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Hickory Dickory Dog

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Charming illustrations highlight a child’s day at school — with a surprise canine visitor — in this twist on a nursery rhyme about the hours of the day.

Hickory, dickory, dare, Dogs aren’t allowed in there. A sneaky peek through . . . Then a hullabaloo! Hickory, dickory, dare.

Zack and his dog, Rufus, are best friends. So when Zack goes to school, Rufus follows along. And once he’s there, Rufus joins right in with painting, lunchtime, and even ...

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Overview

Charming illustrations highlight a child’s day at school — with a surprise canine visitor — in this twist on a nursery rhyme about the hours of the day.

Hickory, dickory, dare, Dogs aren’t allowed in there. A sneaky peek through . . . Then a hullabaloo! Hickory, dickory, dare.

Zack and his dog, Rufus, are best friends. So when Zack goes to school, Rufus follows along. And once he’s there, Rufus joins right in with painting, lunchtime, and even garden time — which makes for one messy pup when it’s time to go home! Engaging illustrations capture the people and playthings of a child’s day, with an array of analog clocks sprinkled throughout for good measure.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
Hat tip to Mother Goose: Murray (Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten) uses one of the most familiar nursery rhymes to introduce Rufus, a dog who’s determined to be a constant companion to his young owner, Zack, from wake-up to bedtime. Why should a little thing like school and a “NO DOGS ALLOWED” sign come between two buddies? With nary a supervising adult in sight to protest or eject the increasingly scruffy Rufus, the dog wriggles through a fence and joins in the kindergarten fun. Art class is “make-a-mess heaven,” and lunch is divine: “Hickory, lickery, lunch,/ Some yummy food to munch./ The clock strikes noon/ Zack’s dropped his spoon!/ Hickory, lickery lunch.” Murray’s digital pictures have the cheery colors, simple shapes, and straightforward exuberance of 1950s illustration. Rufus, fashioned out of an almost continuous scraggly brown line and filled in with mustardy yellow, is the very picture of canine devotion. Analog clocks pop up throughout the spreads, offering visual cues (and subtle nudges) to those on the threshold of knowing how to tell time. Ages 2–5. (June)
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Set to the tune of "Hickory Dickory Dock," Murray’s original text perfectly fits the traditional nursery song. ... The language is pure fun in places ("Hickory dickory dee,/Haroo!/Hurrah!/Yippee!") and always child-friendly. The digitally rendered artwork is colorful and appealing. ... The book begs to be read aloud or, even more appropriately, sung aloud. The generous size of the book, the clarity and appeal of the illustrations, and the fluidity of the text make it a good choice for storytime.
—School Library Journal

Murray’s digital pictures have the cheery colors, simple shapes, and straightforward exuberance of 1950s illustration. Rufus, fashioned out of an almost continuous scraggly brown line and filled in with mustardy yellow, is the very picture of canine devotion. Analog clocks pop up throughout the spreads, offering visual cues (and subtle nudges) to those on the threshold of knowing how to tell time.
—Publishers Weekly

Murray... riffs on a traditional nursery rhyme, keeping its cadences while focusing on a day in the life of Zack and his faithful dog, Rufus. ... Murray’s digital art employs a palette ranging from flat, retro pastels to bright primary colors.
—Kirkus Reviews

There is a hullaballo in Alison Murray's "Hickory Dickory Dog," but it is entirely of the jolly, frisking, canine sort. In sprightly verse that takes liberties with the old Mother Goose rhyme, this picture book recounts a messy day in the life of little Rufus and his young master, Zack. ... Colorful, charmingly guileless illustrations of the child and his disheveled friend give a feeling of easy happiness to this story for 3- to 7-year-olds.
—The Wall Street Journal

Children's Literature - Marge McGugan
Zack’s day is just like any other day. He gets up and goes to school. However, his dog, Rufus, is not happy about Zack being gone. So Rufus follows Zack to school, manages to squeeze through the fence, and joins in the entire day’s activities. Through playtime and paint, lunchtime and glue, bath time and leaves, Zack and Rufus have a great time sharing their day. Ms. Murray takes the familiar nursery rhyme “Hickory Dickory Dock” and translates the lyrical word play into an endearing story of a boy and his dog. Both characters are involved in activities familiar to all children. Illustrations bring a busy day to life in a simple, colorful manner. Parents and grandparents will enjoy helping young readers with the word changes. Independent readers will have fun practicing their pronunciation on the rhyming words. Everyone will be giggling as Rufus joins Zack for his very busy day. Reviewer: Marge McGugan; Ages 3 to 8.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Set to the tune of "Hickory Dickory Dock," Murray's original text perfectly fits the traditional nursery song. Zack and his scruffy and adorable dog Rufus go through a day of activities, from rising when the alarm clock rings to bedtime. In between, they play in a park, paint, eat lunch, garden, and bathe. The language is pure fun in places ("Hickory dickory dee,/Haroo!/Hurrah!/Yippee!") and always child-friendly. The digitally rendered artwork is colorful and appealing. Various analog clock faces are highlighted throughout the illustrations, reinforcing the passage of time. The book begs to be read aloud or, even more appropriately, sung aloud. The generous size of the book, the clarity and appeal of the illustrations, and the fluidity of the text make it a good choice for storytime. And if shared one-on-one, the text and art will elicit great conversations.—Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-16
Following One Two That's My Shoe (2012), Murray again riffs on a traditional nursery rhyme, keeping its cadences while focusing on a day in the life of Zack and his faithful dog, Rufus.Rufus follows Zack to school, where he romps with a small group of ethnically diverse classmates as they march in a band, play dress-up, bicycle, scooter and skateboard (sans helmets), and paint at easels. There's nary an adult in sight, and most of the analog clocks that anchor the day's events (from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) have no numbers, leaving the time-telling to grown-up readers. Murray's digital art employs a palette ranging from flat, retro pastels to bright primary colors. The children sport stylized hair and clothing, with black dots for eyes. The antics of shaggy, yellow Rufus earn him splotches of blue, green and pink, as well as some glued-on fallen leaves. Oddly, large swaths of time elapse between some adjacent spreads. Zack and Rufus arrive home at 5 p.m.—three hours after leaving the classroom for the leaf pile. Since the day's passing hours are one of the story's themes, such unexplained time lapses are unfortunate.Flawed internal logic mars this slight tale. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763668266
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 365,068
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Murray is the author-illustrator of several books for children, including Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten. She lives in Scotland.
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