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Kristi JemtegaardEvery dog has his day in this lively canine collection that unleashes an array of buoyant colors, bouncy rhymes and sprightly typography.
—The Washington Post
Starred review, School Library Journal, January 1, 2011:
"This follow up to A Curious Collection of Cats (Tricycle, 2009) is dazzling indeed ... a delight for kids, their adults, and maybe even their beloved canine companions."
Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2010:
"34 vividly illustrated concrete poems. Franco delves into her arsenal with cinquain, haiku, rhymed and free verse, as Wertz employs boldly colored multimedia collage"
Review, Booklist, December 15, 2010:
"... volume of concrete poems filled with playful action. Both silly and on-target, the slapstick rhymes are good choices for family sharing."
Review, Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2011:
"The combination of the funny poems and the goofy dogs will make this a great gift book and a sneaky way to inject a little poetry into someone's life."
Review, Publishers Weekly, November 29, 2010:
"Franco and Wertz persuasively convey canine behavior ... as well as the trials and treasured moments familiar to many owners. Dog lovers won't want to miss this clever, jubilant gem."
Moving on to the letter D, the duo responsible for A Curious Collection of Cats (2009) turns to the kennel with 34 vividly illustrated concrete poems. Franco delves into her arsenal with cinquain, haiku, rhymed and free verse, as Wertz employs boldly colored multimedia collage that echoes Esphyr Slobodkina in palette and feel if not simplicity. While the result succeeds in representing a variety of breeds (including mutts) in a panoply of dogginess (sleeping, playing ball, waiting to be let out, chasing cats, eating everything in sight, claiming furniture), the overall effect dazzles to the point of stunning. Some collaborations produce winning portraits, such as "Cassandra Riding in the Car"—"Without a doubt / the very worst part / is when Cassandra / makes a fart"—or "Letting Gwen In and Out," where the text is cleverly set both in and outside of the door, but the graphics tend to be so busy that it's hard to know where to look, and the sometimes clunky meter falls flat. An ambitious collection that might have achieved more had it attempted less. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)
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