Doggy Whys?


Lila Prap returns with another humorously illustrated picture book! Why do dogs do as we tell them? Why do dogs differ so much? Why are some dogs more obedient than others? Why do dogs bark? These questions and many more are answered in this funny fact-filled feast.

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Lila Prap returns with another humorously illustrated picture book! Why do dogs do as we tell them? Why do dogs differ so much? Why are some dogs more obedient than others? Why do dogs bark? These questions and many more are answered in this funny fact-filled feast.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this import from Slovenia, Prap uses the same mix of irreverence and information seen in Why? And Dinosaurs?! to answer 14 dog-related questions, which range from "Why Do Dogs Do What We Tell Them?" to "Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Bottoms?" On each spread, a trio of cats offers smart-alecky answers (these do not always translate well: one cat suggests that some dogs are more obedient than others "Because they are beaten"). More factual answers are provided in longer paragraphs opposite, accompanied by naïf portraits and descriptions of various breeds. Although some questions, like "Why Do Some Dogs' Ears Hang Down?" aren't answered satisfactorily, dog-lovers will pick up some interesting tidbits. Ages 4–up. (May)
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Praise for Dinosaurs?!

“Loaded with appeal.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—A lighthearted primer about all things canine. Using a bulldog as her narrator, Prap answers various questions about "our best friends." Each answer is accompanied by a set of smart-aleck suggestions (provided by cats, of course), the actual answer, and a brief description of a particular breed. Some attempt is made to match the breed with the question; for instance, "Why are some dogs more obedient than others?" is accompanied by a description of the collie, which is actually one of the easiest to train. Each description offers each breed's pros and cons, and, in almost every case, any fault associated is reduced to mismanagement or inappropriate habitat. West Highland white terriers are friendly and lively, but they can be noisy and naughty if they do not get enough attention. The moral being—don't get one if you can't devote a lot of attention to it. A plug for shelters is commendable, and the book ends with a brief mention of mixed breeds. Despite the muted palette, Prap's pups have plenty of personality, and the imaginary new breeds that decorate the endpapers are full of whimsy (check out the Bulloodle). Dog lovers will enjoy this casual read, but those seeking documented facts need to look elsewhere.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews

Everything you wondered about dogs but were afraid to ask is answered in this slim, friendly volume of canine Q&A.

Questions range from why dogs bark and wag their tails to why there are so many breeds to that perennial question of why they sniff each other's bottoms. Each spread features a question on canine behavior or attributes, which is followed by whimsical and arch offerings from a chorus of cats ("Why do dogs do what we tell them? Because they don't know how to use their own heads. Because they can't open a can of dog food on their own. Because they want people to like them more than people like cats"). Factual, accessible text then provides straightforward answers and a focus on a breed that personifies said characteristic, complete with a textured illustration in rich earthy tones and a description of the breed and its assets as a pet. Endpapers show different breeds as well as imaginary mixed breeds to identify (answers are at the back of the book).

Filled with questions any child might ask, replete with a sense of warmth and good cheer and packing enough offbeat facts to entice even the most reluctant reader, this is bound to be a classroom favorite as well as a great choice for any dog lover. Can a selection on cats be far behind?(Informational picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735840140
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

LILA PRAP (Lilijana Praprotnik Zupancic) is one of the most popular author-illustrators not only in her native Slovenia but increasingly in the rest of the world. Among her many books are Daddies (also available in Spanish) and Animal Lullabies.

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