Black Dog Gets Dressed

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Wouldn't it be fun to trade places with your pet? A little boy tries the idea on for size with the help of a multilayered outfit and an obliging black dog.

It’s time to get dressed! First the underpants - one paw, then two. It’s a challenge to put on a shirt lying down! A sweater is perfect for peekaboo, then there’s the pants and four socks, and - hold the kisses - the job’s almost done. With fresh, clear ...

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Overview

Wouldn't it be fun to trade places with your pet? A little boy tries the idea on for size with the help of a multilayered outfit and an obliging black dog.

It’s time to get dressed! First the underpants - one paw, then two. It’s a challenge to put on a shirt lying down! A sweater is perfect for peekaboo, then there’s the pants and four socks, and - hold the kisses - the job’s almost done. With fresh, clear colors and flat, simple shapes, Lizi Boyd takes classic child’s play and gives it a funny, tail-wagging twist.

A boy puts clothes on his black dog and then dresses himself before they go out to play.

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Publishers Weekly
In this fresh and friendly look at a morning ritual, a dark-haired child prepares to go outside. "Time to get dressed, Black Dog!" he tells his pet, a solid-black Lab. Routine expectations are disrupted, however, when the dog takes the child's role and the child acts like a parent. "First you need underpants," the boy says as the dog helpfully picks up a back leg. "One paw, two paws. Good dog!" Like a playful adult, the child says "peekaboo" as he pulls a nubby blue sweater over Black Dog's head, and he gently corrects his pet's resistant behavior: "Don't sit down. I need to put on your pants.... Please, Black Dog. Come back!" Boyd (Lulu Crow's Garden) limns the characters in a few solid, undiluted gouache hues, and allows their personalities to come through in their gestures. Black Dog lowers his ears and looks uncertain, lifts his head after a compliment and licks the boy's cheek. The child's mouth forms a disapproving "O" or relaxes into a soft smile. At the conclusion, the boy gets ready, too ("Shh! Please don't bark. I'll hurry"). He puts on an all-black costume with ears: "I'm you and you're me! Let's go play!" Readers of all ages will relate to Boyd's good-humored analogy between a tractable but restless pooch and a wiggly child. Ages 2-5. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a story for anyone who has ever painstakingly attempted to dress a family pet in human clothes. Beginning with a pair of striped underpants, then working his way through a sweater and four socks to the crowing touch of a yellow jacket, a little boy meticulously dresses his incredibly patient pet dog. This isn't always an easy task, particularly when Black Dog would prefer to lie down, or lick his young master's face. Sometimes Black Dog loses interest altogether in his borrowed clothes and simply wanders around. But the little boy stays on task and is rewarded with puppy kisses for his trouble. After dressing Black Dog, it is then the little boy's turn to get dressed. His choice of an outfit provides the story with a bit of a surprise ending. After all that work, the only thing left to do is play. Simple line drawings and bright colors complement the text. 2003, Candlewick Press, Ages 3 mo. to 4.
— Linda Ruble
School Library Journal
PreS-Dressing for the day becomes a game as a little boy follows his morning ritual with a beloved pet. It's Black Dog's turn first, beginning with underwear. Young readers may identify with the problems in the process-"Up, Black Dog. It's too hard to dress you when you're lying down." The willing pup lovingly cooperates for each succeeding layer of clothing until the boy surprises him and dons his own outfit for the day-a black dog costume. Gouache illustrations show uncluttered drawings of the boy and his dog as they play in his bedroom. Stripes, polka dots, and geometric patterns add interest to the simple figures outlined in black. Text placement and division give new readers simple words with ample visual clues. This small book not only names articles of clothing, but also engages children in a game of surprise and pretend that they will find appealing.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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A little boy dresses his black dog from head to toe in everything from underpants to jacket and socks: "I like the shirt with stripes, do you? Up, Black Dog, It's too hard to dress you when you're lying down." The little boy is clearly in charge, choosing the various items of clothing and colors for his pet's outfit, mixing and matching stripes, dots, and solids. He then retreats behind the puppet stage to dress himself, emerging as a canine complete in black doggy costume. Patience, perseverance, and playful role reversal are casually portrayed through this genial display of a preschooler's daily dressing ritual, one that parents and children will recognize. Basic outlined gouache illustrations in bright teals and purples delineate both boy and dog's fun-loving actions. Sweet toddler amusement. (Picture book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763619800
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Lizi Boyd, who has written and illustrated numerous books for children, says that while working on some of the drawings for BLACK DOG GETS DRESSED she actually dressed up the family dog, Zuli. "She loved it!" the author-illustrator reports. Lizi Boyd lives with her husband and two sons.
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