Eddie and Dog

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Eddie is looking for a friend who likes adventure. Then Eddie meets Dog and the fun begins!
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Eddie is looking for a friend who likes adventure. Then Eddie meets Dog and the fun begins!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A redheaded boy named Eddie longs for adventure in this sweetly absurd story. After Eddie spots a scruffy white dog on the baggage carousel at the airport, the two strike up a fast friendship: “Together they hunted for crocodiles... and sailed the seven seas,” writes Brown, showing them poking at a storm drain with a stick and setting sail in a cardboard box marked with a skull and crossbones. Eddie’s mother insists that their apartment building can’t accommodate a dog: “So he had to go.” The boy’s disappointment is short-lived: the dog comes roaring back on a scooter, and subsequent attempts to get rid of the dog are just as futile. This isn’t the kind of story in which it pays to ask “Why?” Why is Eddie hanging out at the airport by himself? Why doesn’t the dog get a name? Why are they playing with boxes and sticks when the dog has access to an open-cockpit plane? It’s better to ask “Why not?” and enjoy the dog’s comical persistence and the off-the-wall solution that allows him to stay with Eddie. Ages 3–7. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Eddie, a young boy, dreams of adventure and finds it when he meets a dog. Eddie is at the airport dreaming of going to far away places and doing amazing things. The dog is on the luggage rack in his carrying cage. When the dog walks up to Eddie, Eddie asks if the dog wants to play. The dog jumps into Eddie’s backpack, and they pretend that they are hunting for crocodiles, sailing the seven seas, and other great things. When he takes the dog home, his mom tells him that he cannot keep him because they do not have a big yard. (The logic of why Eddie takes the dog from the airport is not explained.) They take him to several places to find him a new home, but the dog keeps coming back to Eddie. They finally solve the problem by making a yard on the roof of their house. The extra large illustrations provide a good background for the brief narrative. This simple and fun book would be appropriate to read aloud to young children. Reviewer: Vicki Foote; Ages 4 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
This effervescent boy-and-dog tale is worth making some room on the shelf. The tale begins at the airport, where Eddie dreams of adventure. A white dog emerges from the carrier on the luggage carousel and introduces himself, and the adventures begin. Armed with sticks, boxes and their imaginations, they hunt for crocodiles and sail the seven seas. Eddie's mother, being a more practical type, decides the dog cannot stay as they don't have a big yard. Three times she sends the dog away, and three times he returns, riding up on a motor scooter, snorkeling along the shore and parachuting from an airplane. Will they be parted yet again? With warm illustrations, Brown focuses on Eddie and the dog, allowing the frame to chop off Eddie's mom's head, like the adults in a Peanuts cartoon. And there lies the crux of the story--the difference between being practical and passionate, between thinking with the head and playing with the heart. Children will see a warm story of a great dog and a red-haired little boy who have found a perfect friendship. Adults, if they listen closely, may see beyond the inconvenient realities of having a creative, active and persistent child. Unexpected adventures have their own unique rewards, like the glow of true happiness on an imaginative boy's face. A sweet choice for dog lovers, active children or anyone searching for a friend. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623701147
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,431,649
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison grew up in Bangor, Northern Ireland. She learned to draw by copying cartoon strips from her comics and her father's newspapers. She studied Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University and Goldsmiths College, London, and worked as a designer in an advertising agency before beginning a full-time career in children's books. Eddie and Dog is her first picture book for Little Tiger Press.
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  • Posted August 6, 2014

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    This was an okay children's picture book. It wasn't the best I'v

    This was an okay children's picture book. It wasn't the best I've read but it wasn't close to the worst either. Many young children long for a pet and the dog's perseverance in becoming Eddie's dog is sweet. 

    I enjoyed the artwork more than anything in the book. This would be a quick book to read during those times when you need just a little bit of filler in the classroom.

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