Dogs Are People, Too: A Collection of Cartoons to Make Your Tail Wag

Dogs Are People, Too: A Collection of Cartoons to Make Your Tail Wag

by Dave Coverly
     
 

Over the years spent creating his nationally syndicated panel Speed Bump, Reuben Award–winning cartoonist Dave Coverly has seen trends in which themes are the most popular. The perennial favorite, though, is dogs.

With categories like working dogs, techie dogs, badly behaving dogs, and profiles of dogs both famous and not-so-famous, this hilarious

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Overview

Over the years spent creating his nationally syndicated panel Speed Bump, Reuben Award–winning cartoonist Dave Coverly has seen trends in which themes are the most popular. The perennial favorite, though, is dogs.

With categories like working dogs, techie dogs, badly behaving dogs, and profiles of dogs both famous and not-so-famous, this hilarious cartoon collection is perfect for animal lovers.

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“Coverly opens each chapter with a photo and story about one of the various dogs from his own past. These segments offer a touching and humorous perspective and really help bridge the many parts of this book into a more complete narrative. VERDICT The simple format makes this book perfect for browsing.” —School Library Journal

“A large collection of dog-themed cartoons from the creator of the syndicated panel "Speed Bump," punctuated with snapshots and fond reminiscences of his own real pooches.” —Kirkus Reviews

“* [Tobin and Coverly] prove once again that a low-key reportorial style and perpetually surprised-looking characters are a great combination.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Very Inappropriate Word

“Teachers will enjoy this amusing celebration of vocabulary and will find many ways to spur their students' imaginations into creating speech bubbles of their own. . . . Young word lovers will have lots to peruse here.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Very Inappropriate Word

“The only problem with this book will be in trying to keep children from sharing their own inappropriate words.” —School Library Journal on The Very Inappropriate Word

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Dog behaviors are surprisingly close to human behaviors, or can be considered such if you believe the situations and predicaments presented in Coverly’s art. He uses single panels to illustrate dogs sniffing, barking, eating and communicating with other animals and people, combining jokes and punch lines in short text. Sometimes he uses only an image and occasionally he adds a caption. The collections of behaviors are grouped into ten chapters loosely organized around subjects such as “Working Like a Dog” and “Techie Dogs.” The closing chapter, titled “Fun Facts,” teaches some interesting lessons about dogs. The closing group of illustrations, titled “Doggie Doodles,” is especially full of puns and visual jokes. The word play is rich, creative and often unexpected. The cartoons are rendered in pen and ink with ink wash and some have added color in bright, flat tones. Coverly intersperses his chapters with photographs and text describing dogs he has owned or knew, providing insight to the origins of his fascination with dogs and his current canine muses. This collection could be used in a school setting on several levels: to teach cartooning and visual communication, to promote language enrichment through the study of visual jokes and puns, or to explore the psychology of human and animal bonding. Reviewer: Hazel Buys; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
05/01/2015
Gr 4–6—In this collection of one-panel comics, cartoonist Coverly hilariously combines the human and canine worlds. Most of the jokes either revolve around what happens when people are forced to live like dogs, such as the comic about a child who must wear a cone collar, since he cannot stop biting his nails, or when dogs are able to live like people, such as the comic about a shepherd dog that brings his sheep along to the beach for his "working vacation." Most of the punch lines are obvious without reading the captions, but some provide genuine laughs, like the one featuring a bright-eyed dog who notices a cat dressed as a mail carrier delivering squirrels; the caption reads, "The Day Corky's Head Exploded." Regardless of the simplicity of the jokes, kids will love each scenario, and the one-panel-per-page format makes the book extremely readable. Coverly opens each chapter with a photo and story about one of the various dogs from his own past. These segments offer a touching and humorous perspective and really help bridge the many parts of this book into a more complete narrative. VERDICT The simple format makes this book perfect for browsing.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-04
A large collection of dog-themed cartoons from the creator of the syndicated panel "Speed Bump," punctuated with snapshots and fond reminiscences of his own real pooches.From "My bark is worse than my bite but it's nothing compared to my breath" to "Yoga position #42: 'The Licking Dog'," the simply drawn, single-panel zingers all pay affectionate tribute to the intelligence, refreshingly candid habits and overall lovability of man's (and woman's) best friend. In general, the snarky humor isn't pitched to younger readers ("My dog is rolling in your resume," observes a job interviewer. "It's not a hopeful sign for you"), but with the possible exception of the occasional canine dressed as a dominatrix, they won't leave them completely befuddled. Along with sharing occasional memories of Shag, Kenzi and other family pets, Coverly tucks in quotes from the likes of Orhan Pamuk, perfunctory chapters of doggy "Fun Facts" and introductions to such "Amazing Dogs" as Laika and Barry, the original St. Bernard rescue dog. These read more as filler than personal notes or insights. "The secret to life is TREATS!" intones a canine yogi. With that, at least, even diapered dog devotees will concur. (Cartoons. 10-13, adult)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627790420
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
02/10/2015
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
274,842
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.10(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Dave Coverly is a nationally syndicated cartoonist whose Speed Bump cartoons appear in more than 200 newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and Parade magazine. Dave has illustrated Sue MacDonald Had a Farm and The Very Inappropriate Word, which was named a New York Times Editor's Choice as well as a Junior Library Guild Selection, and praised as "a great combination" in a Publishers Weekly starred review. Dave lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his family.

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