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Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs

Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs

by Wendy Wahman
     
 

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Meeting a new dog is exciting, but it can also be scary. This humorous how-to manual shows kids the best ways to interact with unfamiliar dogs, providing helpful tips about all sorts of dog behavior. Children often don't understand what dogs' actions mean and can misinterpret a threatening signal for a friendly one and vice versa. Kids and parents will return to

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Meeting a new dog is exciting, but it can also be scary. This humorous how-to manual shows kids the best ways to interact with unfamiliar dogs, providing helpful tips about all sorts of dog behavior. Children often don't understand what dogs' actions mean and can misinterpret a threatening signal for a friendly one and vice versa. Kids and parents will return to Wendy Wahman's playful illustrations again and again for useful reminders: Slow Down. Stay very still. And remember, don't lick the dog!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

This colorful picture book provides humorous information on how to make friends and interact with dogs. The tips are easy and useful, but are delivered in rhyme with an uneven meter that feels forced: "You're so polite!/You can pet these five,/but Maddie might bite." Or, "Before you give a treat to Kate/make your hand into a plate/Lick, lick, lick!/Too much is ick!/It's all right to say, ENOUGH/to all that/sloppy kissy stuff." The exaggerated, loose-line, cartoon art, filled with bright, digital hues, has a fragmented feel. The woman giving advice to the children wears black, pointy gloves and boots, resulting in a harsh, didactic tone. The concept and message are good ones and it's clear that careful thought and consideration went into the informative tips, but the execution is not entirely successful. Stephanie Calmenson's May I Pet Your Dog? (Clarion, 2007) and Elizabeth Verdick's Tails Are Not for Pulling (Free Spirit, 2005) are better alternatives.-Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Eye-popping colors and exaggerated shapes with sharp edges are the defining characteristics of Wahman's distinctive illustrations for this how-to on meeting new canine friends. She offers stylized dogs with swirling lines, curly fur and a couple of impossibly long tongues that humorously refer back to the volume's title. A few lines of rhyming text on each spread offer simple tips for getting along with unfamiliar dogs, such as giving dogs their own space and staying away from a dog that is growling. Several ways to make friends with dogs are also explained, with preferred methods of offering a treat or petting a dog explained in a manner that young children can understand. This effort might not work for young children who already have a fear of dogs, as there are a couple of references to dogs who bite, and several illustrations of growling dogs are on the scary side, but overall it provides a jazzy, unusual introduction to the subject for children who don't have dogs of their own. (Informational picture book. 3-6)
From the Publisher

“I'm passionate about helping children (and their parents) understand how best to safely interact with dogs, and this book perfectly encapsulates my philosophies on the matter in a really fun and engaging way.” —Victoria Stilwell, host of It's Me or the Dog

“In this vividly illustrated and smartly written tutorial, Wahman runs through a set of rhyming tips for any child encountering a potential four-legged friend… No matter the mood, the illustrations strike a perfect balance, using a spiky style reminiscent of papercraft atop bright, single-color backgrounds… Gentle self-defense suggestions close this unique offering.” —Booklist

“Eye-popping colors and exaggerated shapes with sharp edges are the defining characteristics of Wahman's distinctive illustrations for this how-to on meeting new canine friends.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This colorful picture book provides humorous information on how to make friends and interact with dogs.” —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466820357
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/27/2009
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

WENDY WAHMAN lives in Washington State with big poodles, old cats, and a husband named Joe. She's won many awards for illustration, but her greatest joy is loving the two-, three-, and four-legged animals she has known. Don't Lick the Dog is her first children's book.
WENDY WAHMAN lives in Washington State with big poodles, old cats, and a husband named Joe. She’s won many awards for illustration, but her greatest joy is loving the two-, three-, and four-legged animals she has known. She is author and illustrator of the picture books Don't Lick the Dog and A Cat Like That.

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