I Got Two Dogs
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I Got Two Dogs

4.1 10
by John Lithgow, Robert Neubecker
     
 

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Fanny and Blue may not be the smartest dogs, and they may not be the best-behaved dogs, but they are definitely the most-loved dogs.

John Lithgow's bouncy song - in the book and on the accompanying CD - is based on his own family's two dogs. And Robert Neubecker's eye-popping illustrations capture the joy of all things dog.See more details below

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Overview

Fanny and Blue may not be the smartest dogs, and they may not be the best-behaved dogs, but they are definitely the most-loved dogs.

John Lithgow's bouncy song - in the book and on the accompanying CD - is based on his own family's two dogs. And Robert Neubecker's eye-popping illustrations capture the joy of all things dog.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This musical ode to two prized pooches packs a crowd-pleasing wallop...Neubecker's large, vibrant paintings perfectly capture the frenetic world of dog ownership...Sure to entice youngsters, this book will find a welcome home in storytime and circulating collections."—School Library Journal

"Neubecker['s] boldly inked, maniacal cartoons capture the full measure of the four-legged joie de vivre."—Publishers Weekly

"Ranging from comically chaotic to tender, this is an entertaining, peppy read with a reassuring sentiment of unconditional love that dog fans and owners will especially appreciate."—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

Lithgow's (I'm a Manatee) singing tribute to a couple of canine ne'er-do-wells named Fanny and Blue strives for the kind of goofy, bouncy simplicity of Burl Ives's classic Little White Duck album. But as line upon line reiterates the dogs' gangly, insistent charms, song and text grow a little too familiar-even when Lithgow gooses the lyrics by turning words into howls ("They're not too smart,/ But they're loyal and true ooo ooo ooo ooo"). Neubecker (Wow! City!) fares much better: his boldly inked, maniacal cartoons capture the full measure of four-legged joie de vivre and remind readers why it's hard to stay mad at dogs for long-even when they rearrange sock drawers or share the joys of mud with startled bystanders. Ages 2-6. (Oct.)

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Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
Fanny and Blue, two fun-loving dogs, lead young readers on a romp through the pages of this brightly illustrated text. The dogs seem willing to eat anything and have an uncanny ability to make a mess wherever they go. The illustrations make the labored rhymes come to life as the animals scamper through the neighborhood. When the dogs go inside, the antics continue. The bedroom dresser becomes a playground for the dogs to explore and completely rearrange. Even though they do not know any "real" tricks, Fanny and Blue can entertain their owner and their readers for page after page of fun. By the end of the day, the dogs have led everyone on a lively adventure. The book is written in a sing-song form. A CD is included with the book so that readers can sing along with John Lithgow. The illustrations are much stronger then the text. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

This musical ode to two prized pooches packs a crowd-pleasing wallop of theatricality: "I got two dogs, Fanny and Blue./Bet you kind of wish you had two dogs too.... They're not too smart, but they're loyal and true-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo/Oh there's nothing I'd trade for my Fanny and Blue." Lithgow performs his catchy melody on the accompanying CD, complete with a back-up chorus, trilling flutes, and trumpets. The lyrics are translated clearly onto the book's pages and will send listeners into fits of giggles at each houndlike repetition of the "ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo" refrain. Neubecker's large, vibrant paintings perfectly capture the frenetic world of dog ownership, cheekily depicting a broader appreciation for each creature's personality than the verses alone provide. For example, "I got two dogs, Fanny and Blue./Always go together like a sock and shoe" is paired with a picture that reveals the two mutts using a sock and a shoe as chew toys. The illustration for "I walk 'em in the evening and the morning dew" shows the pups bounding after a very displeased cat with their leashes trailing behind. Sure to entice youngsters, this book will find a welcome home in storytime and circulating collections.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Pooches are playful...and sorta crazy, too, but ya gotta love 'em. Simple, rhyming text looks like it's slapped haphazardly on the page with a paintbrush (it's hand-lettered). This matches the (hyper)activity of the narrator's two dogs, Fanny and Blue. Little Fanny is white and scruffy while short-haired Blue's "kinda gray." They play with shoes, chase cats, root around in dresser drawers but don't really like to fetch a stick or know any tricks. They do like to lick their master's face, tag along wherever he goes and, at night in bed, sleep right on top of him. Neubecker's digitally rendered illustrations capture the mischief and movement of the two pups in bold strokes. Tying everything together is a bonus CD of the text as performed by the author, and a good thing, too. Deathless verse this ain't; Lithgow's slight, amiable book works best as a read-along for his catchy song. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416958819
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
10/21/2008
Edition description:
Book and CD
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
162,699
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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