Doggone Feet!

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Ever wonder what’s going on in the mind of a dog? Here is an entertaining look at life from the point of view of a family pooch—a canine with a tongue-twisting, fun way of talking, and some serious attitude. As the dog’s “people family” grows, so does her dismay at having to share her space with so many new and noisy feet. But as she discovers, making room also brings new joy. With a happy surprise ending and charming illustrations full of humor, this is a heartwarming—and doggone funny—rhyming story that kids ...

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Overview

Ever wonder what’s going on in the mind of a dog? Here is an entertaining look at life from the point of view of a family pooch—a canine with a tongue-twisting, fun way of talking, and some serious attitude. As the dog’s “people family” grows, so does her dismay at having to share her space with so many new and noisy feet. But as she discovers, making room also brings new joy. With a happy surprise ending and charming illustrations full of humor, this is a heartwarming—and doggone funny—rhyming story that kids will ask for again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

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". . . Children will giggle at the silly dog's point of view, but will appreciate the sentimental idea of a growing family."—School Library Journal
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—When a puppy follows a pair of "Legs" home from the park one day, she is in for a bunch of lovable surprises. For a while, it's just her and her owner ("just me and two feet"). Months later, new feet arrive-"toe-tapping kiss-kissers," providing affection to both Legs and his pet. As years pass, "tiny pink socks," whom both Legs and Toes love, are thrown into the mix. Soon, "blue boots" arrive and "pound a beat … these doggone little feet." Confused by all the activity beneath the table, the dog becomes concerned until she realizes how a family morphs over time. Before long, there are 12 feet under the table, and the story takes an unpredictable turn as the dog has made room for her own family-a litter of three pups. Large, bright acrylic illustrations fill each spread, conveying the familiar situation of family life with an exaggerated style. Onomatopoeic words provide quirky associations, but adults will need to be animated when sharing the story with reluctant readers and listeners. Children will giggle at the silly dog's point of view, but will appreciate the sentimental idea of a growing family.—Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
A smiling, spotted dog relates to her owners only through their legs and feet in this visually appealing but rather confusing story about a dog's place in the world. The unnamed dog narrates the rhyming text, beginning with the dog's adoption as a stray when she is found in a park. The dog's new owner is a kind, youngish man (judging by the footwear), called Legs by the dog. Soon, there is a feminine pair of feet in the house, called Toes, followed over time by children called Socks, Boots and Slippers. The dog attributes the people's personalities and behavior to their legs and feet, as she apparently never makes eye contact or interacts with them face to face. The story tries hard to be funny but ultimately becomes confusing as the dog refers to the five people by their names. ("I wash up Legs' hands with Toes in my hair.") Bold illustrations on golden yellow backgrounds offer an amusing main character with expressive eyes. Additional zest is added with varied perspectives and lots of motion with all the feet dangling down from chairs or dancing around with the dog underfoot. Alas, that perky pup can't quite save the limping story, doggone it. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590789339
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 385,699
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Helakoski is the author of six picture books, including Big Chickens (winner, 2007 Michigan Reads! One State One Picture Book; winner, Great Lakes Great Books Award; and a 2006 Junior Library Guild selection) and Woolbur (a 2008 Book Sense Hot Pick and a Great Lakes Book Award finalist). This is the second book she has written and illustrated. She grew up in south Louisiana, and now lives with her family near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

    Why kids will love it - Reading about each new set of feet will

    Why kids will love it - Reading about each new set of feet will have kids guessing who they might belong to. Since the faces that go along with the feet aren't shown until the end of the book, kids can imagine the faces until the end. The surprise at the end of the book is very fun and definitely a total surprise! The illustrations are cheery and so kid-friendly, there's so much to look at and enjoy.




    What I learned as a writer - Picture books are so dependent on the text and illustrations to have a give and take with each other. This book is a perfect example of needing both. Leslie does a fantastic job of meshing the two together. The repetition she uses to carry the story along is simple, but so fun to read.




    This is such a fun book to read aloud, I hope you will all check it out! 

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