Doggone Dogsby Karen Beaumont, David Catrow
No sooner are these ten doggone dogs out the front door than they're into a hilarious antic misadventure: disrupting the prim pups at the Perfect Pooch Obedience School, raining chaos on the playground, and-oops!-making one, two, three, four, ten stinky doggie poops. But when our loveable pups get nabbed by the Super Duper Pooper Scooper Pet Patrol? Well,
No sooner are these ten doggone dogs out the front door than they're into a hilarious antic misadventure: disrupting the prim pups at the Perfect Pooch Obedience School, raining chaos on the playground, and-oops!-making one, two, three, four, ten stinky doggie poops. But when our loveable pups get nabbed by the Super Duper Pooper Scooper Pet Patrol? Well, you'll just have to read it to find out what happens next. Karen Beaumont's swift, bouncy counting text and David Catrow's singular knack for creating mischievous, loveable, and delightfully ungainly dogs make this an exuberant and satisfying read-aloud. Kids of all ages are sure to have it on heavy rotation.
The hapless owner of 10 energetic dogs is rudely awakened at dawn by their barking. When they are told to lie down or sit, they do not obey. Instead, they run helter-skelter outdoors, with their pajama-clad owner chasing them and clutching empty leashes all the way to Central Bark. The dogs wreak havoc at the Perfect Pooch Obedience School and cavort through the grass, dumping the trash, climbing the slide, and making a mess of everything. Further disaster ensues when the pups poop. The trainer quits, the Pup Tech 5000 comes rolling along to clean up, and the dogs are put in a pen. However, they are not ready to bow to defeat. They leap and dig their way out and run back home, followed by their still-pajama-clad owner still clutching the leashes. The dogs collapse on the couch and rest up, as they "Cannot wait to go again!" The minimal rhyming text is paired with Catrow's exuberant, comic, pencil and watercolor illustrations. The frenetic, goofy-looking dogs of various sizes and breeds romping through the park are sure to bring smiles to young faces.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
A man with an ultra-thin face and a pointed tuft of red hair is the harried owner of ten exuberant dogs, and "exuberant" is the definitive description of both the pack of pooches and this frenetically funny story. At sunup the ten dogs fly off the bed and out the door to the park, where they interrupt an obedience class and get into mischief, losing their owner along the way. The park's dogcatcher captures the pack and locks it up, but the dogs manage to escape and find their way back home by nightfall, reuniting with their hapless owner. The succinct, rhyming text bounces along just like the runaways, numerically counting up the dogs and naming them in a fast-paced, catchy rhyme: "One dog, / Two dogs, / Three dogs, / Four, / Doggone dogs run out the door." Catrow's signature watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are bouncy and spirited as well, with mischievous looks and grins on the faces of the ten distinctly different dogs. In the crowded arena of dog stories, this one stands out from the pack. (Picture book. 3-6)
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 10.28(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.42(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Karen Beaumont lives in San Martin, California.
David Catrow lives in Springfield, Ohio.
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