Are You Blue Dog's Friend?


Beautifully designed, and featuring a reflective mirror page at the end that brings young readers into the story, this is a one-of-a-kind glimpse at the world of Blue Dog and the appealing imagination of George Rodrigue.
A companion to the popular Why Is Blue Dog Blue?, this latest picture book celebrates friendship in all its shapes and sizes. Through a series of ...

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Beautifully designed, and featuring a reflective mirror page at the end that brings young readers into the story, this is a one-of-a-kind glimpse at the world of Blue Dog and the appealing imagination of George Rodrigue.
A companion to the popular Why Is Blue Dog Blue?, this latest picture book celebrates friendship in all its shapes and sizes. Through a series of call-and-response questions, readers are introduced to the funny, strange, loyal, and unique qualities that make friendships come alive.
The cover features blue foil.

F&P level: L
F&P genre: F

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Rodrigue introduces himself as an artist and notes that Blue Dog is "one of his favorite subjects to paint." Blue Dog is a popular character who has already starred in Why Is Blue Dog Blue? Here, the artist mentions that he also likes to paint Blue Dog's friends. He asks and answers a series of questions about these friends. As he answers, "Yes!" to each, we learn that these friends are loyal, fun, musical, and even out of this world. They are also tricksters, and they play their tricks on him most of the time. But Rodrigue often paints Blue Dog alone. This leads to his final question: "Is Blue Dog lonely…is Blue Dog blue?" The answer is both fun and a surprise. Rodrigue applies his opaque oil or acrylic paints flatly, almost crudely, as he creates his canine and occasional other characters. All are depicted frontal poses with staring eyes. Backgrounds are minimal, with the exception of the fanciful rocket ship in space and Louis Armstrong's trumpet. With Elvis, Blue Dog has donned a shirt and tie; playing tricksters with his friends, the Mardi Gras costumes are extravagant. The typography is used playfully and colorfully to add visual excitement. Rodrigue's bold colors, including the shiny blue of the hero on the cover, enhance this most unusual story. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
Bestselling Cajun master painter Rodrigue has followers and fans around the world. His iconic Blue Dog (based on an amalgam of his own late lamented terrier and the spooky Cajun loup-garou tales) has achieved an almost Warhol-like recognition. Not surprisingly, these crayon-bright, clear, simple and (occasionally) hypnotic images have been repurposed into an appealing, interactive picture book. Generously sized, the book's squared-off dimensions (9" x 10") and a metallic, reflective cover (featuring not only one but three Blue Dogs in stoplight red, dark blue and deep green) invite readers within. The images of families, cats, monkeys and more (Elvis makes a cameo) keep young readers involved as they puzzle out a series of answers to the oft-repeated question, "Are You Blue Dog's Friend?" A final, mirrored page reflects both the reader and the facing page-a kaleidoscope of the ever-appealing Blue Dog. An irresistible choice for the artist's adult fans and a spot-on selection for specialty and museum stores. Why wait till Mardi Gras? This offers handsome, appealing fun for all right now. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810940697
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 276,773
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

George Rodrigue is the creator of Blue Dog, now an international pop icon. He maintains three galleries: one in New Orleans, Louisiana, one in Lafayette, Louisiana, and one in Carmel, California. For many years, he has visited with school groups across the United States.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    Are You Blue Dog's Friend?

    Are You Blue Dog's Friend?
    Author and Illustrator: George Rodrigue
    Publisher: Abrams
    ISBN: 978-0-8109-4069-7
    Reading Level: 3-8
    Rating: 5 stars
    Reviewed by: Debbie Smart

    Dog lovers everywhere are sure to enjoy this book about Blue Dog and the characteristics of friendship. Through a fun series of questions such as, "Are Blue Dog's friends funny?" readers are introduced to a variety of unique friendship qualities. These questions provide the reader with an opportunity to interact with the author's words in order to guess if certain traits are true of Blue Dog's friends.

    Are You Blue Dog's Friend is brilliantly illustrated by the author, George Rodrigue. Even the text in this book is colorful and whimsical. This book encourages readers to understand the special characteristics of friendship in a fun way.

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