Dog Parade

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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 ...

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Overview

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!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Joosse's (Friends ) enthusiastic collection of light verse, various dogs introduce themselves as they don costumes for a parade, but it's Yelchin's (Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku) humorous gouache illustrations that provide much of the book's appeal. Each dog tells its own story. A terrier announces, "I'm Tinkles. Gotta pee," while a mutt declares, "I was in the pound, and you found me./ You named me Lovie." Dog aficionados will appreciate the breed-specific traits the dogs possess. Jack the Chihuahua is a toughie ("yipyipyipyipyip.... Lemme at 'em. Lemme at 'em"), while the pug is a Southern belle ("Don'tcha love my smoky eyes—bat bat?"). Each dog's soliloquy is followed, at the turn of the page, with the dog dressed in a generally character-appropriate costume. The Chihuahua is shown in prisoner's stripes with a ball and chain, and the pug wears a pink-ribboned bonnet. The eventual parade, like an artist's portfolio, features a plethora of dogs marching in costume. Plot is beside the point: like an actual parade, the exuberant atmosphere—confetti, balloons, costumes, and all—is the main draw. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"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

Children's Literature - Jodell Sadler
Furry dogs, barky dogs, wonder dogs, and weenie dogs transform into performers, princesses, buzzing bees, and jail birds that are "busted!" as they ready for a big dog day. Author Joosse shares dogs of many breeds and personalities—especially the most pampered ones—as bold illustrations and graphic words splash spread-over-spread as art and onomatopoeia invite dogs of every size and every breed to join in the dog parade for the humans they love the most. A pug, name Gracie-Pants, flaunts charming! A pound dog, Lovie, becomes a wonder! While a Shar-pei named Walter waltzes in as a ghost! Young readers and dog lovers (cat, guinea pig, and lizard lovers, too) alike will enjoy learning about the many breeds of dogs or some of this author's other titles, but they will, ultimately, thrill reading Doggone Dogs! (2008) by Karen Beaumont which is a more aurally and orally satisfying, visually-stimulating delight. Reviewer: Jodell Sadler
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—Dogs of all types and sizes comply with their owners' wishes and don costumes for a parade. Whether readers' laugh or groan at the prospect of canines cavorting in clothing, youngsters will recognize the behavior of certain breeds ranging from a frisky terrier to a shy hound, and they all aim to please their humans. The lighthearted artwork is rendered in gouache on watercolor paper. Each pooch portrait is isolated on a page with a plain pastel background so that viewers can fully appreciate the dog's facial expression and reaction to his costume. 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. While supplementary in nature, this book could be used with any costume-wearing theme, even Halloween.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152066901
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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  • Posted November 11, 2011

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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.

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