Hunky Dory Ate It

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Evans's first book for children features a mischievous puppy whose eyes are decidedly bigger than his tummy. Short, staccato sentences relay the gluttonous dog's gastronomic adventures: ``Clara Lake / baked a cake. / Hunky Dory ate it.'' He then devours Kate Donetti's spaghetti; samples mud pies made by his young owner, Julie; steals a steak from a backyard grill; and dives into a tart prepared by Mr. Hart, the baker. After all this consumption, ``Hunky Dory's / stomach dragged. / His sturdy tail / no longer wagged.'' Julie rushes her pet to the vet, who gives the pup a dose of green medicine; alas, ``Hunky Dory hated it.'' Stoeke's ( Minerva Louise ; Lawrence ) suitably bare-bones, large-scale pictures convey the spunkiness of the eponymous pooch, who is especially endearing when his paws and ears are smeared with purloined food. The book's oversize type will be a boon to beginning readers. Ages 3-6. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Hunky Dory, Julie Fry's naughty dog, eats everything he can find--from Kate Donetti's boiled spaghetti to Sandy Drake's grilled steak to Julie Fry's mud pies. Unfortunately, his voracious and undiscriminating appetite lands him in the vet's office, eating a not-so-appetizing cure. Evans's cleverly rhymed verse is ideal for read-aloud sessions, with children anticipating and repeating ``Hunky Dory ate it.'' The engaging yellow pup exuberantly romps through these pages via Stoeke's bright, bold cartoon illustrations outlined in black crayon. Humorously ironic visual twists add to the charm. A ``Hunky Dory'' book. --Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140558562
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Morgan Stoeke is the creator of the hen Minerva Louise, who has appeared in many books. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Visit her website at

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