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Nothing But a Dog [NOOK Book]

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?Once it starts?the longing for a dog?there is no cure for it.? Not checkers or kites or furry boots with zippers; not playing the trumpet or sharing movie popcorn with your friend; nothing can stop the longing for a dog. . . . Nothing?but a dog! With lyrical text and art that ranges from bright and colorful to subtle and dreamy, this book perfectly captures one little girl's yearning for a barking, bounding best friend. Readers young and old will recognize themselves in this emotionally satisfying, universal story of childhood longing and canine ...
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Overview

?Once it starts?the longing for a dog?there is no cure for it.? Not checkers or kites or furry boots with zippers; not playing the trumpet or sharing movie popcorn with your friend; nothing can stop the longing for a dog. . . . Nothing?but a dog! With lyrical text and art that ranges from bright and colorful to subtle and dreamy, this book perfectly captures one little girl's yearning for a barking, bounding best friend. Readers young and old will recognize themselves in this emotionally satisfying, universal story of childhood longing and canine companionship.




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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The desire for a dog is a common theme, and Katz's (The Monsterologist) story concerns a girl whose longing for one pervades every waking moment. An afternoon of kite flying might be a success, but then “you feel the wind in your hand—it starts up—that kind of sad, achy feeling of if you only had a dog.” Despite a light touch with the particulars (“there is no real cure for it. Not learning to play the trumpet. Or being vice president of the Tree Climbers Club”), it gets repetitive. Manning's (Cat Nights) paintings picture the girl with large, expressive eyes and a life full of absorbing activities and friends. It's hard not to come away with a sense of the narrator as curiously oblivious to the many blessings her life contains—boots with “zippers and all soft fur inside,” her “very own workbench with real tools,” and her lamentations about the one thing she doesn't have may make some readers (especially dogless ones) wince. When the dog finally shows up on the final page, it isn't a minute too soon. Ages 5–8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A young girl wishes for a dog while she engages in everyday activities, exclaiming that once the longing for a pup sets in, nothing stops it. Each page gives examples of other kinds of fun, such as learning to play the trumpet, enjoying movies, and swimming with friends, but "a dog is something else." Subtle images of canines appear in the delightful watercolor illustrations, indicating that the child's longing is always present. Four spreads in shades of blue and white portray how the girl would treasure such a pet. This is a nice, feel-good picture book with a not-too-surprising ending. While the text could be a bit confusing because of the long, incomplete sentences, this is a sweet addition to the child/pet genre.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY
Kirkus Reviews
An unnamed little girl describes her very pleasant life, which is full of nice activities yet still empty due to her unfulfilled longing for a dog. The girl cycles through her hobbies and outdoor play in different locations and seasons, with illustrations in full color, before she shifts into imaginary mode with a dog of her own. These pages show what she would do with her longed-for pet, with the illustrations in moody shades of blue to indicate her day-dreaming state. The last two spreads revert to full-color and reality as the girl is presented with the dog of her dreams by her doting parents. Why the girl receives the dog is not clear, so the conclusion falls a little flat while being completely predictable. The girl comes across as spoiled with her dog-mania, and her failure to solve the central plot issue on her own does nothing to develop her character. Manning's watercolor illustrations provide a distinct personality and genuine emotions for the girl as well as a perky canine companion, but they cannot save the narrative as a whole. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101642955
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/4/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Bobbi Katz is a well-known poet and anthologist, as well as a longtime children's book editor. She lives in Port Ewen, New York.

Jane Manning has illustrated numerous books for children, including the national bestseller The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches, by Alice Low. She lives in Deep River, Connecticut.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Something more than a dog within Nothing But a Dog

    Although Nothing But a Dog is a children's book, its audience is much wider. If you have ever really wanted, wished and begged for a dog this book is for you. In this vibrant picture book, Bobbi Katz artfully captures the internal pang that comes from a child's deep yearning for a loving pet. Wistful text and colorful illustrations come together for a happy ending and a celebration of wishes come true. As a second grade teacher and mother of a dog-adoring daughter, I think this book is a winner. Nothing But a Dog is a "must-have" for dog-lovers of all ages and a great gift for those who are anticipating the arrival of a puppy.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

    Strikes a perfect chord.

    Every time I revisit this book, I am moved all over again. The balance between Katz's words and Manning's imagery is sublime: so expressive, pitch-perfect, and deeply felt. This book will help readers connect with their desires, offering valuable time for reflection and the experience of early appreciation and gratitude for the time when dreams are fulfilled.

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