My Big Dogby Janet Stevens, Susan Stevens Crummel
Merl the Cat's pampered life is turned upside down when a little golden retriever puppy moves into the house. Merl tells the story of how he tries his best to oust the newest member of his household. Thwarted at every turn by the ever-growing puppy, he finally comes to terms/i>/i>
A hilarious, bestselling cat-and-dog story returns as a Dragonfly paperback!
Merl the Cat's pampered life is turned upside down when a little golden retriever puppy moves into the house. Merl tells the story of how he tries his best to oust the newest member of his household. Thwarted at every turn by the ever-growing puppy, he finally comes to terms with the presence of his big dog. Hilarious illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Janet Stevens make this one story kids will ask to read again and again!
Joe Ann Hinrichs
Meet the Author
Janet Stevens won a Caldecott Honor for her humorous illustrations in Tops & Bottoms. She has illustrated many engaging and comical children’s book favorites, including And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, Epossumondas, Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!, and others. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Susan Stevens Crummel and her sister, illustrator Janet Stevens, have published a number of picture books together.
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I teach second grade. This book was WONDERFUL for making predictions based on the cover...a CAT is the one telling the story. It is also great for telling a story from someone else's point of view. The theme of friendship is strong through the book as the cat learns to love this dog. I even read it to my husband and he roared with laughter at the "attitude" of the cat in both voice and illustration. My second graders were totally captivated by the story. Would even be good for older elementary students as they can examine the story more in depth. A wonderful book..I highly suggest you add it to your library.
This book is written in first person (or maybe I should say first cat)and the co-authors have obviously owned both cats and dogs. Merl, the very special cat, conveys beautifully the quirky attitude of a cat. The illustrations are even drawn from the view of a cat or dog, as in frequently close to the ground. I liked this book so much that I've bought five copies of it, sent them to all my nieces and nephews, and kept one copy for myself. For those of you searching for a children's book that teaches something positive about relationships, this book would certainly fill that need. But I'm a cat person and I preferred to read it just for pure enjoyment. It's a 'purr-fect' book!