When one pup’s up, the other nine are sure to follow! Young readers will love counting along as ten pups gradually wake up to nuzzle, wiggle, dine, and play. Count back down as the puppies fall asleep again, all in a fuzzy doggy jumble. This fun and simple counting book combines Marsha Wilson Chall’s energetic text with beloved illustrator Henry Cole’s adorable art to make a perfect read-aloud treat.
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When one pup’s up, the other nine are sure to follow! Young readers will love counting along as ten pups gradually wake up to nuzzle, wiggle, dine, and play. Count back down as the puppies fall asleep again, all in a fuzzy doggy jumble. This fun and simple counting book combines Marsha Wilson Chall’s energetic text with beloved illustrator Henry Cole’s adorable art to make a perfect read-aloud treat.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Equally peppy words and pictures introduce an active litter of 10 puppies. As this counting tale opens, most snuggle with their mother, fast asleep, but "1 pup's up," and its siblings soon awaken and spring into action. The cadence of Chall's (Prairie Train) verse is as playful as the pups, as is her choice of alliterative, tongue-tripping words: "4 pups drink./ 5 puppies huddle./ 6 puppies piddle in the middle of the muddle." Cole's (Big Chickens Fly the Coop) soft watercolor and ink pictures transmit an array of recognizable puppy emotions, from their curiosity about the world around them to their mournful eyes as they "nudge" their owner for dinner. After they devour their meal, a countdown to bedtime begins ("4 pups nuzzle./ 3 puppies rest./ 2 puppies curl in a puppy muzzle nest"). The story loops full circle as the exhausted pooches sleep... until one wakes up. With its lively tone and large-scale art that, thanks to ample white space, focuses exclusively on the dogs, this is a winning choice for reading aloud at story hour or lap time. Ages 1-4. (June)
Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
All the pups in a litter of ten are sleeping except for one pup that's up in this easy reader picture book about numbers. Soon after, two pups get up and tumble about, followed by three more that roll and play. Then four pups are up, drinking water, followed by five, six, seven, and then eight running pups chasing after a ball. Finally all ten pups are awake and shown playing on a two-page spread. The rhyming text and adorable and different colored pups doing what pups do will delight young children. In addition, parents will enjoy the educational aspect of helping their children learn the numbers one to ten. The book continues on after the ten pups have shared five bowls of food, two to a bowl, but still want more food from their owner. The author and illustrator then begin a clever reverse countdown of pups from ten pups nudging for more food to nine, then eight pups begging for more yummy puppy kibble, to seven, six, and five, when Mom finally comes to clean them. Four pups nuzzle and three rest while two curl in a puppy nuzzle nest. Finally the last or first pup falls asleep, but not for long because he soon awakes and the reader is back to the beginning of the book: one pup's up....The numbers and text are large and in black against background colors of light blue and white which make them pop. Although there are many good number picture books available, Chall has written a book that will attract a readership of preschool children, early readers, parents, and teachers. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Starting with a picture of a sleepy-looking mother dog and her litter, with one youngster sneaking off, and the words "1 pup's up," the text counts the dogs up to 10 and back again. Their day includes everything from "6 puppies piddle…" to "7 pups pounce./8 puppies chase./9 puppies bounce/in a pudgy puppy race." The rhyming text is short and effective. It scans well, and, while not outstanding, reads aloud smoothly, and captures the essence of puppyhood. Cole's engaging watercolor and ink artwork captures little tails as they poke up, and nearly every pup is distinctive: some are solid black, brown, tan, or white, while others sport spots in differing colors and patterns. The pages vary in layout from spot art to full-bleed spreads, imbuing the book with motion and personality. The animals joyfully romp and play, and little listeners are sure to enjoy counting them and finding favorites. And therein lies the problem. As the numbers increase, the puppies get harder to count. By 10, two of them are nearly off the page, with one only a nose and paws and the other a tail and ears. It seems likely that preschoolers will have difficulty with this. That caveat aside, the book is sure to be popular. An additional purchase where more counting books are needed.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Kirkus Reviews
When one pup wakes up, the rest are sure to follow. "2 puppies tumble. / 3 puppies roll / in a fuzzy puppy jumble," and on up to ten. After a meal "in the Line-'em-up Cafe," the countdown begins till "[t]he last pup sags. / All the puppies sleep. / No pups awake / in the furry puppy heap." Cole's watercolor-and-ink cartoons present a cheerfully motley assemblage of floppy-eared, short-legged, chubby-bellied puppies in a mix of solids and spots. They run, wrestle and munch with an abandon dog lovers will recognize and appreciate. Chall's text romps as energetically as this mixed-breed litter, with a rhythm and verve that practically reads itself. It's sure to be a read-aloud hit, and the author has considerately provided a natural resting place in the verse to give audiences time to crack up over "6 puppies piddle in the middle of the muddle" (the illustration shows the puppies sniffing a fire hydrant with interest). Almost as much fun as a real puppy, with none of the mess. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442439573
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Lexile: AD420L (what's this?)
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Marsha Wilson Chall is the author of such books as One Pup's Up, illustrated by Henry Cole; Up North at the Cabin, illustrated by Steve Johnson; and Sagebrush Spring, illustrated by Jim Daly. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, dog, and barn cats, and you can visit her online at www.marshachall.com.
Henry Cole has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including And Tango Makes Three, Oink?, and Little Bo in France. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.
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