K-Gr. 3. As the title announces, this parody of the familiar carol substitutes dogs for the traditional song items. Structured as the story of three kids exchanging gifts of dogs--from "a pug puppy under the tree" to "twelve doggies drumming"--the device provides plenty of opportunity for comedy: Chihuahuas in tutus; three French dogs (poodles of course) serving croissants at a cafe; "six pooches playing" (chess); "ten Labs a-leaping." New elements appear on left-hand bordered pages; pages on the right whimsically illustrate the hectic, expanding canine crowd, as pooches prance, dance, and frolic with a marmalade cat that joins in the fun. The individual breeds aren't named, but it doesn't matter. Children will be too occupied counting critter noses and finding the cat among the dogs to care. Canine cavorting is the game, and it's great fun. Julie CumminsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Carolyn Conahan lives in Portland, Oregon.This is the first book she has both written and illustrated.