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DogFish

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by Gillian Shields, Dan Taylor
     
 

Everyone has a dog. Except for one little boy. He has a goldfish.

He needs a dog.

Mom says, "Why do you need a dog when you have such a nice goldfish?"

But goldfish can't catch sticks or go for walks or wag their tails.... Can they?

Maybe they can...

Overview

Everyone has a dog. Except for one little boy. He has a goldfish.

He needs a dog.

Mom says, "Why do you need a dog when you have such a nice goldfish?"

But goldfish can't catch sticks or go for walks or wag their tails.... Can they?

Maybe they can...

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Sometimes it can seem like everyone in the world has a dog. One little boy feels that he really needs a dog. Although he has a goldfish, he explains to his mother what the goldfish cannot do what a dog can do, like fetching sticks or going for walks on a leash. The boy tries very hard to use his charm to convince his mother about getting a dog. His mother has reasons for not owning a dog but the boy counters her each time. For instance, the mother wonders what the dog will do when she is at work and the boy is at school. The little boy responds that the dog would read the newspaper while they are out. Despite his responses, the mother does not agree to get a dog so the boy, with some ingenuity and the hypnotic powers of his goldfish, works out his wish that makes the best of the situation with some humorous results. The cartoonlike illustrations feature characters with large, oversized heads and small bodies. The colors and designs have a retro-look to them. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4

A little boy who has a goldfish wants a dog and enumerates all the things a pup can do that a fish can't. His mom says, "'We'll see,'" which really means, 'NO.'" Finally, after looking "irritated but sorrowful," she says, "Well, if you can't have what you want, want what you have." The boy takes a look at his pet and soon finds that he can train it to catch sticks, climb steps, and wag its tail. The tone of the text will appeal to children, who will be familiar with the boy's attempts to manipulate his mother. The digitally rendered illustrations are hip and fresh, yet reminiscent of '50s modern. Readers will chuckle over the performing goldfish, who reads the paper when he's home alone. A winning combination of dog and fish, humor and hard work.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416971276
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
11/25/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,227,391
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Gillian Shields was born and brought up in England, where she studied English and worked in a drama school for several years. She now looks after her family and teaches English and drama part-time, as well as writing for children. Her first book, Ben and Gran and the Whole, Wide, Wonderful World, was published by Macmillan in London. The Starlight Baby is Gillian's first book for Simon & Schuster.

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