Every Day's a Dog's Day: A Year in Poems

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Poems perfect for a year in the life - a dog's life, that is!

Day in, day out, our dogs are there for it all. But they see holidays quite differently than we do - Halloween, for example, is when you can't tell the real cats from the costumes! And, of course, dogs have special days of their own, like Hole Digging Day or the dreaded Visit to the Vet Day. Perfect for dog lovers of all ages, this clever book by one of the leading children's poets celebrates all those days and more, ...

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Overview

Poems perfect for a year in the life - a dog's life, that is!

Day in, day out, our dogs are there for it all. But they see holidays quite differently than we do - Halloween, for example, is when you can't tell the real cats from the costumes! And, of course, dogs have special days of their own, like Hole Digging Day or the dreaded Visit to the Vet Day. Perfect for dog lovers of all ages, this clever book by one of the leading children's poets celebrates all those days and more, looking at a whole year in the life of our canine companions.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In lively and often humorous poems that range from rhymed couplets to haiku, Singer describes different days of the year from a dog’s point of view. Though a dog doesn’t understand what “Valentine” means, some things are clear: “She hugs me, gives me kisses,/ and something good to gnaw./ She has my heart already,/ so I offer her my paw.” More frequent events are no less special for a dog: “It’s a cause for celebration/ when a feline shows its face.” Sakamoto creates blissful scenes of cartoon dogs engaged in familiar behaviors like digging, snoozing, and relating to the kids that love them. Ages 3–up. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Romp through assorted holidays and celebrations with lively pups, kids and families as multiple perspectives spring to life from a dog's point of view. Verses feature Buddy, Rosalie, Barkley and Fizz who never seem to run out of energy from season to season performing charming feats, getting into mischief, stirring up emotions, and completing the family circle all year. In both free verse and rhyme, poems reflect the whims and fancies of a dog's world using conversational phrases. Prominent holidays along with particular favorites are described: burying bones, grooming, chasing cats, playing games, going to the vet's, marching in a pet parade, scratching fleas, and typical first experiences. Children associate familiar activities on every page with their own year-round festivities or family traditions. Incorporating a repeating cast of characters fosters memorizing poems as whimsical illustrations enhance the rhythms in a lively way. Expressed in lengthy renditions or simply given in a line or two, this collection of verses is worthy of sharing over and over again. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Simple verses about the seasons and the holidays, written from a dog's point of view. Sakamoto's bright, cartoonlike depictions of Buddy, Rosalie, Barkley, and Fizz are adorable and funny, and will surely elicit long and loud aws and giggles. In "Valentine's Day," Rosalie waxes sentimental about her owner, who "hugs me, gives me kisses,/and something good to gnaw./She has my heart already,/so I offer her my paw." Wordplay abounds, as in the game "Keep Away": "You see this stick? You want it, don'tcha?/You'll race me fast to get it, won'tcha?" Events such as grooming, beach visits, barbecues, and playtime are depicted. This read-aloud-size book pairs well with Jon Katz's Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm (Holt, 2011). For older children, the poems and pictures present a structured overview of what a year may entail; younger children will just appreciate the poems in and of themselves.—Tess Pfeifer, Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A chronological collection of 30 short poems follows four canine pals and their young owners through a calendar year, in an earnest but uneven effort that tries too hard to please, rather like an overly enthusiastic Labrador. The dogs and their owners enjoy seasonal activities and holiday celebrations over the year, with outdoor play in snow and sand and participation in obedience classes, a dog show and a parade. The poems are written in first person with one of the four dogs as narrator, and it is sometimes unclear which dog is speaking when all four dogs are shown in the illustration. The poetic formats are pleasingly varied in length and rhyme scheme and include a few gems such as haiku and parallel introductory and concluding poems. While some poems are sharply focused and cleverly rhymed, others don't scan exactly or use rhyming pairs that stretch too far (don'tcha / won'tcha). Busy, detailed illustrations follow the poems closely, depicting humorous interactions among the four dogs and cheery views of the four children who own the dogs. The illustration for a St. Patrick's Day poem includes an oddly prominent wall plaque with a famous Irish phrase of welcome, but there is no translation to help readers. These cute dogs and kids don't break any new ground in the crowded field of dog-themed books for children. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803737150
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 490,678
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Singer

Marilyn Singer (www.marilynsinger.net) is the author of more than 50 children's books. Her book Mirror Mirror was named a Washington Post Top 15 Children's Book of 2010 and a finalist for the Cybil Award in Poetry, as well as receiving six starred reviews. Ms. Singer, her husband, and their standard poodle divide their time between Brooklyn, New York, and Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Miki Sakamoto has illustrated numerous picture books for young readers. She lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    Great for dog lovers of all ages!

    These poems are a dog's eye view of life; they are very cleverly written, and the illustrations are wonderful. Both the author and the illustrator seem to have a lot of insight and experience with our canine companions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    First ran into this doing a "Read to Rover" children's

    First ran into this doing a "Read to Rover" children's program at a local library, then bought the Nook book.  Clever poems with nice, easy rhythms.  The illustrations are adorable.  A great book to  keep on the nightstand to read throughout the year, with poems for most holidays and seasons, plus notable days for dogs like the dreaded Grooming Day!  The recordable Nook book is fantastic- record it yourself for teaching, and let your kids record the pages, too, for reading pract
    What a clever, cute book, especially for kids who like dogs and other pets.


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