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Nobody's Diggier Than A Dog
     

Nobody's Diggier Than A Dog

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Beppe Giacobbe (Illustrator)
 

Nobody's waggier than a dog - a meet-'n'-greet, belly-up, rub-a-dub dog. Often words cannot describe man's best friend, so sometimes you've got to break the rules! Susan Campbell Bartoletti unleashes a whole new pack of adjectives in this howling ode to the hound dog. Together, with Beppe Giacobbe's feist-y art, Bartoletti re-domesticates the dictionary and

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Nobody's waggier than a dog - a meet-'n'-greet, belly-up, rub-a-dub dog. Often words cannot describe man's best friend, so sometimes you've got to break the rules! Susan Campbell Bartoletti unleashes a whole new pack of adjectives in this howling ode to the hound dog. Together, with Beppe Giacobbe's feist-y art, Bartoletti re-domesticates the dictionary and revolutionizes the way pets are portrayed, in a list poem wordsmiths and dog devotees will sit up and beg for.

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Publishers Weekly
Dog fanciers, especially, will find much to love in this offbeat and energetic paean to man's best friend, the latest collaboration from the team behind Nobody's Nosier Than a Cat. For anyone in search of an adjective to describe canines' quirky, annoying and loveable behaviors, this book is the source. "Nobody's/ diggier/ than a dog-/ a bury-the-bone dog,/ a shake-a-paw dog," the narrative begins. And a pooch's pigginess is summed up by "a dribble-drool,/ toilet-drink,/ breathy-stink dog." But at the end of the day, "Nobody's cuddlier than a dog-/ a wraparound, lap-hugger,/ bed-snuggler dog." With a seemingly endless (in a good way) supply of jaunty verses, Bartoletti expresses a keen insight into dogdom. Giacobbe has a tail-wagging good time illustrating the action, giving all manner of pedigree pups and mutts a fair shake in his artwork (a repentant pug as "a chew-the-shoe dog,/ a What'd-I-do? dog" is especially winning). The stylized blend of painting and digital manipulation creates scenes saturated with crisp swaths of color-bright green hillsides or creamy-brown wooden floors. The action often takes place at dog's eye-level, too, so lots of human shoes, legs and knees pepper the pages. And readers can enjoy a simultaneous shaggy-dog tale-starring a brown dachshund, a black cat and a dogcatcher-depicted visually in the background throughout. Ages 3-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This poetic, rhythmic writing has a beatnik flavor that young readers will have a ball with. Author Bartoletti breaks language rules left and right while at the same time effectively describing the many characteristics of dogs. And she doesn't let the reader off easy while doing it, either. By creating her own adjectives that gracefully fall into poetry, Bartoletti makes readers think about the words she's using and how they play within sentences to give a breath of fresh air to traditional structures. Even the fonts have a sense of their own being, standing out and yet complementing the writing by adding a fun tone. On the layer beneath the text, creative background art carries its own story as the diggiest dog eludes a dogcatcher. The vibrant color scheme supports the moods of the illustrated dogs, bringing every visual element together that will attract young readers to this book again and again. 2005, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 3 to 6.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Bouncy, alliterative phrases describe the characteristics of all kinds of canines in this humorous ode to man's best friend: "Nobody's/diggier/than a dog-/a bury-the-bone dog,/a shake-a-paw dog." Or "Nobody's/mightier/than a dog-/a ruff-'n'-tumble dog,/a guard-the-yard dog." The short verses are just right for sharing aloud with young children and easy enough for beginning readers to handle on their own. The paintings tell their own story as a dachshund chases a black cat through each of the single- and double-page scenes. This pooch is pursued by a dogcatcher, sought after by its young owner, and finally reunited with the boy at the end of the book. Done in flat colors, the cartoon artwork features many different breeds engaged in a variety of activities, from playing fetch, to rolling in the mud, to riding on a fire truck. The action-packed illustrations are as exuberant as the text. A lively and engaging picture book for young dog lovers.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bartoletti and Giacobbe collaborate again in this lively sequel to Nobody's Nosier Than a Cat (2003) and in fact, the starring cat from that work plays a supporting role as feline foil in the sequel. Each spread introduces a different dog engaged in a characteristic canine behavior, with a short, structured text that strings together descriptive vocabulary in a lighthearted and novel way. As Bartoletti introduces these dogs one by one, another story is taking place in the background as the brown hound dog shown on the cover chases the black cat all over town. The dog catcher chases and finally captures the hound dog, leading to a reunion with the dog's young owner in a satisfying conclusion. Bartoletti's bouncy, poetic text is well matched with Giacobbe's playful pooches, complemented by creative text placement and varying fonts that match the cavorting canine conduct. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786818242
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
01/19/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 18 Years

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