From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew on

From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew on

by Amy E. Sklansky, Karla Firehammer, Karen Dismukes, Cathy McQuitty
     
 

A spirited celebration of dogs

"My tail won’t stop its wagging.

My rear end has an ache.

Back and forth and back and forth–

It never takes a break!"

Dogs. Dogs. Dogs. Big dogs, small dogs, cowboy dogs, and even astrodogs! In poems that bounce and spill and shoot off into space (just like their subjects!) and

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A spirited celebration of dogs

"My tail won’t stop its wagging.

My rear end has an ache.

Back and forth and back and forth–

It never takes a break!"

Dogs. Dogs. Dogs. Big dogs, small dogs, cowboy dogs, and even astrodogs! In poems that bounce and spill and shoot off into space (just like their subjects!) and stunning hand-beaded pictures that capture the true nature of man’s best friend, this delightful collection celebrates dogs in all their tail-wagging, tongue-lolling glory.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nifty beaded and appliqu d illustrations distinguish Sklansky's (the ZOOMfun series) collection of 26 canine poems. Playful pups and precocious mutts (and frisky felines who make frequent cameos), rendered entirely in colorful, shiny beadwork, cavort across canvas spreads, highlighting different doggy endeavors. One dog negates his owner's hard work in "The Bath": "splash soap scrub mope.../ mud/ run/ roll/ done!" Only the back half of a dog is visible in the illustration, which also shows the bubble-filled clawfoot tub out of which the dog has leapt. Much of the verse is rather uninspired ("I don't do the backstroke/ Or swim the butterfly./ Doggy paddle is my stroke / I'll bet you can guess why!"). The art, while created by four beaders, is uniform in style: tidy, cheerful, enhanced by simple embroidery. Crafters will be especially interested in the endnotes, which explain that about 120,000 beads were used to make the book and that each illustration took between 40 and 120 hours to create. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-These verses celebrate the things dogs appreciate, such as Saturdays in the park, rolling in mud, car rides, and being nuzzled. Some present canine dreams while others document negative aspects of dog life such as fleas and baths. New readers will feel comfortable with the easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm, as in, "Into your loving arms I leap-/Please scratch between my ears./I love the way you cuddle me/And ease my doggy fears." The beadwork illustrations are innovative and attractive, lending glimmer, texture, and dimension to the book. They also enhance the frivolity of the selections in their comical depictions of different canine breeds. The final page provides information about the illustrative technique and the artists. Introduce this book to fans of Jack Prelutsky's Dog Days (Knopf, 1999).-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The stunning, beaded illustrations are clearly the best-in-show winners of this thematic collection of 25 poems celebrating canines. In their collective picture book debut, the four artists have created beaded illustrations using rows of tiny beads on colored backgrounds with clever additions of larger beads, buttons, and charms interspersed for variety. Their beaded dogs (and a few companion cats) have plenty of humor and personality, including some imaginative pooches: a sheriff dog in a ten-gallon hat, an astrodog in a silver spaceship, and two scuba-diving dogs. In her first published work, Sklansky offers a variety of poetic forms, mostly rhymed, all written in first person from a dog's point of view. Several poems examine a dog's dreams or nightmares, while others focus on standard features of a dog's life (fleas, baths, bones, balls, digging holes, and affection for human owners). The creative design includes different type treatments, borders, backgrounds, and illustration placement that make the most of this unusual medium. The final page includes additional facts about the beadwork and short bios with tiny self-portraits of the bead artists. (Poetry. 5-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805066739
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 10.52(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

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