The Great Dog Wash

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It’s a great day for a dog wash, and dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited. But watch out when somebody brings a cat! Shellie Braeuner’s playful, rhyming text and Robert Neubecker’s bold illustrations will make this one dog wash that kids and parents will want to visit again and again.

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It’s a great day for a dog wash, and dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited. But watch out when somebody brings a cat! Shellie Braeuner’s playful, rhyming text and Robert Neubecker’s bold illustrations will make this one dog wash that kids and parents will want to visit again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Debut author Braeuner is doubly fortunate: she won the Cheerios New Author Contest and got Neubecker (I Got Two Dogs) as her first collaborator. The end result, however, is mixed. Readers will appreciate how their fictional peers run the dog-washing enterprise with no help from grownups—although there are comic mishaps, these kids clearly have their act together. But Braeuner's predictable wordplay and rhymes don't do much to convey the giddy fun of an enterprise that involves hoses, soap and shaggy, rambunctious pets: “Slippery, slobbery,/ do a good jobbery./ Wash all that dog smell away.” Neubecker tackles the material with the confidence of a pro. While he's always been good at conveying the bustle and telling details of a crowd, he's even better here when he fills a spread with a limited number of large-scale figures engaged in a focused action: two kids and four sundry dogs in full gallop, a trio of kids hosing down a towering but eager pooch. Ages 2–6. (July)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Many different types and breeds of dogs are arriving at the dog wash to get cleaned. The people line up with their canines, waiting for the children to give the dogs a bath; however, a cat also arrives at the dog wash and the suds begin to fly. The chase begins as the cat dashes up the street with the dogs close behind along with the dog washers. The cat finds the sanctuary of a tree while the dogs, all dirty again, surround the tree. The dog wash plans are tweaked a little. The dog washers close the gate to corral the dogs in the yard; they proceed to wash the dogs and primp them with ribbons or scarves. Just as all the dogs are ready, guess who wanders over again?! The rhymes provide a good rhythm for the fun story. The cartoon-like illustrations fill the pages and subtly foreshadow the plot. This story is the 2007 Cheerios Spoonful of Stories New Author Contest winner. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Kirkus Reviews
Short, rhyming text, bold but simple illustrations and a pack of cheerful canines add up to a winning dog tale that is simple enough for younger preschoolers who are just starting to enjoy their first stories with a complete plot. An enterprising group of children organizes the doggie-bathing project using a washtub and hose, a method that works well until a cat strolls into the scene, causing a ruckus, as the soapy pooches follow the cat to a nearby tree. The clever kids adjust to the circumstances, moving their washing operation to a new site under the tree, where they shampoo and rinse the dogs as a pack. Neubecker uses a jazzy palette of olive green, strawberry and banana yellow for his cartoon-style illustrations, with thick, black outlines and lots of water drips and shampoo bubbles flying across the pages. The dogs are an amiable bunch, thoroughly enjoying their new hairdos, bows and bandanas, and the multiethnic group of children is a confidence-inspiring creative group whose know-how and adaptability give them something both fun and worthwhile to do on a warm summer day. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416971160
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,055,631
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.32 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Shellie Braeuner won the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories Children’s Book Contest with The Great Dog Wash, a mini-version of which was made available in millions of cereal boxes. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Robert Neubecker illustrated I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow and is the author and illustrator of Wow! City!, Beasty Bath, and other books. He lives in Utah’s Wasatch Range.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    A Colorful and Engaging Read-Aloud Book

    My children love the lively verse, creative rhyme, and playful illustrations. A great read-aloud book that my five-year-old also has fun reading to his little sister. Great for any dog-lover, too, as there are many recognizable breeds. I really appreciate that it depicts a diverse sampling of kids.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Wonderful read-aloud book for young children

    I am a preschool teacher and this is one of my favorite books to read aloud to my 2 and 3yo students. It's short enough to keep their attention, the illustrations are large and colorful, and the word repetition is a great pre-reading activity. My own 5yo daughter who is an emerging reader also loves to read this book aloud to me. Highly recommend!

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