Art Dog

Art Dog

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by Thacher Hurd
     
 

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Oh, no! Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art and the police don't even realize that they are barking up the wrong tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it's up to Art Dog, the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a Brushmobile

Overview

Oh, no! Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art and the police don't even realize that they are barking up the wrong tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it's up to Art Dog, the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a Brushmobile, and he's off––on a wild and funny chase to capture the dastardly crooks. With the same deft touches of high-spirited fun and adventure that have made Mystery on the Docks and Mama Don't Allow (both Reading Rainbow Featured Selections) such perennially popular stories, Thacher Hurd serves up a new action-packed tale that will delight young readers.

1996 'Pick of the Lists' (ABA)
Children's Choices for 1997 (IRA/CBC)
1998 Red Clover Book Award (VT)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Talk about a dog marking its territory-by day Arthur Dog is a mild-mannered hound who guards the Dogopolis art museum, but when the moon is full, he becomes Art Dog. Donning beret and mask, he takes paints and brushes and fills the back alleys of the city with his murals. Art Dog remains undiscovered until he's framed for the theft of Leonardo Dog Vinci's Mona Woofa. He's thrown in the clink, but escapes with the help of his superpowered medium (``where there were bars, he painted a window''), nabs the real crooks and gets his own gallery exhibit as a reward. Hurd's (Mama Don't Allow; Mystery on the Docks) straight-from-the-tube palette and blurry brush strokes suggest a painter in speedy action; his art-humor-canine portraits based on canvases by Vermeer, Seurat, Picasso and others line the museum walls-is good-natured. His plot, meanwhile, gleefully invokes comic-book conventions: Art Dog drives a streamlined Brushmobile, stops off at the Wile E. Coyote-esque Acme Paint Co. and battles the baddies in a dynamic spread highly suggestive of TV's goofy Batman (enhanced with cutout shapes la Matisse). A waggish good time. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
By day Arthur is a museum guard but at night, when the moon is full, he becomes Art Dog. The masked artist paints the sides of buildings and walls with his masterpieces. One night, the "Mona Woofa" is stolen. Guess who is picked up as the prime suspect? Art cleverly paints his way out of jail, catches the criminals, and stuns the city with his masterpiece "City Rhapsody" which bears a curious resemblance to Van Gogh's "Starry Night." At the height of his fame, he vanishes and no one guesses his identity. Like all good children's books, this can be enjoyed on many levels. The little ones laugh at the crazy antics of a dog who paints, but adults will appreciate Hurd's spoof of the art world and his appreciation for the famous masterpieces.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
During the day, Arthur Dog works as a museum guard at the Dogopolis Museum of Art, protecting paintings by famous artists such as Pablo Poodle and Henri Muttisse. However, on nights when the moon is full, he becomes "Art Dog," the masked artist who paints eye-catching murals on city walls and buildings. One night, someone steals the Mona Woofa, and Art becomes the prime suspect. After he's arrested for the crime, he paints his way out of jail, catches the criminals, and stuns the city with his masterpiece City Rhapsody, which bears a curious resemblance to van Gogh's Starry Night.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-At the Dogopolis Museum of Art, Arthur Dog guards priceless paintings by such famous artists as Vincent Van Dog, Pablo Poodle, and Henry Muttise. He leads a quiet life except when the moon is full; then he becomes transformed into "Art Dog." Donning beret and mask, and armed with his paint box, he steals into the city's deserted alleys. There, under cover of darkness, he brightens bleak walls with his brilliantly colored paintings of wildlife. When, one night, thieves steal Dog Vinci's "The Mona Woofa" from the museum, the canine uses his art-sensitive nose and sleek brushmobile to find the culprits. In perhaps the brightest double-page scene ever painted-an open pastiche on Matisse-he is shown subduing the crooks with paints and slashing brush. The museum tries to honor Art Dog for his bravery, but this superhero of the dog world prefers to remain anonymous and finish his painting of the city's night sky. Hurd infuses every page of this book with dramatic watercolors. The accompanying story is light and brief, and moves this superdog through his adventures as adroitly as it does readers.Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
Ilene Cooper
By day, he's Arthur, a mild-mannered museum guard. But at night, he becomes Art Dog, splashing the city with his own mile-high monsters and shimmering sun-drenched scenes. One night, there is a robbery at the Dogopolis Museum of Art, where Arthur works. The thieves have stolen the Mona Woofa, leaving a painting of a blond in its place. Naturally, Art Dog, who is caught painting a picture on an outside wall, is a suspect. He's thrown in jail, paints his way out, and finds the Mona Woofa because "he can smell art a mile away." His bravery rates him a show of his own at the Dogopolis, though Art Dog's identity remains a secret. This is exuberantly drawn by Hurd, who has imbued Art Dog with the flash and dash every artist feels at times; but Hurd also captures the shyness that comes with displaying your art. Kids will respond not just to the pictures but also to a story that does as well with characters as with plot.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613072724
Publisher:
San Val
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Product dimensions:
9.96(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Thacher Hurd is the award-winning author and illustrator of several children's books. He lives with his wife, Olivia, in Berkeley, California.

Thacher Hurd es un autor e ilustrador que ha recibido varios premios por sus libros para niños. Vive con su esposa, Olivia, en Berkeley, California.

Thacher Hurd is the award-winning author and illustrator of several children's books. He lives with his wife, Olivia, in Berkeley, California.

Thacher Hurd es un autor e ilustrador que ha recibido varios premios por sus libros para niños. Vive con su esposa, Olivia, en Berkeley, California.

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Art Dog 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our three year old just loves this book (as does her entire preschool class). It's a playful introduction to the world of art and museums...a fun read for children and parents alike. Highly recommend.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My three year old son, Zachary, loves this book. He enjoys the music and narration of the tape. It has a jazzy tune to it and is lots of fun. It's one we check out at the library a lot but will make a great x-mas gift this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Art Dog is a great way to expose your child to art in a fun way. The illustrations are very colorful and attract the child's interest. My son wanted to visit an Art Museum after reading the book.