Bed Hog


A dog tries to find the perfect place to sleep
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A dog tries to find the perfect place to sleep
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Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Poor Bailey! The sleepy dog is ousted from his cozy bed when the little boy he is snuggled up with accuses him of hogging the bed. His next stop is the room down the hall where another child sleeps in a bed loaded with stuffed animals. He is sure there will be room for him there but again he is told to move over and quit hogging the bed. So he sets off again and gets settled beneath a crib until the baby wakes and the cries send him packing once more. While mom is checking on the baby, Bailey pounces on her vacated spot and cozies up to the snoring dad. But when mom returns he is thrown out one more time. With no where else to go he heads back to where he started to find the boy ready to welcome him back with a hug and a spot under the covers. The text is sparse; just one sentence at a time and sometimes being wordless for two or three spreads. Instead, the story relies heavily on the playful illustrations. Bailey is sweet and loveable, his facial expressions adding humor and sympathy to his plight. Kids will appreciate this variation on the typical bedtime story. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Every night, Bailey, the family dog, travels from room to room trying to find a comfortable place to sleep. Although his owners call him a "bed hog," readers will see early on that the pup is not the one taking up all the space. Brother tosses and turns, Sister is surrounded by her stuffed animals, etc. Gentle humor and spare wording with repetitive phrasing will allow pre-readers to retell the simple tale after hearing it once. The colorful cartoonlike illustrations in acrylic and charcoal will put a smile on the face of any family member who frequently finds a dog sleeping in the bed. Bailey's eyes alone elicit a wide range of emotions—joy, contentment, consternation, bewilderment. A welcome, almost-wordless book.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Bailey, a little pooch with teddy-bear appeal, gets kicked out of one family member's bed after another. Just as he gets comfortable in one bed and starts to snooze he hears, "Move over, bed hog dog!" and scampers off to find another place to rest. In the end, he discovers that even though he's considered a bed hog he is still needed to provide a good cuddle. Using minimal text, the story flows in a comic-book manner, single-and double-page spreads combining with broad horizontal panels to depict poor Bailey's nocturnal rambles. The charcoal-and-acrylic illustrations lend to the cartoon style, though the broad, smudgy outlines contribute a softness that's not usually found in comic books and it is also well-suited to a book that's essentially about cuddling up. Through the artwork Bailey shows different emotions: surprised by a crying baby, contentedly cozy and mildly put out at being displaced—though, true to doggy nature, he bears no grudges. The family is mostly clueless as they try to get a good night's sleep, too. A serviceable bedtime story that will win over dog lovers, it's also a great book to help children master their narrative skills, as so much interpretation is left up to readers.(Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761458234
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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