I Wish My Brother Was a Dog

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Andy's brother just knows life would be better if baby Andy were a dog. There'd be no more squeaky cribs, no more stinky diapers and--best of all--no more toppled towers of blocks. Life would be peaceful. But would it be too peaceful? Find out in this lively, light-hearted look at how one boy deals with a pesky baby brother. <P>"From the overall inventiveness of the artist's vision to the humorous details added to each page, readers will be caught up in the fantasy." --<i>School Library ...
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Overview

Andy's brother just knows life would be better if baby Andy were a dog. There'd be no more squeaky cribs, no more stinky diapers and--best of all--no more toppled towers of blocks. Life would be peaceful. But would it be too peaceful? Find out in this lively, light-hearted look at how one boy deals with a pesky baby brother. <P>"From the overall inventiveness of the artist's vision to the humorous details added to each page, readers will be caught up in the fantasy." --<i>School Library Journal</i><P>* A Picture Puffin <br>* Full-color illustrations<br>* 32 pages<br>* Ages 4-8

An older sibling imagines how much better it would be if brother Andy were a dog instead of a baby, doing tricks and being banished to the outside when he got too noisy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What to do with an annoying baby brother? The fast-talking boy in this jaunty picture book thinks he has the perfect solution: life would be a whole lot easier if his brother Andy were a dog instead of an inquisitive infant. After all, a dog wouldn't make a mess at the table, because it would eat on the floor. A dog wouldn't mess up the toys, sleep in a squeaky crib or crawl around in stinky diapers, either. The quick-thinking protagonist gleefully rattles off the pros of being a dog, much like a practiced salesman hoping to strike a deal, but ultimately he realizes that he would miss having a brother, annoying or not. Shields (previously paired with Meisel for I Am Really a Princess) playfully captures the sometimes intense and angry feelings children can have toward siblings, wishing a brother or sister might just disappear (or in this case, get blasted away in a makeshift spacecraft, or sold, or at least given a big shot by the vet). Meisel's comical images of a consistently sweet-smiling baby and a sometimes sardonic-faced older sibling give free rein to the protagonist's active imagination and also reassure readers that he means no true harm. Sunny scenes of infant Andy burying bones, howling at the moon and competing in a dog show are a good laugh. Ages 4-8. (June)
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PreS-Gr 2A young narrator conjures up various scenarios of what it would be like if his baby brother were a dog. Among other things, Andy could guard the house, play Frisbee, and stay in a little house "way, way out in the backyard." While the ideas are clever, the narrative is a bit understated and belabored. What saves this title are the sparkling illustrations that add life to the textseeing a baby peeing side-legged into the flowers is a lot funnier than hearing, "Just think, Andy, if you were a dog, no more stinky diapers." From the overall inventiveness of the artist's vision to the humorous details added to each page, readers will be caught up in the fantasy. Using pen-and-ink and watercolor, the artist draws scenes with a light touch that adds to a feeling of free-spirited abandonment of the rules of proper behavior. While the boy may at the end be willing to keep his brother and treat him as such, it's hard to believe his active imagination will be contained for too long. This book could well spark some creative pretending in classrooms and among individual listeners.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525454649
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/5/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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