Doggone Dogs
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Doggone Dogs

by 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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
We can count the rambunctious dogs from one to ten as they dash out of the house, heedless of their master's pleas and orders. The jolly rhymes seem to run along with the wild, assorted pooches through the gate to the park, followed by their frantic owner, leash in hand. As he repeats his commands to "SIT!" "LIE DOWN!" and "STAY!" "Doggone dogs do not obey. They turn and run the other way!" They create havoc in the park, past pond, playground, and trashcans. Then, "PEEEU-U-WWW!" there are scoops of poops to scoop. The dogs are soon mournful, locked up by the park's dog trainer. When the guard falls asleep, however, they break out and their exhausted owner can finally count them back inside. The canine crew is introduced on the front cover, in a handful of caricatures of various sizes and shapes, all set to go. On the back they are asleep in a heap, worn out from their mischief. They cavort in silhouette across the end pages. Pencil lines define their characters while watercolors add to each dog's individuality and the sites of their adventures. The wild actions overflow the double pages. The distraught owner and the bewildered guard are exaggerated comic characters whose ineffectual behaviors add to the frenetic fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-K

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

Kirkus Reviews

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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803731578
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/02/2008
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
259,147
Product dimensions:
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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