Dog Days: Rhymes Around the Year

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I am a dog who scribbles rhymes
About my many happy times.
I wrote this book to make it clear
That I have fun around the year.

Learning about the twelve months of the year is more fun than ever with Jack Prelutsky's rhymes and Dyanna Wolcott's illustrations. Told and ...
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Overview

I am a dog who scribbles rhymes
About my many happy times.
I wrote this book to make it clear
That I have fun around the year.

Learning about the twelve months of the year is more fun than ever with Jack Prelutsky's rhymes and Dyanna Wolcott's illustrations. Told and pictured from a dog's point of view, this bright little book makes you want to kick up your heels and be a dog for a day!

A spirited dog describes what he enjoys doing each month of the year.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rhyming quatrains and whimsical pictures describe each month in a fun-loving dog's year in this good-natured collaboration. The tenor of Prelutsky's poems (The Gargoyle on the Roof) is affable but mild; the zaniness and linguistic play that characterize much of his work go missing here: "It's very noisy in July,/ When fireworks light the evening sky./ Though I'm a patriot and proud,/ For ears like mine, it's much too loud"; or, "It's late November, sing hooray,/ For now it is Thanksgiving Day./ I do not think that I can wait/ To taste that turkey on the plate." Debut illustrator Wolcott is responsible for much of the book's merriment. Taking creative liberties with perspective, she renders the pup in amusing poses: riding the March winds, he flies through the air alongside kites; with other costumed dogs, he cavorts in the beams of flashlights on Halloween night; and in January he sleds on a field of snow in a scene that looks as busy and kinetic as an amusement-park ride. Kids will want to return to her brightly patterned pictures to spot all the playful details she has planted. Ages 2-7. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440417538
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books
  • Publication date: 10/9/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.79 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky
For 30 years, Jack Prelutsky’s inventive poems have inspired legions of children to fall in love with poetry. His outrageously silly poems have tickled even the most stubborn funny bones, while his darker verses have spooked countless late-night readers. His award-winning books include Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, and The Beauty of the Beast.

While attending a Bronx, New York, grade school, Prelutsky took piano and voice lessons and was a regular in school shows. Surprisingly, Prelutsky developed a healthy dislike for poetry due to a teacher who “left me with the impression that poetry was the literary equivalent of liver. I was told it was good for me, but I wasn’t convinced.”

In his early twenties, Prelutsky spent six months drawing imaginary animals in ink and watercolor. One evening, he wrote two dozen short poetry verses to accompany each drawing. A friend encouraged him to show them to an editor, who loved his poems (although not his artwork!) and urged him to keep writing. Prelutsky listened and he is still busy writing.

Jack Prelutsky lives on Mercer Island in Washington with his wife, Carolynn.

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Upon a cold December day,
When at last I'm done with play,
I close my eyes and cuddle up,
And dream of when I was a pup.
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