Spike

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Poor Spike is bored. He's tired of running, jumping and playing Frisbee. Convinced he'd be happier being someone else-ANYONE ELSE!-Spike runs away and tries to be a horse, only to discover that it's hard to stand with a rider on your back. He tries to be a chicken, but learns that eggs are very fragile. He tries to be a fish, but finds out that water can be cold. And when he tries to fly like a bird, he falls flat on his furry face. It's a good thing Spike has a girl at home who loves him, because it turns out ...
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Overview

Poor Spike is bored. He's tired of running, jumping and playing Frisbee. Convinced he'd be happier being someone else-ANYONE ELSE!-Spike runs away and tries to be a horse, only to discover that it's hard to stand with a rider on your back. He tries to be a chicken, but learns that eggs are very fragile. He tries to be a fish, but finds out that water can be cold. And when he tries to fly like a bird, he falls flat on his furry face. It's a good thing Spike has a girl at home who loves him, because it turns out that being a dog is what he does best! With bright, expressive line drawings and a story that's fresh and funny, Paulette Bogan shows us how silly it is to try to be something we're not!

A dog learns to appreciate himself.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bogan's debut be-yourself animal story, illustrated in a naive style, holds no surprises. Spike, a spotted canine, finds doghood dull. He plays at being a horse, but cannot carry a rider. He tries to act like a chicken, but crushes a nestful of eggsto unlikely cackles of amusement from the hens. Oddly, readers witness only the unfortunate results of Spike's experiments. For instance, Spike stands at a pond watching Jeffrey the fish, who can "dive really deep. `Splish, splash,' went Jeffrey./ `Brrr,' whined Spike. He felt wet and cold./ `I'm not a very good fish.' " Bogan describes neither Spike's wade into the water nor his swim. Her wavery pen-and-ink drawings show him dry, then dripping; the scenes are set against simple watercolor washes of blue water and evergreen grass. Predictably, Spike's identity crisis is resolved when his loving owner tells him, " `You're a very good dog.'/ `Woof, woof,' barked Spike./ `That's just what I am!' " The mechanical text and artless images present a most familiar plot in a most pedestrian manner. Ages 2-6. Mar.
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PreS-KSpike thinks his life as a dog is boring, so he tries to be a horse, a bird, a chicken, and a fish, until he finally realizes that his place is with his owner, keeping her company and making her smile. The text is concise, almost to the point of being abrupt, and the story never really takes off. The illustrations are flat and somewhat static, and, like the text, never develop the comic possibilities of the story. Very young children might enjoy this, but for better self-acceptance books, stick with Gitte Spee's Sad, Sad William Gareth Stevens, 1996 or Brad Sneed's Lucky Russell Putnam, 1992; o.p..Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399231636
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/23/1998
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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