Just Dog

Just Dog

by Hiawyn Oram, Lisa Flather
     
 
Dog was a dog and that's what everyone called him--Dog. Just...Dog.

But Dog is sure he deserves a more exciting name, and he sets out to prove it, much to the amusement of a cat named Midnight. In this warm and reassuring story, Dog reminds us all of the importance of being happy with who we are.

Overview

Dog was a dog and that's what everyone called him--Dog. Just...Dog.

But Dog is sure he deserves a more exciting name, and he sets out to prove it, much to the amusement of a cat named Midnight. In this warm and reassuring story, Dog reminds us all of the importance of being happy with who we are.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Dog was a dog and that's what everyone called him. Dog. Just Dog." So starts Oram's (Badger's Bad Mood) story of a pooch who longs for a "proper name." After all, as he complains to Midnight the cat, "Dog" is "just something that says I'm not a cat." Such spry lines give this brief tale its understated humor. Dog attempts to acquire a stronger-sounding moniker via his actions (perhaps, he reasons, if he digs up the lawn, they'll call him Digger), but these backfire (" `Bad Dog!' was all they said"). Plan two involves being a model dog--tidying up the garden, fetching slippers and collecting newspapers, etc. This plan does work, but the flowery names his owners propose--Sweetheart, Honeybun, Sugarpops--make him realize that "Just Dog" suits him just fine. Pointedly, Dog's owners remain nameless throughout the story; Oram refers to them simply as "everyone" or "they." The humans stay out of sight (save a hand on a doorknob) in the illustrations as well. These are cleverly conceived: snapshots capture Dog in his moments of good behavior ("Very touching!" reads the caption for a view of the dog posing peacefully with a hen and chicks). The execution, however, is only ho-hum, with colors that run toward dreary and a visual rhythm that does not vary. Ages 2-6. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Pres-Gr 2-Dog is a dog without a name; he is just called "Dog." After seeking the advice of Midnight the cat, he comes up with a plan to perform all sorts of tasks so that his owners will find a more appropriate moniker. He vows to keep digging in the garden until they call him Digger, but they only call him, "Bad Dog." He chases bicycles hoping to become Swiftfoot or Lionheart, but all they say is, "Oh Dog." When he fetches everyone's slippers and doesn't bark at the neighbor's chickens, his family decides, to his horror, to give him a "good dog's name," such as Sweetheart, Honeybun, or Angel Eyes. Suddenly, the name Dog seems just fine. Young readers will get the joke and enjoy the lively text. The cartoon illustrations capture the pup's expressions and movements, from digging in the mud to rolling around on the rug. A fun lesson in self-esteem.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811822473
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 10.04(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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