry end papers to the attached leash. Just don't let your cat see it.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1. Spiegelman, whose adult graphic novel Maus (Pantheon, 1986) has reached icon status, tries his hand at a picture book with mixed results. The story involves the misadventures of a dog transformed into a sheepherder by a witch, into a frog by a magic maiden, and into a book by a wizard. Delivered with tongue-in-cheek humor, sophisticated language, and several external contrivances in packaging, the whole is disappointing. The laughs and wordplay will be appreciated by school-aged children (e.g., when the witch turns the puppy into a German Shepherd, it is a shepherd from Germany). However, the gimmicks will appeal most to very young children. The book has a sturdy leash attached to its binding, fuzzy endpapers, a pop-up page, and a lift-the-flap page. While this is a clever novelty, it is less successful as a story. It has neither the well-focused humor of Susan Meddaugh's Martha Speaks (Houghton, 1992), nor the enduring simplicity of Eric Hill's Where's Spot (Putnam, 1980).?Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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It does have a witch and a wizard in the storyline, but it also has humor.