I Love Dogs!

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Dogs, dogs, dogs. I love dogs! Bestselling author Sue Stainton and bestselling illustrator Bob Staake come together to tell of a rambunctious boy's journey through the park on his way to adopt the pet of his dreams—a dog, of course!

The short, upbeat, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations make I Love Dogs! perfect for reading aloud to the youngest of dog enthusiasts, but this gem makes a great gift for anyone—of any age or breed—who has ever ...

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Overview

Dogs, dogs, dogs. I love dogs! Bestselling author Sue Stainton and bestselling illustrator Bob Staake come together to tell of a rambunctious boy's journey through the park on his way to adopt the pet of his dreams—a dog, of course!

The short, upbeat, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations make I Love Dogs! perfect for reading aloud to the youngest of dog enthusiasts, but this gem makes a great gift for anyone—of any age or breed—who has ever wanted to shout to the world, "I Love Dogs!"

With lazy dogs and crazy dogs, yappy dogs and happy dogs, dogs in the park and dogs that bark, dog lovers will surely want to come back for more, and there's plenty to discover in the detailed illustrations on a second, third, or even fiftieth read.

Dog lovers who enjoyed reading Dr. Seuss's Go, Dog, Go!, Bob Staake's My Pet Book, or Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest's I Didn't Do It will certainly want to add this doggone fabulous read to their library shelves!

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
Praise for Sue Stainton’s I LOVE CATS: “More than two dozen cats to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over…maximum catness.”
School Library Journal
11/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—"Dogs, dogs, dogs," chants a red-haired boy with a large, round head and striped shirt, as he strolls through the park on a sunny day. During his walk, he encounters all sorts of canines. No matter their size, shape, personality, or breed, he adores them. The boy makes note of the different varieties he meets, from "strong dogs" and "long dogs" to "shaggy dogs" and "waggy dogs." On his journey, he passes several signs advertising an adopt-a-dog program. Finally, he reaches the street and eagerly heads into the local pet store. As the proprietor hands him his own smiling pup, the boy says once again, "Dogs, dogs, dogs. I love dogs!" Staake's dynamic digital illustrations add energy and humor to the rhyming text. Each spread depicts a number of pups enjoying a romp in the park. All of the canines are bursting with unique personality and their owners are just as diverse as their pets. In the middle of all the action, the boy cannot contain his delight as he moves from page to page. Pair this exuberant title with Jane O'Connor's The Perfect Puppy for Me (Viking, 2003) or Wanda Gag's classic Millions of Cats.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-01
A little boy travels around a bustling, big-city park observing dogs of many varieties before finally acquiring a dog of his own. The title page introduces the boy who narrates the story, showing him gazing up at a red sign that orders, "Adopt a dog today!" As the boy wanders through the huge park, he follows multiple identical signs that point the way to a canine adoption center. The short, humorous text describes a diverse canine population through descriptive rhyming pairs, such as "nosy dogs, / cozy dogs" and "naughty dogs, / haughty dogs." Stylized, computer-generated illustrations capture the antics of the happily romping canines and the eccentricities of their various owners. The main character is sometimes cleverly concealed within the illustrations of the busy park scenes, but he can always be spotted by his tuft of red hair and striped shirt. The illustrations carefully match the descriptions of the dogs, whether spotty, dotty, wrinkly or crinkly, and the bold, jazzy style perks up a story that isn't particularly original. As always, Staake depicts skin tones of just about every color, including blue, lavender and green; the protagonist has very light brown skin. Pleasing pups and a vibrant illustration style make this a cheery story for preschoolers or for children just beginning to read on their own. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061170577
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/30/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 181,738
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Stainton is an art director and lives with her husband and three boys in southwest England. She is the author of many books for children, including the bestselling Santa's Snow Cat, The Lighthouse Cat, I Love Cats, and The Chocolate Cat, all illustrated by Anne Mortimer, and Christmas Magic, illustrated by Eva Melhuish.

Bob Staake has written and/or illustrated more than sixty books, including The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. He has been a cover artist for The New Yorker since 2006, and his November 17, 2008, Barack Obama victory cover was named the Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts

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