Move Over, Rover!

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It's raining cats and dogs! Good thing Rover is snuggled safe and dry inside his doghouse--until, one by one, a soggy menagerie of creatures shows up looking for a cozy place to sit out the storm. But who's the very unwelcome surprise visitor? Skunk, of course. Suddenly that doghouse isn't quite so crowded after all!
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It's raining cats and dogs! Good thing Rover is snuggled safe and dry inside his doghouse--until, one by one, a soggy menagerie of creatures shows up looking for a cozy place to sit out the storm. But who's the very unwelcome surprise visitor? Skunk, of course. Suddenly that doghouse isn't quite so crowded after all!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ginjer L. Clarke
Building on a simple phrase, "Move over, Rover," this repeating story offers a twist by piling various backyard animals into Rover's doghouse during a rainstorm. The soft watercolor illustrations bring the wetness and movement of rain to life, and zoom in closer and closer on the scene as each animal crams in together, until the skunk arrives and the rest all scatter. The storm ends, Rover gets a chance to play, and then he retreats to his quiet doghouse, which is now empty. Kids will enjoy reading along with the rhymes that accompany each animal's entrance.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-Reminiscent of Mirra Ginsburg's Mushroom in the Rain (S & S, 1987) and Audrey Wood's The Napping House (Harcourt, 1984), this is the cumulative story of many animals all attempting to shelter from the rain in a doghouse. Children will love the hilarious ending when all of the inhabitants hastily vacate after an odiferous intruder tries to squeeze in, too. The marvelously textured watercolor-and-acrylic illustrations convey the feeling of a driving rain, the fur and feathers of the various creatures, and the joy of Rover when his house is once again his sole domain. The repetition of key phrases, the rhythmic text, and the cumulative structure of the narrative make this book an ideal read-aloud. The pictures and text evoke the cozy, warm feeling of curling up for a nap on a rainy day and the unbridled thrill of leaping out into the sun.-Tamara E. Richman, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this cumulative tale in the tradition of The Mitten and Mushroom in the Rain, a fluffy, friendly dog named Rover makes room in his doghouse for a succession of animals seeking shelter from a thunderstorm. The short, patterned text uses rhyming couplets and a cumulative refrain urging each animal in turn to squeeze into the crowded doghouse. The final arrival-a skunk-disperses the crowd, and Rover returns to his home to enjoy his solitude with all the other animals camouflaged within the surrounding scene in the final spread. Dyer's watercolors are as charming as always, drawing the reader into the action with varying perspectives to show the expanding group. She uses subtle streaks of gray and white to indicate the driving rain and just a barely opened eye to show that the sleeping animals are aware of each new addition to their refuge. The bouncy rhymes and expressive paintings complement each other well, melding into a simple but satisfying story that will fit into story hours with themes of rain, dogs, or sharing. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152019792
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 243,836
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN BEAUMONT is known for her lively and celebratory picture books, including I Like Myself! and the New York Times best-seller I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!, both illustrated by David Catrow, as well as No Sleep for the Sheep!, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic. She lives in Northern California. For more information, visit

JANE DYER has illustrated many well-loved picture books, including Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt, an ABA's Pick of the Lists and Parent's Choice Recommended Book, as well as the bestselling Time for Bed by Mem Fox. She lives with her family in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    We love Rover! Great book!

    Very cute little story as our 3 and a half year old has all the animals memorized of who needs to move over. First found in our local library and to be a purchase for our personal library.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Great book

    This book is great for babies and young kids. Tons of fun. Your kids will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    Wonderful read-aloud

    I'm a reading specialist, and I'm always looking for good read-alouds. This is TOPS! The illustrations are wonderful. I wonder if the folks who wrote the official reviews above actually read the book. The skunk didn't 'arrive' - he was there from the beginning - and careful observation of the illustrations shows that. Each group I've read the book to has enjoyed re-reading the story and studying the illustrations after they realize how the skunk plays into the story.

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