A Dazzling Display of Dogs

A Dazzling Display of Dogs

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by Betsy Franco, Michael Wertz
     
 

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From the award-winning team behind A Curious Collection of Cats comes a new collection of visual poems celebrating all things canine—from obedience school, to backyard break outs, to flatulent Fidos. Whether your best friend is a plucky Jack Russell, an indecisive basset hound, or a poodle with an indiscriminate appetite, you're sure to find this

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From the award-winning team behind A Curious Collection of Cats comes a new collection of visual poems celebrating all things canine—from obedience school, to backyard break outs, to flatulent Fidos. Whether your best friend is a plucky Jack Russell, an indecisive basset hound, or a poodle with an indiscriminate appetite, you're sure to find this dazzling display doggone delightful.

Editorial Reviews

Kristi Jemtegaard
Every dog has his day in this lively canine collection that unleashes an array of buoyant colors, bouncy rhymes and sprightly typography.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
In an exuberant collection of concrete dog poems, a follow-up to A Curious Collection of Cats, the whimsy of Franco's poems is matched by the modern-meets-retro collages into which they are integrated. The titular dog in "Apollo at the Beach" yaps at a flock of seagulls, upon which the poem is printed: "he charges and barks,/ chasing them,/ chasing their shadows,/ wishing he'd sprout wings," while "The Words Waffle Hears" fill speech bubbles ("Sit/ Walk/ Treat/ Squirrel/ Down/ Bad/ Good/ Girl!"). Franco and Wertz persuasively convey canine behavior, from devoted companion to inner wolf, as well as the trials and treasured moments familiar to many owners. Dog lovers won't want to miss this clever, jubilant gem. All ages. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
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."

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
More than thirty brief, humorous concrete poems describe a wide variety of dogs and their activities. On separate pages they greet and cheer their depressed masters, overeat, race in circles or chase seagulls, slobber over tennis balls, join a family, get lost and found, go to dog school, and do other doggy things. All the poems, page by page, share a style generated by monoprints manipulated by a computer in Adobe Photoshop. Words and pictures are visual equals. All letters are in upper case, in different colors and sizes, set in varying positions, even vertically or in circles. The overall visual effect of each page is busy, making the reading a challenge. The text for "Bubbles" is set in eight varying sizes and colored circles with words that change colors. "Old Jumbo" tells about his chair with words that are set in the shape of a chair. The dogs are somewhat abstract but recognizable, as are the other objects that fill the shape. This collection may require several reading for full appreciation. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–5—This follow-up to A Curious Collection of Cats (Tricycle, 2009) is dazzling indeed. Each of the 34 poems features a different animal, most of them engaged in true dog behavior. From farting in the car to wheezing and snoring while sleeping, these pups are funny and lovable even when they're being annoying. The verses and the book's design are beautifully matched. In "Emmett's Ode to His Tennis Ball," the text is enclosed in a circle held firmly in the dog's mouth. It begins, "Slobbery, sloppy, slimy, sphere—oh, tennis ball, I hold you dear…." Like the poems, the pictures are funny and dynamic. The pages are definitely full, yet careful use of color, typeface, and detail means they never look chaotic. A note says the pictures were started in pencil and then finished using monoprints and Adobe Photoshop. Overall, a delight for kids, their adults, and maybe even their beloved canine companions.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307974464
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/27/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
20 MB
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

BETSY FRANCO has written more than 80 books for children and young adults, including picture books, poetry collections, novels, and nonfiction. Her books have garnered many awards, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor, Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best, Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List, Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nomination. MICHAEL WERTZ is a talented Bay Area artist whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. His work has been recognized by Communication Arts, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators.  His "Dog Blog," featuring illustrations of 100 dogs in 100 days, was featured in Bark magazine.

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