A Dog Needs a Bone!

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Wood, Caldecott Honor recipient and bestselling author of THE NAPPING HOUSE, pens a humorous tale of a bone-obsessed pooch. As shown by GOOD BOY, FERGUS, simple dog books sell well with early readers.

Follow the plight of this bone-obsessed, lovable mutt as she spends her day waiting, pleading, and plotting for a bone from her mistress. Readers will delight in the humor and irresistable charm of this incorrigible canine as she tries to stave ...

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Overview


Wood, Caldecott Honor recipient and bestselling author of THE NAPPING HOUSE, pens a humorous tale of a bone-obsessed pooch. As shown by GOOD BOY, FERGUS, simple dog books sell well with early readers.

Follow the plight of this bone-obsessed, lovable mutt as she spends her day waiting, pleading, and plotting for a bone from her mistress. Readers will delight in the humor and irresistable charm of this incorrigible canine as she tries to stave off her desire until at last she gets her long-awaited bone.
Young readers will be drawn to the simple rhyming text and playful crayon illustrations of this bestselling author.

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Publishers Weekly

With his heart-shaped nose, huge, faux-innocent eyes, squat yellow body, and a single-mindedness bordering on obsession, Wood's (Silly Sally) titular hero just about sums up what can make a dog so endearingly goofy. "Mistress, kind mistress,/ please give me a bone," he pleads, "and I'll stay by your side,/ no more will I roam." And becoming a homebody is only one of the promises the dog makes: he also forswears all bad behavior and offers to do light housekeeping (the pictures show him inadvertently causing messes as he performs his chores). Wood works in crayon on brown paper bags, media well suited to her simple vocabulary and knowing visual humor; her picture of the dog festooning the powder room (and himself) with tissue paper offers the cartoon canine equivalent of the classic hand-in-the-cookie-jar expression. Her text has a few oddities. The dog narrates in present tense ("What's that? Woof!/ Could it be her car door?") while his mistress's speech is quoted in past tense (" 'I'm home!' she called"). A refrain-like variation on "If my mistress will PLEASE give me a bone!" switches the text into third person and can also bring the pleasing rhythms Wood has built to a sudden halt. Ages 3-5. (Sept.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Anyone who knows children's literature knows that Audrey Woods knows how to take what might look an insubstantial topic and tell it in a way that makes the words and pictures sing their way off the page. In this case, the rhyming couplets of the text create the feel of a traditional song such as "Give the Dog a Bone." The illustrations are done with crayon on a brown paper bag and the line or two of type on each page sometimes prances and sometimes dances across the page. The picture style matches the amusing exaggeration of the text to show how desperate Woods's doggy protagonist is for his treat of choice. He begs and pleads, apparently without gaining his mistress's attention, mopes around until her return, and almost despairs as she teases him with broccoli and carrots, but as the dog bone pattern on her dress suggests, this fond mistress cannot withstand granting her beloved doggie what he wants, any more than a mother could.
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PreS-Gr 1
With good humor, Wood offers a rhyming text in which a pooch begs his mistress for a bone, making all sorts of exaggerated promises, such as, "I'll answer your phone. I'll treat you like a queen on a throne." When the woman leaves in her car, the pup feels abandoned and gets into an incredible amount of mischief. Then, in a teasing mood, she returns and finally makes the dog's day. Jovial, cartoonlike illustrations, drawn using crayons on brown paper bags, create a comfortable, homelike atmosphere and perfectly capture the animal's antics and expressions. Endpapers pick up the bone motif. The large text and the simple vocabulary make this a picture book that young readers can manage on their own. Filled with child appeal, it's sure to be a winner.
—Blair ChristolonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545000055
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Audrey Wood has been writing award-winning children's books for more than thirty years, and she is a fourth-generation artist. She often collaborates with her husband, Caldecott Honor illustrator Don Wood (THE NAPPING HOUSE; KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB; IT'S DUFFY TIME!), and she created many bestselling books with their son, Bruce Wood (ALPHABET MYSTERY; TEN LITTLE FISH). Audrey has illustrated numerous popular books herself, including SILLY SALLY, A DOG NEEDS A BONE, and BLUE SKY (2012). She lives with her husband in Hawaii, under the blue sky, rain sky, and changing-all-day sky.
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    a most beloved book

    This has quickly become a family favorite.

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    Posted September 25, 2011

    Our son loves it!

    What a fun book to read! The story is cute and I think we read it every night for at least a month! The pictures are adorable and fun to look at.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

    Great Book

    I purchased this book at a school book fair and have been very happy with my purchase. I am a huge Audrey Wood fan and this book is no exception. Currently, I am going to school for elementary education so I used this book when tutoring. <BR/>Teachers, this is a great book to teach phonemic awareness since there are so many rhyming words. It is a fun and engaging ways to inadvertently teach younger students about rhyming words.<BR/>Overall this is a great book!

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