It's Hard to Read a Map with a Beagle on Your Lap

It's Hard to Read a Map with a Beagle on Your Lap

by Marilyn Singer, Clement Oubrerie
     
 

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A collection of poems about picky Pekingese, madcap mongrels, and other crazy canines. "The tilted investigation of the doggy world has a giggle-provoking appeal." —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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A collection of poems about picky Pekingese, madcap mongrels, and other crazy canines. "The tilted investigation of the doggy world has a giggle-provoking appeal." —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This unfocused volume celebrates dogs of all shapes and sizes with limericks, rhyming couplets and other sing-song verses. The title phrase, which constitutes an entire poem (and the sole reference to a beagle), serves as the jumping-off point for mini-odes to such breeds as the ``Mexican hairless'' (``The time you save not cleaning hair / Will let you knit her underwear''). Singer's ( Chester the Out-of-Work Dog ) overabundant, frivolous rhymes, unified only by their doggy theme, neither follow a story line nor stand as solid components of a collection. Oubrerie's ( The Kooken ) pen-and-ink sketches of recognizable but soulless canine types coexist with exaggerated, crocodile-mouthed cartoon dogs; his highly colored illustrations suffer from the same disjointedness that afflicts Singer's refrains. Although the authors show a willingness to experiment, their fluctuating styles--paralleled by varying typefaces--produce little more than cacophony. Ages 6-9. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- Singer follows her wonderful Turtle in July (Macmillan, 1989) with a joyous romp through the canine world. In limericks (``There once was a young weimaraner/Who frequently ate at a diner''), verse (``Dogs like to stop at hydrants/They like to stop at trees/They like to lean out windows/And catch a little breeze''), and rhythmic combinations (on ears: ``Floppy/Sloppy/Standing High''), the essence of dogdom is celebrated. The author's humor is matched by Oubrerie's playful, stylized drawings. Poems run in circles, stretch across pages, and appear in inserts. This is a rare book of poetry, one in which the subject matter is interpreted perfectly in text, art, and design. A book to chase down, leash, and own. --Kathleen Whalin, Belfast Public Library, ME

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805050301
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
03/15/1997
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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