Ivan the Terrier

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Overview

Ivan loves a good story.

Like that one about the three bears or those three gruff billy goats.

Where else can a dog find such

playmates

action

fun...

or a cookie?

Ivan's own good story lands him just ...

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Overview

Ivan loves a good story.

Like that one about the three bears or those three gruff billy goats.

Where else can a dog find such

playmates

action

fun...

or a cookie?

Ivan's own good story lands him just where he loves to be.

In your lap.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
A high-spirited terrier creates mayhem in the fairy-tale world as an unseen narrator tries to tell a series of bedtime stories. "Once upon a time there were three billy goats named Gruff," the narrator begins, but stops short when Ivan bursts onto the scene with an enthusiastic "Arf! Arf! Arf!" After chasing away the goats, he moves on to disrupt the lives of the three bears, the three little pigs, and the gingerbread boy. The noisy pup sneaks into each story, refusing to calm down despite the narrator's increasingly strident admonitions. At last, the storyteller gives up and in one final effort intones, "There once was a little dog named Ivan." But the terrier wanders away to fall asleep in his doggie bed, probably worn out from all of his mischief. The watercolor and gouache paintings add to the humor of this imaginative story, which is presented in large, readable type. Serene, light-filled pictures of the storybook figures with the approaching terrier in the background are followed by scenes of pandemonium in which the excitable pup joyously barks with all his might as the other characters flee. The startled reactions of the fairy-tale denizens and Ivan's expressive countenance will make readers chuckle and chortle with delight.
—Linda L. WalkinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
In a sort of Three Pigs lite, a Jack Russell terrier makes mincemeat out of four familiar folk tales as its ever-more-exasperated owner tries to tell them. So, a bucolic countryside scene reveals three goats grazing as the narration reads, "Once upon a time there were three Billy goats named Gruff." With a turn of the page, a little dynamo of a dog emerges, barking furiously at the surprised goats while the narrator desperately tries to get him to mind: "Ivan! You naughty dog! You're ruining the story!" Ivan does the same to "The Three Bears," "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Gingerbread Boy," before the narrator gives up and focuses all attention on him-only to be ignored in favor of a nap. Catalanotto uses both keen understanding of terrier behavior and design to deliver the humor, full-bleed spreads giving way to more and more white space as Ivan intrudes and drives both characters and stories away from the page. It's something of a one-note joke, however successful, and serves more as a primer for the Wiesner masterpiece than a companion-but there's nothing wrong with that. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416912477
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
  • Publication date: 9/18/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 535,248
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Catalanotto has written fifteen books for children, including Monkey & Robot, Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All, Ivan the Terrier, Matthew A.B.C., and Emily’s Art, of which School Library Journal said in a starred review, “Whether viewed from afar or up close, this creative and heartfelt book is a masterpiece.” Peter has illustrated more than forty books, among them several collaborations with George Ella Lyon. Their Mother to Tigers received a starred review in School Library Journal and was one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2003. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Peter Catalanotto has written fifteen books for children, including Monkey & Robot, Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All, Ivan the Terrier, Matthew A.B.C., and Emily’s Art, of which School Library Journal said in a starred review, “Whether viewed from afar or up close, this creative and heartfelt book is a masterpiece.” Peter has illustrated more than forty books, among them several collaborations with George Ella Lyon. Their Mother to Tigers received a starred review in School Library Journal and was one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2003. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

    Ivan is a great read aloud.

    I am a preschool teacher and a visiting reader brought Ivan with him to share with us. We loved the book so much he read it 3 times in a row! I bought myself a copy and told our school librarian she should also buy it for our library.
    Ivan is a funny little dog who interrupts many different fairy tales in order to get attention from his story telling owner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    Silly Dog

    My son loves stories about dogs and this one is a keeper. It is fun for the both of us. I wish the author would write some more.

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