My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits

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How do you draw your smelly dog? Your playful daddy? Your yummy mommy? See how one girl does it in this simple, clever picture book that's comprised of family portraits made out of objects. For example, her baby brother is so noisy—he's as loud as a whistle, a horn, and even a fire truck!—that she creates a picture of him with whistles for eyes, a horn mouth, and holding a fire truck. After the girl has described everyone in her family (including herself, in great detail), she asks, "What does your special family...

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My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits

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How do you draw your smelly dog? Your playful daddy? Your yummy mommy? See how one girl does it in this simple, clever picture book that's comprised of family portraits made out of objects. For example, her baby brother is so noisy—he's as loud as a whistle, a horn, and even a fire truck!—that she creates a picture of him with whistles for eyes, a horn mouth, and holding a fire truck. After the girl has described everyone in her family (including herself, in great detail), she asks, "What does your special family look like?" encouraging readers to create their own portraits. With a list of objects at the end of the book to use as a guide, this is the ideal choice for budding artists everywhere.

Here's a wonderful exploration of simile and metaphor for young readers. And don't miss the companion book My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil!

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Gr 2-4
Filled with plays on words and similes, this delightful offering will encourage children's creativity. The narrator makes a line drawing of her family but explains that it doesn't do them justice. "And what about this drawing of my mom? Sorry, but it doesn't tell the whole story. My mommy is as soft as the softest FLUFF and as bright as the brightest LIGHT." This section ends, "That's my yummy mommy!" The gouache-and-watercolor illustrations are embellished with glued-on objects like a lightbulb for a nose, a croissant for a mouth, and a boa for hair, in this case on Mom. The pictures support the text and add to the subtext. The book ends with an invitation to readers to create images of their families. Younger children will enjoy the story, but older kids will love the nuances, the opportunity for individuality, and the challenge of portraying their own relatives in this style. An author's note describes a workshop that Piven conducted for children hospitalized with cancer; their wonderful creations adorn the endpapers.
—Linda M. KentonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Pairing similes both verbal and visual, a child characterizes each member of her family-"My daddy is as jumpy as a SPRING and as playful as a SPINNING TOP. He is as fun as a PARTY FAVOR. But sometimes he's as stubborn as a KNOT in a ROPE"-then presents a paint-and-collage portrait in which each named object is incorporated as a facial or other feature. Freer of the strained cleverness that hobbles his What Presidents Are Made Of (2004) and What Athletes Are Made Of (2006), this is more likely to draw a young audience, and Piven includes both starter lists ("Things that say ‘smart': ruler, numbers, owl") and endpaper galleries of examples as enticements for children to create portraits of their own. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375940521
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/8/2007
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.71 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Hanoch Piven is the illustrator of several children's books, including My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil and What Presidents Are Made Of, a Child Magazine Best Book and an ABA Kids' Pick of the List. He also illustrates for a number of publications, including Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. He lives in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    Teachers! This book is great for teaching figurative language!

    I used this book to help second graders use similes in their writing. It's excellent!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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