My Dog Jack Is Fat

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Carson gets fatter as his dog gets thinner from diet and exercise

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Carson gets fatter as his dog gets thinner from diet and exercise

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Publishers Weekly
When Carson takes his dog, Jack, to the vet, she informs them that Jack is too fat: "He needs less food and no snacks!" as well as a lot more exercise. Jack expresses his skepticism via thought bubble ("Fat chance"), though Carson dutifully starts Jack on a diet and exercise regimen. But Carson isn't practicing what he preaches: while Jack plays fetch, runs up stairs, and visits the gym, Carson is wolfing down junk food and lazing around. Throughout, readers are privy to Jack's snarky retorts: "You've got spaghetti sauce all over your face, pal," he tells Carson, who won't share his enormous dinner. A return visit to the vet means kudos for Jack—but not for Carson, who now needs help from Jack in the weight-loss department. Rex has a lot of fun with the details in his cartoon illustrations (Carson sits in the grass eating fried chicken and drinking soda while "playing" fetch with Jack), and the dog's-eye-view perspective (and Jack's evident sense of humor) help make a potentially heavy-handed message about child obesity easier to swallow. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
In this brightly colored picture book, Carson takes his dog Jack to the vet and learns that Jack has gained weight. The vet recommends that Jack get more exercise and less food. Carson takes her advice to heart and starts by throwing balls for Jack and refusing to give him snacks, while Jack offers his complaints and comments in thought bubbles. Meanwhile, Carson is stuffing his own face, as it makes him hungry to watch Jack work out. The two go to the doggy park, the gym, and the beach together, and while Jack is dashing about, Carson lounges and continues to munch away. A month later, they go back to the vet, where a newly trim Jack gets complimented. Carson, however, gets a tactful suggestion to lose some weight himself, and boy and dog head off to exercise together. This upbeat read-aloud, with its cheerful illustrations and touches of humor in the form of Jack's smart-alecky comments, would provide a gentle, unthreatening way to raise the topics of exercise and healthy eating with preschoolers and kindergarteners. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—When the vet tells Carson that his dog needs to lose weight, neither the boy nor his pet is happy. But they set to work, and before long Jack's changes in diet and exercise start paying off. Unfortunately, Carson supervises all of the pup's hard work while lolling around and eating junk food, with predictable results. Can he bear to hear some hard news about himself? This appealing take on a common problem has understated, smooth writing and colorful, digitally rendered cartoons enlivened by Rex's characteristic humor. While both author and illustrator have done better work in books not as message-driven as this, many libraries will find this title a useful addition.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

Good intentions don't compensate for a heavy-handed approach in this latest effort to teach kids about the perils of obesity. Bunting's brief text plays out primarily in simple declarative sentences that appear as dialogue, thought balloons and the occasional description of straightforward action. When freckle-faced Carson takes his dog to the vet, she points out that Jack is too heavy and prescribes more exercise and less food. For some inexplicable reason, while Jack slims down, Carson bulks up on pizza, soda pop and the like, so that by the end of the month he's the one in need of intervention. Rex's flat, cartoon-style illustrations emphasize the blunt, unadorned style of the text but do little to flesh out the cardboard characters. Bright colors and whimsical details, such as Carson's bone-patterned shirt or Jack's ridiculous romp on a treadmill, do add some visual humor but not enough to lighten the overall effect. Carson's sad self-examination as he's dressed only in tighty-whiteys seems decidedly overdone, while his wordless conversion to a bike-riding calorie burner on the final page belies the truth suggested in earlier illustrations—that fast food bears much of the blame for the current epidemic of obesity. Skip this didactic drivel and skip rope instead. (Picture book. 4-7)

Kirkus Reviews

Good intentions don't compensate for a heavy-handed approach in this latest effort to teach kids about the perils of obesity. Bunting's brief text plays out primarily in simple declarative sentences that appear as dialogue, thought balloons and the occasional description of straightforward action. When freckle-faced Carson takes his dog to the vet, she points out that Jack is too heavy and prescribes more exercise and less food. For some inexplicable reason, while Jack slims down, Carson bulks up on pizza, soda pop and the like, so that by the end of the month he's the one in need of intervention. Rex's flat, cartoon-style illustrations emphasize the blunt, unadorned style of the text but do little to flesh out the cardboard characters. Bright colors and whimsical details, such as Carson's bone-patterned shirt or Jack's ridiculous romp on a treadmill, do add some visual humor but not enough to lighten the overall effect. Carson's sad self-examination as he's dressed only in tighty-whiteys seems decidedly overdone, while his wordless conversion to a bike-riding calorie burner on the final page belies the truth suggested in earlier illustrations—that fast food bears much of the blame for the current epidemic of obesity. Skip this didactic drivel and skip rope instead. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761458098
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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