I Am the Dog
  • I Am the Dog
  • I Am the Dog

I Am the Dog

by Daniel Pinkwater, Jack E. Davis
     
 

Jacob is the boy.

Max is the dog.

Until they decide to change places.

Now Jacob gets to eat kibble, chase squirrels, and snooze, just like a real dog. Max brushes his teeth, goes to school, and plays video games, just like a real boy. The question is: Who has the better deal?

Story maestro Daniel Pinkwater collaborates once again with the gifted

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Overview

Jacob is the boy.

Max is the dog.

Until they decide to change places.

Now Jacob gets to eat kibble, chase squirrels, and snooze, just like a real dog. Max brushes his teeth, goes to school, and plays video games, just like a real boy. The question is: Who has the better deal?

Story maestro Daniel Pinkwater collaborates once again with the gifted illustrator Jack E. Davis for a boy-and-dog escapade that's sure to set tails a-wagging.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Pinkwater (Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken) and Davis give readers absurdity aplenty in this story about a boy, Jacob, and his dog, Max, who agree to change places. "When we woke up.... I stretched. I yawned. I scratched behind my ear--all the things I had seen Max do." Davis (Marsupial Sue) pictures Jacob crouched on all fours with a bone in his mouth as Max stands on a stool furiously brushing his teeth ("He ate a lot of toothpaste"). Jacob's parents are happy to play along, feeding Jacob his breakfast on the floor and sending Max to school in his place. Pinkwater's deadpan prose benefits mightily from the off-the-wall humor in Davis's paintings (as Max, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, greets his classmates, Jacob watches from the car, a toy ball stuffed in his mouth). Jacob's conclusion, after a day of trading homework and school for playing fetch and napping, will ring true for kids--especially those who are overscheduled. "Both of us had learned something," he says. "Being a dog is better." Ages 4�8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
Jacob and his dog Max are best friends. One night, they decide to trade places—Jacob will be the dog and Max will be the boy. In this whimsical story of walking in another person's shoes, children can come to their own conclusion on whether it is best to be a boy or a dog (hint, a dog's life is better). Jacob gets the opportunity to eat kibble out of his dish on the floor, while Max gets to eat spaghetti and meatballs at the table with the family. Jacob later gets punished for eating Max's homework while Max is rewarded with playing videogames. Jacob learns that he loves playing in the park as a dog as much as he loves running around the yard. Max loves all the attention and treats he receives at school from all the other children. After a long day of activity Jacob gets to take a nap while Max has to re-do the homework that his "dog" ate. Pinkwater's comical story and Davis's illustrations provide a hilarious story that children will want to read over and over. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—For 24 hours, a boy and his dog trade places. Young Jacob eats kibble out of a bowl on the floor, chases squirrels in the park, and eats Max's homework, while Max goes to Jacob's school, plays video games, and eats spaghetti and meatballs. Jacob's parents, teachers, and classmates seem to take this role reversal in stride. When Jacob and Max switch back, they both agree that "being a dog is better." While not Pinkwater's best work, his signature goofy humor plays well here and will please his many fans. Davis's mostly full-spread watercolor cartoons match the comic sensibility and pacing of the text nicely. Children will delight in this vision of life turned upside down and may contemplate swaps with their own family pets.—Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews

This amiable and impressive walk for Pinkwater breezily showcases his skill as a comic storyteller and how that skill is a smooth handoff to an illustrator. The premise here is simple: Jacob, a boy, and Max, his dog, swap places for a day. Rather than get the story all in a twist with a world turned upside down, the author deadpans it. "Max threw a ball. I ran after it. He threw it again. I went after it again. He threw it again. I went after it again. For some reason, I never got tired of doing that." Max clearly likes his new diet—bacon and eggs, spaghetti and meatballs—though doing his homework twice (Jacob ate the first copy) doesn't bring a smile to his face. Meanwhile, Jacob is in heaven: tearing about the yard, visiting the park, eating kibble, tearing about the yard once more. Davis keeps the dry humor right up on the surface, the tone bright—there is a whole lot of beaming on Jacob's part—but not frantic. A very snug collaboration; must have been the homework that tipped it. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060555054
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/21/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
572,130
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD220L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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