My Father the Dog

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Dad pretends to be human, but the kids know otherwise. Between first-thing-in-the morning scratching, fetching the paper, snacking, lying around for hours, and even the occasional pit stop behind a tree, the evidence is clear. But so are their father’s steadfast love and loyalty. Aren’t those the best things about dads and dogs alike? Elizabeth Bluemle’s amusing, affectionate text and Randy Cecil’s delightful illustrations create the ultimate tribute to proud papas everywhere - ...
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Overview

Dad pretends to be human, but the kids know otherwise. Between first-thing-in-the morning scratching, fetching the paper, snacking, lying around for hours, and even the occasional pit stop behind a tree, the evidence is clear. But so are their father’s steadfast love and loyalty. Aren’t those the best things about dads and dogs alike? Elizabeth Bluemle’s amusing, affectionate text and Randy Cecil’s delightful illustrations create the ultimate tribute to proud papas everywhere - an irresistible story readers will beg for again and again.

Dad lovers and dog lovers will both delight in this buoyantly illustrated, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the traits these two species share - and why we adore them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
My father pretends to be human, but I know he is really a dog," begins bookseller Bluemle's appealingly flippant debut. Backing up her assertion, the girl narrator explains that, like her dog, her father fetches the newspaper, likes to ride in the car with the breeze on his face, and "growls when you startle him out of a nap." A couple of manners-bending comparisons will elicit snickers from kids, as parent and pooch (discreetly) use a tree "for a quick pit stop" and the two sit on the couch looking deceptively nonchalant as the youngster notes, "When he toots, he looks around the room like someone else did it." Depicting these human and canine characters in various parallel positions, the art comically captures the similarities between man and pet. Cecil (And Here's to You!) nicely alters the pacing with oval-shaped illustrations that give way to full-bleed spreads (e.g., for "If you throw a ball, he'll chase after it," Dad and dog cover the backyard to make a catch), and his textured brushstrokes work effectively as blades of grass or as fibers on the couch. A final comment, which the girl makes while patting her father's head at bedtime, ends the book on a note at once sweet and sassy: "My father is loyal and thinks we're the best family in the world... which is good, 'cause Mom says we can keep him." Young dog lovers will lap this up. Ages 4-7. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
In this hilarious story, a young girl claims that her father is a dog living in a human form. She presents her argument with evidence. She bases her facts on her dad's activities during the day, which resemble the actions of a dog. The morning starts off with both the father and dog scratching themselves after waking up from a night's sleep. Both retrieve the morning newspaper before having breakfast. While in the car for a drive, the dog and father are enjoying the wind in their faces. The daughter even finds similarities when her dad is playing, snacking, and resting. The typical dog characteristics are transformed into what the father does, including a couple of bodily functions. The comical pictures add to the humor of the story with the dad and dog parallel in action and expression. There is a sweet ending as the day draws to a close when the daughter relates the final two traits her dad shares with a dog—faithfulness and loyalty. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In this funny picture book, a young narrator shares her unusual concern: "My father pretends to be human, but I know he is really a dog." She goes on to list the undeniable evidence: he likes a good scratch, growls when he is suddenly awakened from a nap, and when he toots, he looks around as if someone else were responsible. The illustration of the girl peeking under the dining table to see if he is begging for treats offers a clever shift in perspective. The clean, yet warm oil paintings are the perfect accompaniment to the understated and almost deadpan delivery, and they enhance the humor of this doggone good tale. It's ideal for storytimes or one-on-one sharing.-Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The title, cover and opening sentence groom readers for this waggish tale. "My father pretends to be human, but I know he is really a dog. Consider the evidence." Dad starts the day with a good scratch; fetches the newspaper; likes the windows down in the car; has used a tree for a pit stop; growls when startled out of a nap; chases a ball; loves snacks; he looks innocent when he "toots"; and thinks "we're the best family in the world." That's a good thing, " 'cause Mom says we can keep him." The comical oil illustrations juxtapose dad and dog in synchronized behavior enacting each activity as they amusingly express the subtly underplayed scenes to a T. Even the typeface is called "SoupBone." Tail-wagging hilarity that's simply doggone funny-and a perfect Father's Day gift. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763622220
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 701,002
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.13 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH BLUEMLE co-owns the Flying Pig Bookstore in Charlotte, Vermont, with stand-up comedian Josie Leavitt. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Children from Vermont College. MY FATHER THE DOG is pure fiction, she says. "This book is not based on my very own father. Honest, Dad, it’s not."

RANDY CECIL is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including WE'VE ALL GOT BELLY BUTTONS! by David Martin, AND HERE'S TO YOU! by David Elliott, and ONE IS A SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Great boook for kids to give to their dads.

    My 6 year old loves reading this with her dad, great gift idea for father's day or birthday.

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