Archie

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Meet Archie: Designer. Fashionista. Dog. Archie leads a quiet life with his faithful pet. That is, until he gets a sewing machine and his creativity starts to run wild. It's not long before Archie's nimbleness with a needle catches the attention of his friends and fellow dog walkers. Soon, the entire city is straining at the leash for one of his couture concoctions... including a queen and her two very royal corgis. This enchanting, nearly wordless picture book about following your dreams wherever they may lead ...

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Overview

Meet Archie: Designer. Fashionista. Dog. Archie leads a quiet life with his faithful pet. That is, until he gets a sewing machine and his creativity starts to run wild. It's not long before Archie's nimbleness with a needle catches the attention of his friends and fellow dog walkers. Soon, the entire city is straining at the leash for one of his couture concoctions... including a queen and her two very royal corgis. This enchanting, nearly wordless picture book about following your dreams wherever they may lead will inspire and delight readers of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Archie, with its spare, creamy pages and eye-catching, hand-lettered cover, was clearly designed for reading pleasure and also for display. Gordon's fine watercolors capture the various dogs' personalities and styles with aplomb, and an unmistakable eye for cut and pattern. The book itself, small and rectangular, mirrors the shape of a small dog out for a walk. And Gordon…gives the book an appropriately regal ending.
—Pamela Paul
Publishers Weekly
Gordon, a Scottish artist whose uncannily lifelike felted dogs have attracted gallery showings and celebrity attention, makes her picture book debut with an all-dog cast and a story about creativity and growing fame. Archie, a well-dressed dog, receives a sewing machine as a gift. He takes to it immediately, creating smart outfits for his own pet dog, his friends' dogs, and his friends. His phone is ringing off the hook by book's end—the final call comes from a canine monarch with a crown, handbag, and pet corgi. Although Gordon is a newcomer to the form, her ?visual storytelling is already marvelously accomplished. Her line, pacing, and judicious use of empty space seem long-practiced, and her hand-lettered sound effects—the only text in the story—evoke smiles ("pom pom pom de pom," Archie hums casually as he takes his dog out in his new coat; "ohhh" says a pug on the street, aching with envy). Even without the success Archie finds, his life as a clothing designer living alone with his dog is a winning premise; it's a distinctively British pairing, somewhere between Jeeves and Wooster and Wallace and Gromit. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
The clothes make the dog in this nearly wordless, tongue-in-cheek homage to fashion and the power of creativity. Felt artist and first-time author Gordon turns her talents to painting in this hilarious tale of dogs, fashion, the creative impulse and entrepreneurship. Big dog Archie, an Irish terrier or perhaps an Airedale, and his little cairn terrier live a quiet life until Aunt Betty sends a sewing machine in the mail. Soon, Archie's nimble paws create a fetching olive coat for his pup, and every dog in town wants an outfit for its pet. They even hire Archie to design matching dresses and coats for both owner-dogs and companion-dogs. Droll, black-outlined watercolors pop from the creamy, uncluttered pages. Archie's own dog plays the role of supporter, cheerleader, delivery boy and quality controller. Young readers will love following the fabric through manufacture to its eventual wearer, and Project Runway types will appreciate Archie's limitless energy and dedication to finding just the right outfit for each customer. Anglophiles in the know will recognize the final phone customer, a corgi wearing a crown with a pet corgi in need of a new outfit. What will happen if Aunt Betty sends another gift--say, a table saw? A tail-wagging delight for budding Coco Chanels everywhere. (Picture book. 3-8)
School Library Journal
.PreS-Gr 2—This nearly wordless story with an all-canine cast is picture-reading at its best. When Archie receives a sewing machine from his Great Aunt Betty, he creates a simple garment for his dog. The simple coat garners a request from another owner. That, in turn, brings more requests. Before long the telephone is constantly ringing. Archie's designs are in demand. They become more elaborate, one-of-a-kind, carefully matched to the owner and dog. Business is so good that Archie begins thinking about a vacation. His planning is interrupted by yet one more phone call. Archie's fame has spread to Britain's most royal dog owner! The watercolor illustrations are outlined with pen and ink and set against clean white backgrounds that let Archie and his creations shine. Each dog, owner and pet, is individual, and there's no way to misidentify the Queen and her Corgi. These cartoon-style paintings read easily and are highlighted by onomatopoeic words. Dog lovers and fashionistas will be delighted.—Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599909363
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 982,915
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DOMENICA MORE-GORDON is an artist and textile designer whose miniature wool dogs have found fame worldwide, and include customers such as Brad Pitt. She is married to the author and screenwriter Charlie Fletcher, and lives just outside Edinburgh.

www.domenicamoregordon.com

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Archie is adorable!

    I was shown this book by a friend in Chicago. Came home and immediately ordered it to give to a friend in Orlando--a real dog-lover who foster-cares and helps train Canine Companions. Also takes her dog to schools to let children read to him!

    This precious book with no text (a few expressive words only!) is very cute for children, but has s "story line" that will actually appeal more to adults!

    Very fun to have, to look at, and to "read"!

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