Harry Goes to Dog School

Harry Goes to Dog School

by Scott Menchin
     
 

Harry doesn't want to be a boy. . . . He would rather be a dog.

Harry's parents try everything, but he is only interested in barking, biting, and rolling around on the ground. There is only one option left: dog school! And the Pavlov Royal Academy doesn't shy away from a challenge.

Will Harry learn to be a good dog . . . or a good boy?

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Overview

Harry doesn't want to be a boy. . . . He would rather be a dog.

Harry's parents try everything, but he is only interested in barking, biting, and rolling around on the ground. There is only one option left: dog school! And the Pavlov Royal Academy doesn't shy away from a challenge.

Will Harry learn to be a good dog . . . or a good boy?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Harry, the protagonist of this mild comedy, would rather be a dog than a boy. In cleanly outlined cartoon illustrations, Menchin (Taking a Bath with the Dog) shows Harry growling when he’s served a bowl of oatmeal, barking at a cat, and licking his sister’s cheek when he’s told to kiss her good night. His parents enroll him in the Pavlov Royal Academy, where his fellow students are all dogs. “School was a dream come true!” Harry happily follows commands to sit, roll over, and fetch, but “lunch was not what he expected,” his efforts to share his drawings and build blocks with his friends fall flat, and at naptime Harry dreams about all the fun things a boy can do that a dog cannot. When Harry expectedly announces he’d like to be a boy again, “His parents were okay with that.” Though scenes of Harry behaving (and misbehaving) like a dog will draw laughs, it’s an even-keeled and low-stakes story that doesn’t do much, comically or otherwise, with the potential of its premise. Ages 4�8. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (July)
ALA Booklist
“The simplified language makes this accessible to the very youngest, as do the exceedingly clean and primary color-based illustrations. Barks of approval are all but assured.”
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Harry wants to be a dog, not a boy. He sits like a dog, barks at a kitty in the tree, and licks his sister instead of giving her a kiss. His parents want the best for him and send him to the Pavlov Royal Academy for dogs. Harry and his canine classmates get along and play very well together, until… dog food is served at lunch. Sharing his crayons, favorite superhero books, and block building with his new friends also becomes challenging. When his teacher asks if he wants to be her helper, he jumps at the chance and becomes a boy again, happily watching TV, eating ice cream, reading to his sister, and attending a school with boys and girls his age. Humorous cartoon illustrations in bold, bright colors are done in pen-and-ink and digitally colored. One particularly funny spread features Harry and the dogs at recess playing Frisbee, digging holes, and tossing a ball. Pair this book with Daniel Pinkwater's I Am the Dog (HarperCollins, 2010) or Kara LaReau's Otto: The Boy Who Loved Cars (Roaring Brook, 2011) for books with similar themes.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Menchin introduces readers to a boy who has taken pretending to be a dog to new levels. From growling at the dinner table and barking at cats to licking his sister goodnight, Harry makes it clear that he would rather be a dog than a boy. When it is time to send him to school, the Pavlov Royal Academy seems the perfect choice. Harry loves his new classmates and excels at all the morning subjects--sitting, rolling over and fetching. But lunchtime, with its unappetizing food, is a turning point for Harry, who afterward wants to draw and build with blocks. While his new friends are all napping, the teacher wrangles sleepless Harry into being her helper. He plays with, waters and washes the dogs, which finally tires him enough for a nap of his own, during which he dreams of normal boy activities. By dismissal, Harry is cured of wanting to be a dog (mostly). Menchin's humorous, digitally colored pen-and-ink illustrations feature crisp lines, bright colors, a wide variety of dog breeds and lots of tongue-in-cheek humor. Harry's expressive face completes the package. An amusing turnabout that is sure to have readers in stitches…as long as they are not chasing their own tails instead. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061958014
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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