The Doghouseby Jan Thomas
Mouse, Pig, Cow, and Duck are playing a carefree game of ball when (horror of horrors!) their ball gets kicked into . . . THE DOGHOUSE. Who will risk a run-in with scary Dog to get it back? Hysterical high anxiety ensues as Mouse volunteers each animal to do the dirty work—but you’ll never believe what’s really going on in the/i>… See more details below
Mouse, Pig, Cow, and Duck are playing a carefree game of ball when (horror of horrors!) their ball gets kicked into . . . THE DOGHOUSE. Who will risk a run-in with scary Dog to get it back? Hysterical high anxiety ensues as Mouse volunteers each animal to do the dirty work—but you’ll never believe what’s really going on in the doghouse!
With Jan Thomas’s fun, fresh art and priceless animal expressions, this timeless tale of fear and friendship will have young readers howling.
[set star]“A rollicking and highly promising debut.”Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Fat Cat’s sheepish grin is the running punch line in this cheerful, boldly designed picture book.”The New York Times Book Review
The barnyard animals are playing with a red ball that accidentally rolls into the doghouse. Who's going to get it out? Mouse says Cow is big, brave, and strong, and must go first. Cow goes in but does not come out. Pig tries next, as Mouse deems him smart, wise, and stinky. Pig takes offense at the "stinky" designation, but proceeds into the doghouse. Pig does not return either. Duck, as the loudest, goes next-and disappears just like the others. The only one left outside, Mouse timidly calls out, "Can't you come out, Duck?"-upon which Dog appears in the doorway and says, "No! Because I am having duck for dinner." Mouse assumes the worst, but the last spread shows all the animals inside the dog's house sitting down to a meal. Mouse joins the party on the endpapers, just in time for dessert. The simple cartoon characters, scenery, and dialogue balloons are outlined in thick, bold lines. Colors are smooth and flat, with backgrounds done in bright blues, purple, and lime green. The pictures are large and distinct, and will work well with a group. The joke is an old one, but it's always new to kids just beginning to understand wordplay.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
JAN THOMAS is the creator of What Will Fat Cat Sit On? and A Birthday for Cow! She lives in Socorro, New Mexico.
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My kids (4, 2 and 1) can't get enough of this book. It is now dog-eared and tattered because it has been read over and over again. Honestly, I had to hide it from my one year-old because she wants me to read it over and over and over again. It really is a great, fun story.
My kids and I originally found this book at the library. We now own it! My three year old loves the story and understands the humor, while my twenty month old enjoys the photos and still is able to follow the story for the most part. I will caution that if you have a very timid toddler they may find a page or two a little scary. Overall-very loved book at our house.