Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
This selection from the "I Like to Read" series from Holiday House packs a lot of fun into an affordable paperbackand doggie fun, at that! One fleet-footed dog running in the park soon attracts a pack of canine friends who follow his lead. Together, they find the fun in mud and baths...and digging. They dig and dig and soon they have dug up an entire dinosaur skeleton. What happens next is a fun surprise that gets the doggies off and running again. The facial expressions and body language of each pooch in the illustrations capture the fun-loving energy only found in a dog. Full-color, cartoon-like dogs scamper across each double-page spread. The words used for the text are simple, and the repetitive use of a basic vocabulary in such an imaginative way makes this story a fun way for beginners to learn basic reading skills. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers. They are larger than typical easy readers, leaving plenty of room for uncluttered, colorful cartoon illustrations and clear, large fonts. The sequencing of events in the uncomplicated plots leads to satisfying conclusions. In the first book, Björkman uses repetitive text and playful pictures to introduce appropriate behavior. "Dinosaurs don't run here" is demonstrated by a dismayed dinosaur in front of glassware falling from a china cabinet; opposite, "Dinosaurs do run here" shows two smiling creatures running through a playground. McPhail introduces the concept of up and down in the second title. "Boy saw Bird. Bird was up. Boy went up." When Dog wants to join them in the tree house but can't climb up, the boy comes down and solves the problem by hauling the pup up in a pail. And in Meisel's fun See Me Run, a game of follow the leader gets a pack of dogs running through mud and water and then stopping to dig up a big skeletal surprise. The lines "I run and run./See them come./They come and come./Will they get me?/No, no, no!/We go and go" are accompanied by playful pups of every variety shown running through a park. These titles have similar-sounding vowels and consonants, popular sight words, and short, simple sentences with clear punctuation, making them successful entries in the beginning-reader canon.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
A dog set free to run and roam in a dog park uncovers an archeological surprise.
In a manner reminiscent of a Dick and Jane reader, Meisel begins his minimal, patterned text with the simple and repetitive "See me run. / I run and run." Hearing the story from the dog's point of view, newly minted readers will work through each page's basic sentence structure with plenty of opportunity to decipher the story's action through words and pictures.Several word-family patterns are incorporated as the star pooch of this canine adventure leads a group of romping dogs across a great lawn: "Will they get me? / No, no, no! / We go and go," through a large mud puddle. Finally, they pursue some serious digging: "We dig and dig and dig and dig. // What is this? // It is big." A large dinosaur skeleton rises and gives chase, resulting in dogs frantically running once again. Cartoon drawings done in acrylic ink, pen and colored pencils offer a variety of dog breeds; eyes are wide and tongues hang out in their expressive faces as they frolic through the pale green, grassy park.
Formatted in a larger trim than the usual early reader, this imaginary rumpus is just right for beginners to successfully read and reread. (Early reader. 5-7)