Overview

Rocky Dachshund is back in an all-new first experience story from bestselling author Alan Katz and illustrator Pascal Lemaitre. This time, Rocky just won’t share! On the playground, he hogs the swings. He never passes the basketball during the game, and in art class he wants all the crayons and all the markers! Young readers are sure to giggle as this “me, mine” barker learns the importance of sharing in this humorous follow-up to Let’s Get a Checkup!
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Overview

Rocky Dachshund is back in an all-new first experience story from bestselling author Alan Katz and illustrator Pascal Lemaitre. This time, Rocky just won’t share! On the playground, he hogs the swings. He never passes the basketball during the game, and in art class he wants all the crayons and all the markers! Young readers are sure to giggle as this “me, mine” barker learns the importance of sharing in this humorous follow-up to Let’s Get a Checkup!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rocky Dachshund, who first appeared in Let's Get a Checkup! (2010), isn't a bad pup, but he won't share. He takes all of the crayons and markers from his classmates, won't pass the basketball, and has taken over the room he shares with his brother. He even hogs a full page of the book: "Can't you see?/ This book's for me!/ 'cause I don't care!/ I just won't share!" But the tables must turn: "It happened when his mom said ‘Chores!/ The dishes, laundry, sweeping—yours!'" Though Rocky's singsong selfishness make his bad behavior seem more comical than anything, the message still comes through. Ages 4–6. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
Bossy Rocky Dachshund refuses to share when he plays. This demanding dog demonstrates he's not a team player at school or at play. His poor manners extend to his home as he bullies his brother, forced to share his room with only a corner of its contents ("just one inch," to be exact). When called to be generous, Rocky flaunts his selfishness with a whiny taunt. "Can't you see? / It's all for me / 'Cause I don't care! / I just won't share!" In a humorous twist, the hound's sense of entitlement reaches new heights when Rocky demands control over the written word. "When Rocky heard about this book / he said ‘It's mine, and you can't look!' / In fact, dear friend, you've him to thank-- / he made us leave the next page blank." His mama corrects his behavior for good when she allows him ownership over all the chores, resulting in a change of heart. Didacticism aside, there's far too much text in each spread and busyness to the images to get the message across to the board-book audience. Expanded to a 32-page picture book and writ with a lighter hand, it might work; as it is, it's a bust. (Board book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442435124
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 16
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Alan Katz is the author of many seriously silly books for children, including the bestselling Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, illustrated by David Catrow. Alan lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with his journalist wife, Rose, and their four children. He can also be found at alankatzbooks.com.

Pascal Lemaitre illustrated Toni and Slade Morrison's bestselling Who's Got Game?: Three Fables, as well as many other books for children. He and his family divide their time between Brussels, Belgium, where he teaches illustration, and Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at PascalLemaitre.com.

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