Loose Leashes

Loose Leashes

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by Amy Schmidt
     
 

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Sixteen kid-friendly rhymes accompany funny photographic portraits of dogs in this delightful picture book. A salty dog’s lament of traveling the world is perfectly captured in ballad form; a finicky Yorkie expresses her bathing preferences in common meter; while a Paul Bunyan-esque golden lab celebrates the outdoors in haiku form. This collection of canine…  See more details below

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Sixteen kid-friendly rhymes accompany funny photographic portraits of dogs in this delightful picture book. A salty dog’s lament of traveling the world is perfectly captured in ballad form; a finicky Yorkie expresses her bathing preferences in common meter; while a Paul Bunyan-esque golden lab celebrates the outdoors in haiku form. This collection of canine poems and photos will enchant dog lovers of all ages.

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Publishers Weekly

Dogs do the darnedest things in this collection of poem and photo tributes. They turn the bathroom sink into a home spa ("I Will Not Go to the Groomer"), overcome fears ("Learning to Swim") and take the great American road trip (the title poem). Ron Schmidt's photography won't make William Wegman nervous; he doesn't push his subjects much beyond cute anthropomorphizing (a greyhound wearing Harry Potter-style glasses perches atop a stack of books), although he does produce a couple of marvels: a Weimaraner with all four paws seemingly tricked out in ice skates poses alone on a frozen pond; and a pair of Labs rows a boat, oars gripped in their mouths. Amy Schmidt's poems are more notable for their variety than for their wit or use of language: the genres include free verse, limerick, rollicking ballad and even haiku: "Out among the pines/ A laberjack spends his day./ Timber!/ A tree falls." Ages 3-8. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature - Miriam Chernick
Kids who love dogs will have fun with these 16 poems and their accompanying portrait photos. The poems include a variety of breeds, from pugs to greyhounds, and poetic forms, from Haiku to common meter, each depicting a dog and what they do when they're "off leash." Whether driving, rowing, skating or surfing, these dogs have distinct personalities that are brought out by the poems. The humorous tone will have readers turning the pages, straight through to the end where there's a glossary of clever "furry facts" relating the dogs' "Favorite song," Dream job," "Pet peeve," and "Secret Fact." The photographs complement the poems nicely, providing appropriate faces to go with the dog "voices." Whether as a read-aloud or for kids reading on their own, these simple poems are sure to please. Reviewer: Miriam Chernick
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

This brief collection pairs 16 simple poems with full-color photographs of dogs wearing clothes, hats, and glasses, and posed in various human activities such as driving a toy car or blowing a large pink chewing-gum bubble. The critters are cute, though some also look uncomfortable, such as the pooch posed shakily atop two pair of ice skates on a frozen pond. The poems are unmemorable, including the title selection: "My leash was loose,/So now I'm off/To see the world,/Out on my own./Down country roads/And city streets,/In my red car,/Free and alone./Armed with my map,/I'm going far-/Just need to learn to drive this car." An appended spread of "Furry Facts" elaborates on each featured canine's character, including favorite songs and pet peeves.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

Kirkus Reviews
From a Boston terrier blowing a giant pink bubble to a solemn Weimaraner on artfully placed ice skates, this picture book plays sometimes amusing games with illustrations and viewers' minds. Each full-page photograph of a dog (or two) is accompanied by a brief poem. An Italian greyhound poses on a stack of books, his eyes enormously magnified by oversized eyeglasses ("There once was a dog that could read / With amazing page-turning speed"); a Labrador retriever lugs an axe, a spruce strapped to his back ("Out among the pines / A laberjack spends his day. / Timber! A tree falls"). The poems are followed by two pages of "Furry Facts," brief, fan-magazine-style bios of the animals with their favorite songs, pet peeves, etc. For example, the bespectacled Monte "once took a class to become a Seeing Eye dog." The result is unbridled preciosity. For those who find hilarity in anthropomorphism this may be a desirable read, but it is difficult to see any need to add it to any but the largest poetry collections. (Poetry. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385386883
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/26/2014
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Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
20 MB
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Meet the Author

Amy Schmidt has been writing children’s poetry and short stories for several years.

Ron Schmidt studied photography in college and worked with several high fashion and celebrity photographers before opening his own studio.

Ron and Amy live in the Northeast with their two children, Rory and Tess, and their gigantic white dog. They enjoy spending time with their family and advocating for animal welfare and literacy causes.

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