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I Want a Dog!

I Want a Dog!

by Helga Bansch

Every child wants a dog at some point. Here's the story of little girl who figures out how to get what she wants!


Every child wants a dog at some point. Here's the story of little girl who figures out how to get what she wants!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
The many children like Lisa who long to have a pet dog will embrace this story. Twenty-one times a day, dog-lover Lisa begs for a pet. In response, she gets all kinds of stuffed animals, but every appeal she makes for a real one is met by a practical, undeniable reason for not getting one. The apartment is too small. A dog cannot go on vacation. And so forth. Even Lisa's attempts at offering bribes of good behavior or threats of misbehavior don't work. In the end, there's an unexpected but very satisfactory solution: Lisa can walk her elderly neighbor's dog. The illustrations, presented in a modified graphic story format, nicely match the tone of the story. This book could be an effective tool for parents and teachers to use to open a conversation about a type of conflict we all face throughout life. It's not that any one party is wrong or deliberately "mean" but that conflicting wants and needs call for negotiation and compromise. If we are lucky in such situations, an elderly neighbor like Mr. Lewis will show up—eventually. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Lisa loves dogs and asks "twenty-one times a day" for a pet of her own. Despite the pleas, her parents respond: "Our apartment is too small for a dog." She tries different methods of persuasion, but neither being "good as gold" nor "truly terrible" changes the verdict. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, she posts a sign in the park: "Wanted Dog to Borrow." Soon an elderly man hires Lisa to walk his dachshund. Muted watercolor illustrations show the red-haired girl playing with Rollo while her wooden toy Dalmatian sits on a nearby bench awaiting her return. A satisfying lesson in compromise.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl named Lisa longs for a dog of her own. Lisa's parents have many solid reasons why a dog won't fit into their family life, mainly because their apartment is too small for a dog, and they kindly but firmly reject every one of her arguments. Lisa tries to change their minds through her behavior, both good and bad, but her parents won't budge. Finally Lisa decides to take care of things by putting up signs in a nearby park asking for a dog to borrow. An elderly neighbor immediately brings his dog to Lisa so she can walk little Rollo the dachshund and play with him, and this satisfies her longing in an entirely too-pat ending, given the playful lead-up. The illustrations have a surrealistic, dreamy quality with distorted proportions and muted tones, but Lisa has her own quirky appeal with her flaming carrot-orange hair topped by a newspaper-print bow. The way Lisa solves her problem in a creative and socially acceptable way is laudable, but readers will still wish she'd gotten the dog. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Northsouth Books
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Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Helga Bansch was born in Leoben, Austria. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a teacher in primary schools and made marionettes for puppet theatres. Since 2003, she has lived in Vienna, working as an artist and running workshops for children. Bansch won the Austrian Children's Book Prize for her illustrations.

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