The Hound Dog's Haiku: and Other Poems for Dog Lovers

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A deft (and dog-loving) poet teams up with a Caldecott-winning artist in a fun, fetching haiku collection for anyone who's ever loved a dog.

A corgi dozes with paws in the air. A bloodhound burrows into a scent. A border collie tracks a herd of cows. A wagging spaniel leaps for joy. In simple, charming haiku, poet Michael J. Rosen portrays twenty beloved dog breeds, from the pug to the Dalmatian to the golden retriever. Complete with interesting facts about each breed and ...

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Overview

A deft (and dog-loving) poet teams up with a Caldecott-winning artist in a fun, fetching haiku collection for anyone who's ever loved a dog.

A corgi dozes with paws in the air. A bloodhound burrows into a scent. A border collie tracks a herd of cows. A wagging spaniel leaps for joy. In simple, charming haiku, poet Michael J. Rosen portrays twenty beloved dog breeds, from the pug to the Dalmatian to the golden retriever. Complete with interesting facts about each breed and illustrated with Mary Azarian's striking woodcuts, this keepsake volume is sure to set any dog lover's tail a-wagging.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this companion to The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Birding Poems, Rosen explores the characteristics of 20 dog breeds through rich, contemplative imagery. Describing a border collie, he writes, "above your fixed gaze/ a Milky Way of cows move—/ your constellations." Another haiku makes striking use of alliteration with regard to a bloodhound's strongest sense: "staccato sniffing/ fills your ribs' parentheses/ you keep scent's secret." Azarian's handsome, expressive woodcuts mirror the tone of the poems, while an appended section provides additional details about the breeds. Ages 6–10. (Sept.)
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Pooches large and small, common and rare abound in this glorious collection of haiku...brilliant in every way: poetically, visually-the Tao of dogginess!
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Each poem is spot-on both in terms of poetic excellence and insight into unique characteristics of the diverse canines...truly, a dog treat to be savored.
—Library Media Connection (starred review)

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
On double pages Rosen creates a rhyme to individualize and personify each of twenty breeds of dogs. These include some less familiar, like the bluetick coonhound, the Great Pyrenees, the Samoyed and Shih Tzu, along with the more well-known such as the border collie, beagle, standard poodle, pug, bloodhound, Dalmatian, or dachshund. The verses express a moment in the life of that dog. For the border collie: "...above your fixed gaze/ a Milky Way of cows move—/ your constellations." For the Pembroke Welsh corgi: "...dozing, paws outstretched, / you soar across cloud-pillows/ superhero dreams..." For the Weimaraner: "...first frost, windless cold/ dogs flush six deer in the woods/ gold showers the chase..." Azarian's naturalistic colored woodcuts illuminate characteristics of each dog at rest or in action, depicted in an appropriate setting. There are added notes about each of the breeds included. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2–6—These delightful selections will engage haiku composers and dog lovers. Rosen teams with Azarian, who offers the essential woof within the woodcut: an English springer spaniel suspended in air for the Frisbee catch, a dachshund cozy in a warm quilt. Various settings include a bluetick hound in a barn bed of hay, a Great Pyrenees bounding in a blue snowbound landscape, gray Weimaraners dashing through a leaf-strewn forest. Just as the captured moments are evocative, so too are the imaginative leaps taken in many of the poems. Twenty canines are represented, with each dog given a fully illustrated spread; the breed's name is in large letters and the haiku on the opposing page is in a smaller font. Endnotes take the form of visual avatars culled from the illustrations, with a short paragraph about the breed. Fetch this title full of wordplay, creative romps, and pet prompts for a fun read.—Tess Pfeifer, Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
Kirkus Reviews

Pooches large and small, common and rare abound in this glorious collection of haiku.

Rosen last employed this most concentrated of poetic forms to survey all things avian with illustrator Stan Fellows (The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Birding Poems, 2009, etc.). Here he joins forces with woodcut master and Caldecott winner Azarian (Snowflake Bentley, with Jacqueline Briggs Martin, 1999) with dazzling results. The well-honed verse captures at once the depth of this potent syllabic form and essence of canine behavior, whether playful or at rest. Combined with woodcuts so intricate they take on an almost-3-D vitality, these portraits depict not only what we love about dogs but what we envy. A telling example is the colorful Old English Sheepdog: "dog day before noon: / cool sun warming your left side / dog day afternoon..." Other snapshots, like the Parson Russell Terrier, "elbow-deep in dirt" with "nothing to bury but hours," and Miniature Schnauzer, "the one hieroglyph / that appears on all windows: / your nose writing When?" get to the more philosophic character of the species. Throughout, Azarian's supple illustrations, richly colorful and bursting with texture, draw in young and old, while Rosen's concluding "Notes for Dog People and Haiku Lovers" includes a wealth of canine trivia.

Brilliant in every way: poetically, visually—the Tao of dogginess! (Picture books/poetry. 5 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763644994
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 908,605
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Rosen has written and edited some ninety books for children and adults, including THE CUCKOO'S HAIKU AND OTHER BIRDING POEMS, illustrated by Stan Fellows, and CHANUKAH LIGHTS, illustrated and paper-engineered by Robert Sabuda. Many of his books, such as THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS, and MY DOG! A KIDS' GUIDE TO KEEPING A HAPPY AND HEALTHY PET are inspired by his lifelong experience with animals, whether as a college zoology major, a bird-watcher, or a dog trainer. Michael J. Rosen lives on one hundred forested acres in central Ohio.

Mary Azarian has illustrated many books for children, including SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, which won the Caldecott Medal. Her fine-art woodcuts and stationery are instantly recognizable and beloved by collectors everywhere. Mary Azarian lives in Vermont.

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