Dogs on the Bed
  • Dogs on the Bed
  • Dogs on the Bed

Dogs on the Bed

by Elizabeth Bluemle, Anne Wilsdorf
     
 

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These dogs, these dogs! They'll take over your space — but can't be beat for warmth — as celebrated in this spirited story with humorous illustrations.

What's a family to do when the bed is overrun by dogs? Move over, of course! In this rollicking, rhyming romp, Mom, Dad, and the kids settle in for a peaceful story before sleep — but

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These dogs, these dogs! They'll take over your space — but can't be beat for warmth — as celebrated in this spirited story with humorous illustrations.

What's a family to do when the bed is overrun by dogs? Move over, of course! In this rollicking, rhyming romp, Mom, Dad, and the kids settle in for a peaceful story before sleep — but their canine companions have other plans. Dog owners will recognize the familiar shenanigans pets engage in at bedtime: stretching out sideways, barking at outside noises no one else can hear, whining to be let out (and in again) all night long. But demands aside, adored dogs are still the coziest comforters around.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Dogs are everywhere, and especially on the bed, in this story in rhyme about a family with six dogs who love to jump in bed with them. The verses describe the dogs and how they lounge and make themselves comfortable, and several of the verses end with an exasperated, "These dogs, these dogs!" At one point, when the mom and dad and the two kids are in bed, the dad tries to shoo them away. The dogs jump off, but then they begin to bark and growl. The mom lets them go outside, but they immediately want to come back in. The dogs fall asleep on the bed and begin to snore. The dogs take over the bed, and the family tries to sleep on the chair and the floor. The dogs gather around them, and they all go back to bed. The family decides that dogs are cozy and "it's worth sharing sleep with dogs." Comical illustrations show all the lively antics. Young children will enjoy the fun of reading about these very familiar pets. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3

Even readers who don't share their bed with a half dozen dogs will love this charming story about a family and their unusual sleeping arrangements. As bedtime begins (appropriately after storytime) everyone-Mom, Dad, two kids, and six dogs-falls asleep in the same big bed. Throughout the night, the pets do what they do best: sleep sideways, bark at things no one else can hear, and whine to go out, and then in (and then out, and then in, etc.). In the end, they are rearranged into more manageable groupings, and finally canines and people alike get some much-needed sleep. The exuberant, rhyming text delights the ear as the hilarious illustrations engage the eye in this kid- and dog-friendly tale. Fun for sharing with a group or one-on-one.-Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN

Kirkus Reviews
A cheery family with two young children and six dogs of varying breeds and sizes tries to bed down for the night in this comical story about cuddling up with canine companions. The rollicking, rhyming text uses some dandy rhymes (prowl, growl, howl) and invented words (rhyming "rodeo" and "heave-ho" with "to-and-fro-deo" and "pill-e-ow") as well as exuberant descriptions and details of the dogs' antics. After storytime, the whole family falls asleep in the parents' big bed, and as the night progresses, the dogs take up more and more room until the humans are squeezed out of bed and into the neighboring armchair. Reorganization produces better sleeping conditions for everyone, with four dogs sleeping with the parents, one dog in each child's bed and everyone asleep and happy by the final pages. Dog lovers will chuckle over the antics of the canines, each with a bouncy individual personality conveyed through Wilsdorf's characteristically energetic and amusing watercolor illustrations. Anyone who lets their dogs sleep on the bed will find this tale doggone funny. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763626082
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/14/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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