Dog Loves Counting


Dog can't go to sleep. He loves books so much that he just can't stop reading. Dog tries counting sheep, but it's not working—perhaps there are some other creatures he can count? Soon Dog is off on an adventure, finding friends and numbers in unexpected places. 

Meet Dog and let him show you why he LOVES COUNTING! 

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Dog can't go to sleep. He loves books so much that he just can't stop reading. Dog tries counting sheep, but it's not working—perhaps there are some other creatures he can count? Soon Dog is off on an adventure, finding friends and numbers in unexpected places. 

Meet Dog and let him show you why he LOVES COUNTING! 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Dog’s third picture book, his reading habits are interfering with his sleep: “He loved reading late into the night and didn’t like to leave them for long.” Dog considers counting sheep, but opens a book instead and begins counting to 10 with help from some animals; a three-toed sloth is number three, a camel’s four legs make him a natural number four, and a five-lined skunk is next. Yates’s loose drawings give the animals personality to spare as Dog proves that the right story can be a ticket to dreamland—and that there’s plenty of fun to be had there. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Dog loves reading. He loves reading so much he has trouble falling asleep. Since counting sheep is not working, he turns to his books and some animal friends found within them to help him on his way to dreamland. Up to ten animals are introduced, most with the requisite number of items to go along with their place in the count (Number three is a three-toed sloth, five is the five-lined skink, eight is a spider, etc.). Dog counts up to ten, reaches the desert, realizes his friend dodo is missing, and the friends commence counting down from ten to one as they scatter in search of their friend. They finally find him, at desert’s edge, looking up at the infinite stars. Preceded by the New York Times bestseller, Dog Loves Books, as well as Dog Loves Drawing, this third book in the series mirrors the delightful watercolor illustrations of Yates’s first two efforts. The end pages are equally as fun, featuring constellations of numbers on the front end and animal constellations at the back. The illustrations aim to support the text, but inconsistently so, as little fingers my find trying to count the closely placed elements of several animals—the lines on the skink, legs of the fly and bands of the armadillo, for example—more frustrating than enjoyable. Sadly, while the adorable animal illustrations will pull young readers in, the text is a bit rough in patches with only occasional rhymes that make getting into the rhythm of reading this aloud a bit tricky as well. Reviewer: Kris Sauer; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The erudite white pup from Dog Loves Books (Knopf, 2010) has returned. He loves to read, staying up late with his books. When he finally turns out the light, he has trouble drifting off to sleep, and counting sheep does not work. Turning to one of his trusty volumes, he looks for other creatures to count. A newly hatched dodo is the first, and Dog himself comes next. Together, they begin a journey through the pages searching for Number Three (the three-toed sloth). The three companions continue on counting all the way to 10 as more creatures join their parade. They end up in the desert and the animals prepare to count off, 1 to 10, "but Number One is nowhere to be seen!" Dog and his friends search for the dodo, counting down from 10 and at last finding the missing baby bird. To the pup's delight, One is looking up at the sky, counting the stars. The next morning, when he wakes up in his bed surrounded by his books, he is content because he knows that his friends and more adventures wait for him in the pages: "that was something he could count on." Youngsters will enjoy counting with Dog, the Five-Lined Skink, the Nine-Banded Armadillo, and their pals as they wander through the whimsical pencil and watercolor landscapes. Each picture, painted in a soothing pastel palette, features elements from nature like leaves, flowers, or seashells along with the gentle, smiling animals.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449813423
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 729,343
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 10.58 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

LOUISE YATES is also the author and illustrator of Dog Loves Books, Dog Loves Drawing, and A Small Surprise. She began drawing pictures to go with the stories she wrote for school and, at a young age, began telling people that she wanted to be a children's books illustrator. She studied English at Oxford University, and currently attends The Prince's Drawing School. She lives in London and is at work on more picture books. 
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