Dog Paradeby Barbara Joosse, Eugene Yelchin
Meet Tinkles, Gracie-pants, Lovie, Fritzie, Weenie, Walter, Comet, Ike, and Jack. It’s time for these pups to let their owners dress them up in costume! But one of them is shy. Another is too jumpy. Do any of them really want to join the fun? Once they see the silly and cute duds they’re wearing,
Nine diggity dogs get ready to join a doggone jamboree!
Meet Tinkles, Gracie-pants, Lovie, Fritzie, Weenie, Walter, Comet, Ike, and Jack. It’s time for these pups to let their owners dress them up in costume! But one of them is shy. Another is too jumpy. Do any of them really want to join the fun? Once they see the silly and cute duds they’re wearing, they will! But they need to hurry—the dog parade won’t wait forever. And it’s not to be missed!
"Fans of David McKee’s Elmer’s Special Day (Andersen, 2009) and the story-line sequence of animals on parade will find a contrast here with Joosse’s simple array of dog breeds expressing their opinions about the situation, without a traditional plot."-School Library Journal
"[An] enthusiastic collection of light verse. . . . Like an actual parade, the exuberant atmosphere-confetti, balloons, costumes, and all-is the main draw."-Publishers Weekly
Dogs of diverse descriptions are coerced by their owners into participating in a costume parade in this less-than-engaging story that tries too hard to be funny.
Each dog is introduced by name and characteristics on two facing pages with a portrait of the dog and a few lines of text from each dog's perspective. Key words and approximations of the dogs' barks and howls are set in varying typefaces and special treatments, interspersed with spot illustrations that delineate each dog's character. The introduction of each dog is followed by a double-page spread of the costumed canine, with one descriptive word set in huge type related to the choice of costume. A pug named Gracie-Pants is happy to put on her ruffled dress and beribboned hat (Charmin'!"), and an obliging dachshund wears a hotdog outfit ("Weenie!"), but some of the other dogs are reluctant to try on their costumes. Eight dogs in all are costumed for the parade, and in the final pages, they are joined by other furry friends with floating balloons and sprinkles of confetti. Yelchin's amusing gouache illustrations provide plenty of personality and clever humor for the pooches, but the overly cheery text, exaggerated canine noise approximations and a glut of exclamation marks don't add up to a noteworthy story. (And the bathroom jokes surrounding the dog named Tinkles get old fast.)
Let this parade pass you by. (Picture book. 3-5)
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- Edition description:
- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 10.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Barbara Joosse is the best-selling author of over thirty books for children. The various editions of her Mama, Do You Love Me?, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee and published by Chronicle Books, have sold more than a million copies. Barbara lives in a little stone house in Wisconsin.
Eugene Yelchin has illustrated various books for children, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov by Ann Redisch Stampler. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.
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My Review: Author Barbara Joosse introduces us to some of the dog breeds and their personalities as their humans get them ready for the dog parade. The dogs introduce themselves and wonder what costume they would be wearing. Slurp see himself as wonder dog as he bring the newspaper, sneakers, watch out for the baby and bring in the mail. While Fritzie sees himself in charge. ¿Fritzie in charge. All right, people. Over here. Over there. Ready¿hup! Line up! One Two Three Four, one two three four. Hrumph. You want me to wear¿this? Wouldn¿t a uniform be more appropriate? Medals. Ribbons. Stars. So on and so forth. Dog lovers and children will find this book interesting to read with realistic expression of the dogs by the illustrator. Interesting read! FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.