The Story of Honk-Honk-Ashoo and Swella-Bow-Wow

The Story of Honk-Honk-Ashoo and Swella-Bow-Wow

by Ralph Cosentino
     
 

Honk-Honk-Ashoo's alarm clock rings bright and early every morning. He does his exercises, reads the funnies, and eats breakfast. After his chores are finished, it's playtime. Then one morning Honk-Honk-Ashoo is awakened not by his alarm clock but by the sound of barking at his front door. It's a little dog, and she's in big trouble. At first Honk-Honk-Ashoo isn't

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Honk-Honk-Ashoo's alarm clock rings bright and early every morning. He does his exercises, reads the funnies, and eats breakfast. After his chores are finished, it's playtime. Then one morning Honk-Honk-Ashoo is awakened not by his alarm clock but by the sound of barking at his front door. It's a little dog, and she's in big trouble. At first Honk-Honk-Ashoo isn't sure he wants a pet, but soon he decides to take her in. Now he and Swella-Bow-Wow exercise, read the funnies, eat breakfast, and do chores together, and Honk-Honk-Ashoo learns that a life shared is twice the fun.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A pillow-headed character with the onomatopoeic name of Honk-Honk-Ashoo (think snoring) lives a simple life until he finds a little dog in trouble on his doorstep. The dogcatcher scoops the pup up but Honk-Honk-Ashoo can't get her out of his mind and decides to adopt her. When his friend calls the pooch "marvelous," Honk-Honk-Ashoo looks the word up inside Smarty Pants (a dictionary-headed character), discovers it means "really swell," and gives his pet the name Swella-Bow-Wow. On the last page, the pup cozily curls up on Honk-Honk-Ashoo's head for a good night's sleep. From the endpapers drawn like a pillow (complete with a tag that it is "not to be removed except by the consumer" on the dedication page), this slight, quirky tale is full of surprises. A soda that talks, slippers that are sometimes awake and sometimes asleep, an alarm clock with an ever-changing face, and objects and weather that react to reflect the mood of the narrative all combine to make this a visual treat. Using black lines, simple shapes, and strongly colored backgrounds, the bright cartoons will attract youngsters. A fine story about friendship and finding the place where you belong.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cosentino claims this pillow-meets-dog tale to be the result of "49% imagination, 48% inspiration, 3% perspiration," and those proportions look about right, as the childlike art is all simple, rounded forms and uniform color fields, but depicts an animistic world of stick-limbed figures that will leave young viewers chortling over its quirky turns. Honk-Honk-Ashoo may have a big pillow for a head (over a tiny body), but he shows that he's all heart by adopting a stray pup, giving her a bath and a name (see title), taking her for a stroll to meet his bottle-shaped buddy Soda and the (literally) bookish Smarty Pants, then getting her a pair of pink bunny slippers just like his before bedding down for the night, "zzzz . . . honk . . . honk . . . ashoo!" A tender tale of togetherness to shelve next to such similar but unlikely partnerships as Lawrence David's Pickle and Penguin (p. 1003). (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670059973
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Ralph Cosentino is a talented author, illustrator, and designer.

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