Balloon Toons: The Super Duper Dog Park

Balloon Toons: The Super Duper Dog Park

by Aron Nels Steinke

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Super Crazy Cat Dance creator Aron Steinke is back, and now he's gone to the dogs! All aboard for the Super Duper Dog Park-an awesome amusement park where dogs ride bikes, fly kites, and have an unforgettable day!


Super Crazy Cat Dance creator Aron Steinke is back, and now he's gone to the dogs! All aboard for the Super Duper Dog Park-an awesome amusement park where dogs ride bikes, fly kites, and have an unforgettable day!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Human and canine friends join one another to spend a fun-filled day at the Super-Duper Dog Park in this companion volume to The Super Crazy Cat Dance (2010). After traveling by bus through the city, desert, and mountains, everyone arrives at the dog park and takes in a panoramic view of the countless activities, like basketball, swimming, monkey bars, merry-go-round, and roller-blading, in a two-page spread. Artful single-page spreads show wonderful vistas of activities. The story continues with equally charming lunch and an afternoon at the beach, with volleyball, a ride on the Ferris wheel, boat rides, swimming under water, and digging holes in the sand. The human friends concur about how much they love dogs and don’t want the day to end. Steinke’s marvelous art captures a lovely day with detail and easy, rhyming text that will draw readers in time after time. Ages 6–9. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Puts the comics medium to good use: tracking the visual elements of the story will help emerging readers decode the text with ease. The full-color palette is simple, and the large panels will make access even easier for inexperience comics readers." — Booklist
Children's Literature - Jayme Derbyshire
Join a group of friends and their dogs as they pack up their van for a day of fun at an enormous dog park. Once at the park, the friends observe a myriad of things to do and a lot of fun to be had. From the doggie beach, to the doggie pool, to the doggie bounce house, the friends spend the day with various dogs partaking in the fun activities offered. At the end of their busy day the friends are tired, and although they are reluctant for their day to end, they all pile back into the van and head for home. Although Steinke sets out to tell a fun, simple story, his tale does not flow well. There is not an evident overall message or objective by the book's conclusion. The illustrations are true to the author's promise in that they are zany cartoons that are fun to look at; however, they are not capable of saving the storyline all on their own. Reviewer: Jayme Derbyshire
Kirkus Reviews
In cartoon format and awash with voice and thought bubbles, kids and canines make a day of it at the dog park. The Super-Duper Dog Park that is. Here our pooch pals can do everything from playing badminton to riding an old-fashioned bicycle, swim underwater, climb trees and howl at the rain. Steinke's text is geared to be easy reading, but it is not without cleverness: snatches of rhyme or onomatopoeic devices that give a good taste of sound. Sometimes the text can feel almost surreal--while a girl is crying out, "We can bounce!" she is also thinking, "Dogs in the bounce house!" Sometimes there appear to be role-reversals, as when a boy is thinking "Food! Food! I want food!" just as readers might imagine a dog thinks about hunger. The artwork follows the text's accessible engagement. It's as visually plain-speaking as a Nancy comic strip but also active and varied; the drive to the dog park--kids and dogs only, dog behind the wheel--passes through verdant fields, parched desert and snow-capped alpine ridges. Both colorful and high spirited, this title will give new readers a good run for their money. (Graphic early reader. 6-9)

Product Details

Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
Balloon Toons Series
Product dimensions:
8.77(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

With a background in hand-drawn animation, Aron Nels Steinke began self-publishing comics in 2006 with the help of a grant from the Xeric Foundation. Aron's all-ages graphic novel, Neptune, was published in 2009 by Sparkplug Comic Books and Tugboat Press. Currently, he spends his days as an elementary school teacher and his nights writing and drawing his next book. He lives in Portland, OR with his wife and three cats. The author lives in Portland, OR.

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