Run, Dog!

Run, Dog!

by Cecile Boyer
     
 

Wherever a buoyant red ball goes, a dog follows close behind, running, jumping, and wreaking delightful havoc in its wake! Turn the distinctive pages to discover what happens as the ball and the dog enter each new scene. Children and adults alike will be amused by this simple story featuring easy-to-learn action words. The fast pace and unique story arc—16

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Wherever a buoyant red ball goes, a dog follows close behind, running, jumping, and wreaking delightful havoc in its wake! Turn the distinctive pages to discover what happens as the ball and the dog enter each new scene. Children and adults alike will be amused by this simple story featuring easy-to-learn action words. The fast pace and unique story arc—16 sequences that stand alone yet are all interconnected—give readers the fun, satisfying sense that they are propelling the action forward with every turn of the page!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
French artist Boyer's (Woof Meow Tweet-tweet) nearly wordless combination of ice-cream colors, crisp silhouettes, and varied page sizes makes for distinctive visual storytelling. A dog is seen chasing a red rubber ball that lands on a playground trampoline where two silhouetted children are poised mid-bounce. A series of three partial pages, graduated from narrow to wide, shows the ball bouncing along with the delighted children, and each semi-page turn reveals new action in an effect akin to flipbook-style animation. Six of these narrow-wider-widest sequences appear, and each ends with a spread that shows the dog leaping after the ball as it creates more disruption. It bounces off to bonk a boy on the head as he picnics with his family, and similar sequences follow the dog and the ball as they scare a flock of pigeons, harass a zookeeper, and even provoke a fistfight. Discovering the dog's unassuming owner is the payoff, but the greatest interest is found in the almost forensic analysis Boyer performs on chaotic events as she breaks them down into separate, intelligible pieces. Ages 3–5. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"A compelling story that young children will enjoy deconstructing for themselves."-Kirkus Reviews"

A winning read for young dog lovers."—Booklist

School Library Journal
03/01/2014
PreS-K—Boyer uses digital art to illustrate her mostly wordless story about a dog in pursuit of a ball that bounces among a variety of people, animals, and things before it lands at the feet of its owner. Every other spread has two partial pages in between where the route of the ball is incrementally revealed. It bounces from a trampoline to a boy's head, into a circle of pigeons and into the zoo until it bounds off another head before reaching its final destination. On the inside back cover, a boy and the dog, reunited, are seen riding off on a pink scooter. The palette is unusual. The dog is orange/gold and the ball red, and all of the humans are drawn in black silhouettes; everything else (trees, giraffe, stop sign, etc.) is pink or blue. The minimal text is made up of simple active verbs: "Jump," "Catch," "Run," "Fetch," and "Go," plus, at the climax, "Good dog." The story can be extended through a discussion with a child about the action described in the simple text and creative illustrations.—Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
A yellow dog exuberantly chases a red rubber ball through the park, wreaking havoc. First, the ball bounces off a trampoline onto a child's head, then it disturbs a flock of birds that in turn upset a courting couple. The ball is nearly swallowed by a giraffe, then it knocks off a man's hat, causing a fistfight in a bus queue. The dog finally catches up to his master, who sits peacefully reading under a tree, unaware of all the preceding drama. The stylized, silhouetted figures and objects are rendered in a fresh clean palette of grays, baby pink, blue and yellow, with only the ball in red. The limited palette makes the pictures easily legible to young children, while adding a Seuss-ian fantasy element. Some pages are cut narrower, lending a flip-book speediness to the action. Boyer's book is a fresh European take on older, beloved Spot, with similarly childlike playfulness and humor. However this is not just another retro picture book. The figures are classic silhouettes, but there are contemporary touches: A bystander sports a baseball cap and earbuds, and the young man on the park bench is clad in a hoodie and sneakers. The text consists solely of commands—"Jump!" "Catch!" "Run!" "Fetch!" "Good dog"—but the illustrations tell a compelling story that young children will enjoy deconstructing for themselves. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452127088
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
03/11/2014
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Cécile Boyer is a graphic designer and illustrator. Her previous book, Woof Meow Tweet-Tweet, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Opera Prima Category of the 2010 Bologna Ragazzi. She lives in Paris, France.

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