Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers

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"Dogs don't wear sneakers, and pigs don't wear hats, and dresses look silly on Siamese cats." So begins Laura Numeroff's lively laugh-along text that explores the many ways humans differ from our furry, feathery, and finny friends. Joe Mathieu's hilarious illustrations bring the wacky menagerie to life. Full color.

In a child's imagination, animals do wacky things, including ducks riding bikes, yaks skiing, and fish eating bagels.

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Overview

"Dogs don't wear sneakers, and pigs don't wear hats, and dresses look silly on Siamese cats." So begins Laura Numeroff's lively laugh-along text that explores the many ways humans differ from our furry, feathery, and finny friends. Joe Mathieu's hilarious illustrations bring the wacky menagerie to life. Full color.

In a child's imagination, animals do wacky things, including ducks riding bikes, yaks skiing, and fish eating bagels.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Mathieu's exuberant art sets off Numeroff's neatly veiled silliness" in this "antithesis of a nonsense rhymea verse that derives its kid-appeal by its apparent sensibleness," said PW. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A jaunty, rhymed text provides a litany of unlikely scenarios- sheep in the shower, hens in the swimming pool-some of which work better than others. It's Mathieu's wacky and inventive illustrations that really carry the show. His expressive animals lift weights, dangle off diving boards, and cavort in a variety of crazy outfits. Kids will enjoy the silliness, even if the book isn't as much fun as John Cameron's If Mice Could Fly (Atheneum, 1979; o.p.). Teachers will appreciate the final page, which invites readers to ``tell me what you see,'' making the title a spirited springboard for creative activities. Useful, but not especially memorable.- Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671795252
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the author of the best-selling modern classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the popular What Mommies Do Best and its sequels. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    Put on your sneakers and run to the bookstore!

    My 19-month-old daughter LOVES this book! We found it at the library, and after reading it at least 3 times a day for 3 weeks straight I finally broke down and bought it. Although she's probably too young to understand some of the silliness of a sheep in the shower and a honey bun baked by a bee, she loves the pictures and the silly rhymes. She also likes identifying all of the animals. I'm sure this book will continue to be a favorite of hers. It's very imaginative and the illustrations are fantastic!

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