Dog vs. Cat

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Dog and Cat do not get along. But when they're forced to share a room, they agree to be on their best behavior...until Dog won't stop sniffing. Cat won't stop primping. Dog won't stop howling. Cat won't stop scratching. And when it comes to the litter-box...sharing is not an option!

What will it take to bring Dog and Cat together? Find out in Chris Gall's comic clash that brings out the best (and worst) in two very different pets.

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Overview

Dog and Cat do not get along. But when they're forced to share a room, they agree to be on their best behavior...until Dog won't stop sniffing. Cat won't stop primping. Dog won't stop howling. Cat won't stop scratching. And when it comes to the litter-box...sharing is not an option!

What will it take to bring Dog and Cat together? Find out in Chris Gall's comic clash that brings out the best (and worst) in two very different pets.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/31/2014
In a story brimming with sight gags, Gall (Awesome Dawson) mines a Cat and Dog’s odd-couple arrangement for laughs. The reluctant roommates meet when their human caretaker, Mr. Button, visits “the animal shelter to pick out a friendly-looking dog” on the same day Mrs. Button purchases a “smart-looking cat.” Like mismatched co-eds, the animals partition their shared space with dotted lines. Laidback, sports-loving Dog messily occupies a corner strewn with slices of pizza, while tidy, straight-laced Cat organizes a science lab and bookshelf with military precision. Their rivalry allows for pranks involving litter boxes, hairballs, high-pitched whistles, and catnip. At last they achieve détente, only to be startled by “a strange howling” that emanates from “the most terrifying creature had ever seen”—a human baby. Gall’s detailed colored pencil cartoons and the pets’ snarky hand-lettered remarks provide punch lines for the deliberately understated text. Dog and Cat’s interactions have a decidedly human bent, and their vexed situation will speak equally to young siblings and college freshmen. Ages 3–6. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (May)
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A 2014 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

* "In a story brimming with sight gags, Gall mines a Cat and Dog's odd-couple arrangement for laughs.... their vexed situation will speak equally to young siblings and college freshmen."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Hilarious....the animals' dialogue, expressions, and body language are priceless, as is the funny conclusion. A terrific addition to any friendship or pet storytime."—School Library Journal

"The stylish illustrations and sly wit on display here will please Gall's fans and likely win him new ones."—Kirkus Reviews

"Text and pictures are layered with humor, and the...art heightens the odd-couple drama with every page turn."—The Horn Book

"[Chris Gall's] funniest picture book yet.... This will appeal to older siblings expecting a new baby and to both dog and cat people--in other words, to everyone."—Shelf Awareness

"The illustrations are beautifully done and make the book appealing to older readers as well."—Library Media Connection

