Lyle, Lyle Crocodile: Lyle Walks the Dogsby Bernard Waber
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Lyle the crocodile has a new job walking dogs. As Lyle’s excellent reputation as a dog walker spreads, the number of dogs in his charge grows—from one dog to ten! Whether they’re frisky or happy, sniffy or snappy, Lyle must get them all walking together in harmony. But never fear—Lyle's winning smile and gentle ways will always save the doggie day! Young children will enjoy walking the dogs—and counting from one to ten—with Lyle.
Praise for previous Lyle, Lyle Crocodile books: "[T]he happiest of creations by a talented and original artist." —Chicago Tribune "America’s favorite reptile." —Booklist
Meet the Author
Bernard Waber was the beloved author/illustrator of more than thirty picture books, including Courage, Ira Sleeps Over, and Do You See a Mouse? With the publication of The House on East 88th Street in 1962, his Lyle, Lyle Crocodile series of books became a mainstay of children's literature. A Literary Landmark plaque commemorating the adventures of this endearing New York City reptile can now be found on East 88th Street and Bernard Waber's artwork is the subject of a traveling retrospective exhibit, curated by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. You can learn more about him at www.bernardwaber.com.
Paulis Waber is the daughter of Bernard Waber. The first Lyle the Crocodile book, The House on East 88th Street, was dedicated to her. Paulis Waber lives with her husband and three children in Washington, DC.
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It's a simple picture book with a vocabulary that is not too taxing for my six year old kindergardner. The main idea of the story is that Lyle starts a new job as a dog walker -- apparently there is such a profession in Manhattan (a character in Woody Allen's latest movie Whatever Works also got a job as a dog walker in Manhattan as well); here in Grand Forks, North Dakota I think you would starve if you tried to to earn a living as a dog walker. Lyle starts with one dog and keeps adding new dogs, one at a time, until he gets to ten. Each dog has a name and a particular personality trait that is usually associated with that name. For instance, one dog is named Frisky. As Lyle gets closer to having ten dogs, it gets harder and harder to keep the dogs going -- some dogs want to go fast and some want to stop and smell the flowers -- they are dogs, after all. But, as can be expected, all turns out well in the end. My daughter has asked to read this book several times. She does like it a lot.