Bow-Wow Birthday

Bow-Wow Birthday

by Lee Wardlaw, Arden Johnson Petrov, Arden Johnson-Petrov, Arden Johnson-Petrov
     
 

When Maris discovers that her dog Rambler is 100 dog-years old, she knows the only way to celebrate such an important event is by throwing a birthday bash. Lee Wardlaw's delightful story of a good dog and the child who loves him is sure to warm the heart and bring a smile to any dog lover's face. Full color. Size D. 32 pp. See more details below

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When Maris discovers that her dog Rambler is 100 dog-years old, she knows the only way to celebrate such an important event is by throwing a birthday bash. Lee Wardlaw's delightful story of a good dog and the child who loves him is sure to warm the heart and bring a smile to any dog lover's face. Full color. Size D. 32 pp.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melinda Medley Sprinkle
Rambler is a feeble and faithful housedog whose only desire is to feel secure in his old age. Maris discovers that Rambler is 100 dog years old and celebrates by throwing him a birthday party. Neighborhood children attend the big bash in their favorite dog attire and celebrate by playing dog games, eating treats, and birthday cake. Excitement fills the air until they discover that the birthday dog has vanished. Maris and the children frantically search everywhere for him and soon discover his favorite cozy and safe place. Full-page, vivid, pastel illustrations help tell this happy story of a little girl who comes to understand and love an older dog.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3Maris plans a big party for Rambler's "100 dog-years" birthday. The house is decorated, the invitations are made and delivered, and the hostess dons a paw-print skirt and bone earrings. Beautifully illustrated by Johnson-Petrov in pastels, the book's weakness is its overly long text. Despite expectations raised by the cover, most of the story is not about the dog, but about the interaction of the children; in fact, Rambler is absent from the party. When Maris finds him sleeping in the closet, she reaches an understanding of the frailties of old age. Unfortunately, readers must wait too long for the resolution.Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library.
Kirkus Reviews
Bow-Wow Birthday (32 pp.; Feb.; 1-56397-489-4): Young Maris throws the grizzled dog, Rambler, a 100th (in dog years) birthday party, but while she and her friends energetically bicker and chow down, he disappears. Where has he gone? In page- filling pastels, Johnson-Petrov creates a lighthearted contrast between Maris, with her dramatic gestures and flyaway red hair, and Rambler, stiffly moving on aging bones from one nap to the next. Maris's friends appear to be so obnoxious that the party can't possibly be that much fun, but the warmth between child and dog will make readers smile. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563974892
Publisher:
Boyds Mills Press
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.29(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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