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Dog Day

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by Sarah Hayes, Hannah Broadway
     
 

Ben and Ellie have a new teacher. But wait a minute – the new teacher is a dog named Riff! With Riff in charge, reading, writing, and arithmetic are abandoned in favor of lessons in barking, scratching, and digging holes – and Ben, Ellie, and their friends couldn’t be happier. Then Mrs. Pink, the principal, comes to check on the class. What will

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Ben and Ellie have a new teacher. But wait a minute – the new teacher is a dog named Riff! With Riff in charge, reading, writing, and arithmetic are abandoned in favor of lessons in barking, scratching, and digging holes – and Ben, Ellie, and their friends couldn’t be happier. Then Mrs. Pink, the principal, comes to check on the class. What will she think of their dog day?

High-energy text and bright, graphic illustrations will make readers want to join the fun in this school-day romp.

 

Dog Day is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The story begs to be read aloud in a group setting, but be prepared for giggles galore, as readers bark, pant and shake with Riff and company. A real crowd-pleaser.” Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“Broadway, Hayes’s daughter-in-law, uses digital techniques to sneak a variety of realistic textures (woodgrain flooring, gingham fabric) into her sleek cartoons, adding lots of visual interest to a simple conceit.” —Publishers Weekly

“Colorful full-page illustrations add to the doggone good fun.” —School Library Journal

“Kids will adore the idea of a school day centered on doggy practices, with all the kids woofing and ball-chasing together.” —Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

“Rich blocks of color and simple illustrations bring this quirky story to life. This, along with the oddball concept and the many funny moments, will hook young readers.” —The Oklahoman

Publishers Weekly

Somewhere between Alexandra Day's Carl books and all-out wish-fulfillment, this cheerful comedy from the U.K. begins in a straightforward manner: "Here is Ben.... Here is Ben's classroom." Equally upbeat cartoons show a boy saying "Hi!" and a kindergarten or preschool room, with a wall in the background enlivened by photo-collage art. With a turn of the page, though, the surprises begin: "Here is Ben's new teacher. Wait a minute... Ben's new teacher is a dog!" A brown-and-white terrier sits on a chair, the words "Woof! Woof!" issuing from a dialogue balloon. Ben and his classmates woof back, and spend the rest of the day copying the dog's movements (wagging their bottoms, digging, fetching, etc.). A moment of tension arises when Mrs. Pink, the principal, shows up looking "cross," but she can't resist the canine's charms any more than readers will-she joins in the action, just as kids will want to. Broadway, Hayes's (Nine Ducks Nine) daughter-in-law, uses digital techniques to sneak a variety of realistic textures (woodgrain flooring, gingham fabric) into her sleek cartoons, adding lots of visual interest to a simple conceit. Ages 3-6. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Imagine Ben and Ellie's surprise when their new teacher turns out to be a dog. Things are all in a muddle when the dog is in charge. Kids in their class do not spend the day on math and reading and spelling. Instead they learn to bark, wag their bottoms, scratch behind their ears, dig holes and stick out their tongues and pant. After such a physical day they all turn in for a nap until they hear someone coming. They growl and show their teeth when Principal Pink walks into the classroom. For her part she sees nothing amiss, asks about their day and for good measure wags her bottom. Ben and Ellie head for home having had a "good dog day" and sporting doggy tails. This is the kind of zany, wacky humor that kids thrive on. They will beg to read it again and again and no doubt act out the canine antics. There is lots of movement in the illustrations as the dog puts the children through their paces. Pair this with Susan Meddaugh's Martha Speaks (1992) for fun story time about exceptional canines. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- Ben's classroom goes to the dogs when a pup named Riff is introduced as the new teacher. The curriculum for the day includes scratching, sniffing, tail wagging, digging, panting, and growling. Then the principal shows up and asks about the children's day. Colorful full-page illustrations add to the doggone good fun. The placement of the illustrations and text lets readers' eyes scamper across the page. Particularly well done are the stacked faces that show a group of children and create depth in the flatly colored artwork. Basic text is large and simple to read. Additional words and sentences appear in conversation balloons scattered throughout the pictures. While children will enjoy reading this title alone, storytime participants will eagerly join in the activities and beg for repeated readings.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

Kirkus Reviews
With just a "Woof! Woof!" Ben and Ellie's new teacher has the class's rapt attention. Riff, an inquisitive-looking canine, wags his tail. With glee, his observant charges wag their bottoms. When he scratches an ear, they scratch all over. The pupils, all human, happily spend P.E. digging and fetching, imitating Riff; and after a couple of sniffs, they know it's lunchtime. Broadway's charmingly simple illustrations capture the joyful curiosity of Ben and Ellie's class as they accept the most silly of circumstances. In a number of spreads, she manages to display each child's individuality, and during naptime, she masterfully invokes the sweet bliss of sleep that comes under the watchful eye of a loyal and trusted friend. The artwork establishes a rhythmic interplay between words and images, as they become compositional elements that inform and complement one another. Hayes's playful text, with its call-and-response-like format and potty humor, will have young readers in stitches. The story begs to be read aloud in a group setting, but be prepared for giggles galore, as readers bark, pant and shake with Riff and company. A real crowd-pleaser. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374318109
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

SARAH HAYES is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers, including Nine Ducks Nine and This Is the Bear. She lives in Powys, Wales. HANNAH BROADWAY is Sarah Hayes’s daughter-in-law. This is her first children’s book. She lives in Bristol, England.

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Dog Day 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SJKessel More than 1 year ago
Hayes, S. (2008). Dog Day. New York: Brubaker & Ford Ltd. 0374318107 Dog Day is the surrealist tale of a class of humans being taught by a dog. The dog is in no way humanized, but stays true to his doggie self. Ben and Ellie, the featured children, learn to sniff, wag their tails, bark, growl, etc. It very carefully sneaks around requiring the human characters to eat dog food or go to, ah-hem, relieve themselves as dogs would. The illustrations are vibrant and support the text well, while incorporating some elements that are photographed. The illustrations also include fun details like having the word 'cat' crossed out on the chalkboard. It is worth noting, the principal character, who is present for part of the story is a woman and is not portrayed negatively. This is a good book to use to encourage students to participate actively with a text. This book could also be used as a lesson in both perspective taking and acting. Dog Day will be appreciated by many young readers. It is also the type of book that will entertain adults as well for its sense of humor. Activities to do with the book: Students could write their own stories of classes being taught by other animals. Such an activity could even provide some research activities for finding out about various animals' habits. This is a great book to chare with children who wander around pretending to be a dog, have an invisible doggy friend or want to adopt a pet puppy. (I won't admit to doing or having any of the above at any point in my life) Favorite Quotes: "Ben's new teacher is a dog!" Riff and Ellie lift their legs. But when Ben tries, he falls over." "What a good dog day!" For more of my reviews, visit sjkessel.blogspot.com.