Day the Dog Dressed like Dad

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One morning, the family dog comes downstairs dressed exactly like Dad. The dog does a few things just like Dad would, but he also has a more canine approach to life that makes for quite an interesting day: he refuses to cook hot dogs at their barbecue, and in the evening he brings himself his own paper and slippers. His goodnight kiss is more of a lick, but the kids agree it sure was fun having the dog dress like Dad. Maybe tomorrow the cat will dress like Mom! A hilarious and imaginative tale sure to make every ...

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One morning, the family dog comes downstairs dressed exactly like Dad. The dog does a few things just like Dad would, but he also has a more canine approach to life that makes for quite an interesting day: he refuses to cook hot dogs at their barbecue, and in the evening he brings himself his own paper and slippers. His goodnight kiss is more of a lick, but the kids agree it sure was fun having the dog dress like Dad. Maybe tomorrow the cat will dress like Mom! A hilarious and imaginative tale sure to make every kid wonder what life would be like if Dad took a day off.

One day when Dad is out of town, the family dog decides to take over his role by demanding some grub, taking the family on a picnic, and hogging the remote.

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Zany cartoons tell the tale of a dog who takes over when Dad's out of town. Good-naturedly skewering the stereotypical father figure, the book shows that dads and dogs do things that are not so unalike, from "barking orders" to savoring a good barbecue. And the best part of all? "At the end of the day, our dog sat in Dad's chair and brought himself his newspaper and slippers." (Ages 2 to 4)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2004
Publishers Weekly
Amico (billed as the AFLAC duck's co-creator) and Proimos, author of the Johnny Mutton series, get some easy laughs at Dad's (and the dog's) expense. "One day my dad had to go out of town," says the boy narrator. "I was just about to tell my sister that I was taking over when the dog came downstairs dressed exactly like Dad." Although readers never see Dad, he apparently favors a garish wardrobe. The gawky blue pooch-whose complacent grin mocks the fatherly role-sports a yellow hat, round-rimmed glasses, a pink shirt and matching purple tie and pants. While driving the car, the dog hangs his head out the window, and he reverts to canine ways at a picnic: "He saw a cat. Unlike Dad, he chased it." Most of the time, he's a combination man/hound, as when he "barked out orders, like Dad" or "brought himself his newspaper and slippers." Amico and Proimos deliver just one concise, deadpan observation per spread. Sight gags reinforce the words, as when the dog hogs the TV remote "like Dad," or casually flips a burger on the grill. Where Proimos's deliberately awkward cartoons seem ideal in his small-scale chapter books, here they fill oversize pages and draw attention to the largely empty, joke-free space. This jab at a traditional head of the household wields a basic father-knows-best humor, yet one go-round is plenty. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Having your father go out of town for a day may not be unusual, but having the family dog take his place would sure be strange. Even worse, imagine your dog acting just like your Dad, idiosyncrasies and all. Like Dad, the dog wakes up a little on the grouchy side and just like Dad the dog does not want to give up the remote. Unlike Dad, however, the dog brings himself his newspaper and slippers. This humorous book laughingly explores the peculiar possibilities that could occur during this unusual case of role reversal. The comical illustrations are just as hilarious as the text. Young and old alike would surely enjoy this book. 2004, Bloomsbury Publishing, Ages 4 to 8.
—Denise Daley
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PreS-Gr 1-When Dad goes out of town, the family dog takes his place. Coming downstairs in the man's clothing, the pooch exhibits the same early morning grouchiness as his master. During a family picnic, his canine nature surfaces and he chases a cat and barks out orders (like Dad). Back at home, he barbecues (but refuses to cook hot dogs). In the evening, he brings himself slippers and a newspaper and gives the children a goodnight lick. They are so delighted with the day's turnabout that they go off to bed hoping that the cat will dress like Mom the next day. Full-page cartoon illustrations in watercolor and black markers carry out the text's absurdity. A fun, but additional purchase.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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When Dad goes out of town on business, the dog takes over. He comes downstairs in the morning dressed in Dad's shirt and tie, demands breakfast from Mom, drives the family out for a picnic, barks out orders, barbecues, and hogs the remote. Pastel, cartoon-like illustrations bring appropriate silliness to this lightweight adventure. Humorous plays on concepts and language add some charm to this switcheroo; in one scene, the dog brings himself the newspaper before sitting in Dad's chair to read it. An oddly archaic image of Dad won't be that familiar to many readers. Good for a giggle, but not much more. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582348773
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/7/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 12.16 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

James Proimos is a well-known author, illustrator, and cartoonist. He began his career in advertising and has won many awards, including several Cleos. He lives in Baltimore, with his wife and children.

Tom Amico works in advertising and lives in New York. He is the co-creator of the AFLAC duck.

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