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"Gall's busy, saturated spreads...[result] in vibrant imagery that is both slick and homespun, like Dawson's own creations....Superheroes, recyclers, and inventors unite!"
Library Media Connection
"Chock full of personality.... This is sure to be a winner with elementary readers."
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Take one dog, one cat, one room and what do you have? If you are the Button family, you have one big problem, two reluctant roommates and one less-than-ideal odd couple. It all starts with Mr. Button bringing home a friendly looking shelter dog while Mrs. Button brings home a smart-looking cat. Both pets have to live in one room, so they agree to be very grown-up and share. But the cat will not stop scratching and primping and the dog will not stop sniffing and howling and the litter box is an issue by itself. The situation becomes a mismatched rivalry involving garlic breath, hairballs, catnip and clawing, among other pranks. Just as they decide to solve their problems, the dog and cat hear a strange howling sound outside their door. Another pet? Couldn’t be, could it? Dog hopes it is not a porcupine and cat hopes it is not an elephant. It turns out to be a human baby who is displacing them to the only other available room, which is not even located inside the house—a doghouse! Black and white photos start on the end pages followed by thirty-two pages of stylish and vibrant colored pencil illustrations, including full-page spreads, a few double-page spreads and several short vignettes as well as bits of visual humor throughout. White background pages enhance arrangement of consistent text size among the illustrations. The larger size book with its variety of page layouts and designs help to heighten the interest of younger readers. Text is clearly demonstrated in the illustrations, providing picture clues to assist in word recognition and comprehension. Other books by the author include Awesome Dawson, Dinotrux, Dinotrux Go to School and Substitute Creacher. A fun and colorful read. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid; Ages 3 to 6.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Starting with illustrations on the endpapers, readers know immediately that they are in for a treat with this picture book. On the same day, Mr. Buttons returns home with a "friendly-looking dog," while Mrs. Buttons find the perfect "smart-looking cat." Clearly, these newcomers are not going to get along, and each one sets out to make the other leave ("Dog rubbed some party balloons on the rug and stuck them to cat. Cat popped them with sharp claws, nearly giving Dog a heart attack. Cat filled Dog's water bowl with hairballs. Dog poured the water over Cat's head during naptime."). The exaggerated traits of both animals are wonderful. Small details, such as the dogs at the animal shelter holding signs saying "I'll be your best friend" and "I want to lick you!" are a hilarious contrast to the cats in the pet store window with signs such as, "And you are?" and "I'm kind of a big deal." The colored-pencil illustrations are remarkable, and the animals' dialogue, expressions, and body language are priceless, as is the funny conclusion. A terrific addition to any friendship or pet storytime.—Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
Traditional adversaries are (eventually) united by a common enemy. In the beginning, Dog and Cat are friends. Selected separately by Mr. and Mrs. Button, they make the best of being forced to share a room. Soon enough, though, differing interests, styles and behaviors lead them to sabotage each other in the hope of becoming an only pet. Full-page pictures, double-page spreads and smaller vignettes, all created with colored pencil and enhanced with a Wacom drawing tablet, reveal the extremely anthropomorphic lives of these entertaining animals. Brown, blocky Dog has a recliner, a bed, lots of sports equipment and plenty of snacks. Sleek black Cat, by contrast, has sharp suits, lots of books and what appears to be a chemistry set. Some details, like the finned car that carries Dog home and the black-and-white photos that cover the endpapers, have a retro vibe that suits the text's deadpan humor. Dog and Cat, meanwhile, manage to convey emotions clearly with just the quirk of an eyebrow or a sideways glare. What drives these two sibling stand-ins to bury the hatchet won't surprise many readers, but their solution suits the overall silliness to a T and will likely lead at least some listeners to long for their own special place. The stylish illustrations and sly wit on display here will please Gall's fans and likely win him new ones. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316238014
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 102,096
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Gall

Chris Gall is the award-winning author and illustrator of Awesome Dawson, Revenge of the Dinotrux, Substitute Creacher, Dear Fish, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, and Dinotrux, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book. His books have received numerous starred reviews and awards including a Borders Original Voices Award for Dear Fish and a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book for There's Nothing to Do on Mars. Chris has won a multitude of awards from organizations like the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Magazine, and is also the illustrator of America the Beautiful, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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  • Posted September 13, 2014

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    Mr. Button bought home a dog and Mrs. Button bought home a cat a

    Mr. Button bought home a dog and Mrs. Button bought home a cat and they had to share a room, yeah…not a good idea. They are very different animals with different habits and attitudes and at first they try to get along but it doesn’t last long. Deciding to annoy each other, they try everything they can to encourage the other one to leave. The pictures are funny and I think it might take an older child to understand the tactics these adversaries use to outsmart one another. Hairballs in dogs bowl, a dog whistle and catnip was among the tactics used but neither pet would budge. Just when they think they might be able to handle living under the same roof, things in the house change again.
    I tried reading this to a fourth grade class and I got no reaction from them. During some of the funny parts, they just sat there not laughing just waiting for the next page. I don’t think they understood some of the references the book was referring to. They did like the ending.

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