Stella, Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse

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Stella’s got an opinion on everything: the baby (“cannot be trusted near tail”), her humans, the other pets, her sleeping requirements (“But for a truly peaceful rest, be advised: Your bed is best”), undignified doggie sweaters, and the dull dryness of kibble. She even waxes poetic on the exalted status of pups in Paris, who are welcome everywhere…even in restaurants. And thanks to author Linda Ashman, who practically channels the canine mind, Stella expresses it all in a series of humorous verses that will have ...
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Overview

Stella’s got an opinion on everything: the baby (“cannot be trusted near tail”), her humans, the other pets, her sleeping requirements (“But for a truly peaceful rest, be advised: Your bed is best”), undignified doggie sweaters, and the dull dryness of kibble. She even waxes poetic on the exalted status of pups in Paris, who are welcome everywhere…even in restaurants. And thanks to author Linda Ashman, who practically channels the canine mind, Stella expresses it all in a series of humorous verses that will have dog-loving kids laughing out loud. Add Paul Meisel’s fabulous illustrations, which convey every facet of Stella’s winning, wonderful, and wickedly funny personality, and who could resist?
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K-Gr 2- Stella, a newly adopted pound pooch, tells all in 29 poems, humorously describing her life. Readers get her opinions on topics from humans to Hollywood. She endures boring food and dress-up, but delights in the dog park and treats. "I am, of course,/a grateful sort,/who doesn't like to quibble./But, really, friend,/do you intend/to feed me only kibble?" Ashman aptly captures life with a pup, balancing the sweet (lap naps) with the sour (shedding). The final selection, "At Your Service," sums up why dog lovers exist. Meisel's realistic acrylic, gouache, and pencil illustrations are filled with a variety of people and pups. "Water!" shows a priceless view of bath refusal and "The Bow-Wow Boutique" abounds in festive details. This collection of rhymes is ideal for family read-alouds.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

Kirkus Reviews
A perky brown dog named Stella is the first-person narrator in this collection of 29 humorous poems written from the canine perspective. In short, rhyming verse, the appealing dog describes her adoption at a shelter by a kind family with three children, their selection of a name and her impressions of the parents, children and other pets. Other poems focus on particular aspects of Stella's new life, such as playing at the dog park or going to the groomer. The amusing, well-written poems are presented in a variety of formats, integrated into the illustrations on each page by the placement of the text on the wall or floor of the family's cozy home or the sky or grass in outdoor scenes. Meisel's illustrations bring Stella and her family to life with a bright palette of cheerful colors and a cast of characters that have real personality. The proficient design is also integral to the success of the book, with a clever cover illustration and a typeface that echoes a child's printing style. Poetry collections about pets are as common as fleas on a dog, but Stella's poetic narrative is one bark above the rest. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402739873
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Ashman

LINDA ASHMAN is the author of many other picture books, including Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs, a Booklist Editors' Choice. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

JANE DYER has illustrated many beloved--and bestselling--picture books. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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