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.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
I Got Two Dogs: with audio recordingby John Lithgow, Robert Neubecker
The clever rhyming text tells of the narrator's two dogs who could not be more different—one is big, one is small, one barks quietly, while one has a loud and enthusiastic bark—but he loves them both the same. The bold graphic art style adds humor by
John Lithgow sings one of his most popular songs, "I Got Two Dogs," in this e-book edition.
The clever rhyming text tells of the narrator's two dogs who could not be more different—one is big, one is small, one barks quietly, while one has a loud and enthusiastic bark—but he loves them both the same. The bold graphic art style adds humor by revealing that the narrator's view of the dogs isn't exactly the way others might see them.
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
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Meet the Author
John Lithgow is the New York Times bestselling author of I Got Two Dogs; Mahalia Mouse Goes to College; Marsupial Sue Presents: The Runaway Pancake; I’m A Manatee; Micawber; Marsupial Sue; The Remarkable Farkle McBride; and Carnival of the Animals. An award-winning actor, he has starred on stage, film, and television. He performs concerts across the country and has recorded the CDs Farkle and Friends, Singin’ in the Bathtub, and The Sunny Side of the Street. Visit John at JohnLithgow.com.
Robert Neubecker is the author and illustrator of Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex and of his own Wow! series. He is also the award-winning illustrator of Shiver Me Timbers by Douglas Florian, Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth by Sarah Weeks, I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow, and Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Robert also illustrates for the New York Times and Slate magazine. After twenty years in Manhattan, he and his family live in Park City, Utah. Visit Robert at Neubecker.com.
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After listening to John Lithgow's reading of this book on Read Across America webcast I just had to have a copy for my class! My students were very engaged during the reading and by the time we were done we had listened to the story four times! John Lithgow was superb and brought life to the story. The book was engaging and the children quickly joined in the refrains when rereading the book. I was pleased to find that the book also included a cd for listening while tracking the words in the book. We have added this story book to our class listening center where it has quickly become a popular choice! We highly recommend this book and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
I love this book and children love it and the CD with it
We love both books that are read to me by John Lithgow. We sure do wish there was more available that are read to me. Hint hint wink wink.
I love this book! My son and me love to sing and dance around the house when we listen to the story.
This book is so fun and engaging. We took it to an intergrated group at the local isd. Both typical developing children and delayed children wanted to hear the book over and over again. It was so great to see the kids moving back and forth to the beat!
We have several of John Lithgow's children's books, and this one is a great addition to the collection. His writing is always original and fresh with more than just a little reality (from his own life) kicked in. The book and songs are wonderful and you don't even need to be a dog owner to appreciate it. Good job, John!
Although I do agree that the poor grammar isn't the best model for young children, my students loved this book. They wanted me to play the song over and over again. They also asked that I give them copies of the lyrics so they could read as they sang. If it gets kids reading, then it's worth it.
While this is a cute book, with FUN illustrations, reading it aloud is like fingernails on a chalk board. It repeats the phrase "I Got Two Dogs" over and over. The poor grammar is just too much for me! Lithgow does not mean "got" like "received" or "obtained"; he means "got" like "have". We must take every opportunity to let children hear good grammar, and this book does NOT help. When I read it to children as The Reading Lady, I say/sing "I have two dogs..." but we then lose the opportunity to have them hear and see words together in their pre-reading activities. I hope, hope, hope Mr. Lithgow writes more fun-to-read stories, but PLEASE, no "I'm gunna sing" or other substandard usages.