Small Brown Dog's Bad Remembering Day

Small Brown Dog's Bad Remembering Day

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by Mike Gibbie, Barbara Nascimbeni
     
 

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Small Brown Dog is having a bad day—he can't remember where he's left his collar and tags, and without them he can't remember his name. So a headlong hunt for the collar begins. Everyone wants to help such an adorable but muddled mutt. As the chase goes on, his canine neighbors remind him that he is many wonderful things. But Who Is He? Arriving at the police…  See more details below

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Small Brown Dog is having a bad day—he can't remember where he's left his collar and tags, and without them he can't remember his name. So a headlong hunt for the collar begins. Everyone wants to help such an adorable but muddled mutt. As the chase goes on, his canine neighbors remind him that he is many wonderful things. But Who Is He? Arriving at the police station at last is just the thing to jog Small Brown Dog's memory.

Gleefully madcap paintings by Barbara Nascimbeni capture Small Brown Dog's puppy exuberance and perfectly caricature other breeds of dogs from the most dignified dalmatian to the yappiest Chihuahua. This read-aloud is a dog-lover's dream and a book that readers will have no trouble remembering—with delight.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"This charming cumulative tale stars a pup who misplaces his I.D. tag (and with it, the memory of his name) and stresses the importance of the personal over the superficial," wrote PW. Ages 3-7. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this cumulative tale, a small brown dog can't remember his name, so he enlists the aid of his canine friends in his search for identity: "I've lost my collar, and I don't know WHO I AM." Although his friends can't come up with his moniker either, they do remind him of his special characteristics: "You like splashing in puddles," "You've got a bad case of fleas," and "You can't resist hot dogs." With each encounter, the growing list of traits is repeated by such neighborhood characters as street vendor Sid the Sausage Dog, hairdresser Peaches the Poodle, and construction worker Ralph the Rottweiler. Finally the small brown dog is directed to the police department where he finds his collar and his name. While the rollicking repetition and patterned text are sure to please, the pup's bout of amnesia is absurd, considering he can remember the names of everyone else in the neighborhood. Nascimbeni's chunky illustrations are bathed in color with an occasional patch of newsprint collage, and the oblique lines add to the growing momentum of the text. Children will enjoy searching for the little mouse in a striped T-shirt that follows the dog on his journey through the town. This silly story may prompt youngsters to think about their own personality traits.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Poster puppy for cluelessness, a small dog with a white patch on one eye wakes up one morning dismayed to discover his name, collar, and entire life misplaced. Off he charges on a true journey of self-discovery. Though a series of canine acquaintances cumulatively fill in some of the gaps—" �You are a small brown dog with a pink nose who likes splashing in puddles' "—his name remains a mystery. Aside from frequent appearances by a tiny blue mouse, it's a dog's world in Nascimbeni's (What If?, 1999, etc.) loopy, spacious cartoons, composed along canted planes using just a few vigorously brushed colors and the occasional bit of patterned material or newsprint. With each encounter, Small Brown Dog fills out as a character for readers as well as himself, and by the time he's tracked down both collar and name (" �Patch!' "), he will seem as familiar as any real pet. He's not the only forgetful character in a children's book, but he is the most engagingly doggy one, and his plight may make children—not to mention parents—feel better about their own "senior moments." (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525463979
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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