The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog: A Folktale from Great Britain


A rich man is rescued from harm by a smelly, slobbery dog. As a reward, he asks for the man's beautiful daughter. In this tale from England, Margaret Read MacDonald puts a new spin on the classic story, Beauty and the Beast.

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A rich man is rescued from harm by a smelly, slobbery dog. As a reward, he asks for the man's beautiful daughter. In this tale from England, Margaret Read MacDonald puts a new spin on the classic story, Beauty and the Beast.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 4
In this lovely story reminiscent of "Beauty and the Beast," a rich man must give his daughter to a large dog that saved him from robbers. The brave girl rides on the creature's back as he runs to his castle. There, a friendship begins to grow between the two. During happy moments, she calls her captor "sweet as a honeycomb," but thinks of him as "a great smelly, slobbery, small-tooth dog" when she feels homesick. Seeing her sadness, he takes her home for a visit, but turns around when she treats him unkindly. When she is cruel for a third time, his sorrowful eyes prompt her to call him "sweeter than a honeycomb." The dog rips off his smelly fur, revealing a handsome prince with very small teeth. MacDonald has honed the story until each line is sharp and falls easily on listening ears. Paschkis's gouache folk-art paintings in blue, crimson, and gold tones are reminiscent of medieval tapestries. Varying in size and shape, they are set off by tasseled rope borders. The language of flowers intensifies the scenes, which are embellished with the appropriate blossoms; for example, marigolds signify the father's despair, wheat indicates the dog's riches, and roses symbolize love (the endpapers provide a key to the flowers' meanings). This book is a joyous gift to storytellers and youngsters alike.
—Mary Jean SmithCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
In this retelling of an English folktale with a Beauty and the Beast motif, a dog, having earned a reward for saving a man's life, claims the man's daughter as his prize. Because the girl misses her father, the dog sets out to take her to visit him on two occasions, but each time he turns around when she is unkind to him. On the third try, the daughter sees the sorrow in the dog's eyes and begins to feel love for him, at which point the dog transforms into a handsome prince and the two get married. MacDonald's prose is precise and engaging, but it is Paschkis's gouache illustrations, in vivid color and sharp detail, that turn this into something magical. The illustrations are set in interestingly shaped panels bordered with golden rope, and the remaining white space is dotted with details featuring various types of flowers. The endpapers depict each of the flowers along with their meanings, encouraging readers to return to the illustrations and the story in search of symbolic connections. (Picture book. 4-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874838084
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/25/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,445,267
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.45 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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