Up Dog

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Overview

A little dog can get up to big things!

Uh-oh! Look out, house! This little dog is very busy cheerfully digging up and chewing up everything in sight. It's a sad little dog who's locked up in the pen while the house and garden are tidied up. But all is not lost, as he's cautiously welcomed back up the steps and into the house to snuggle up at the end of the day.

Readers will have fun watching the antics of this little dog, and interpreting the ...

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Overview

A little dog can get up to big things!

Uh-oh! Look out, house! This little dog is very busy cheerfully digging up and chewing up everything in sight. It's a sad little dog who's locked up in the pen while the house and garden are tidied up. But all is not lost, as he's cautiously welcomed back up the steps and into the house to snuggle up at the end of the day.

Readers will have fun watching the antics of this little dog, and interpreting the animated facial expressions that range from determination and dejection to joy. While readers follow the dog from bad to good in rhythmic two- or three-word panels, they'll also learn how to use "up" phrases.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hutchins creates basic phrases by pairing present-tense verbs with the word “up” to describe a splotchy dog’s activities. When the dog “dig up” a bone and proceeds to “muddy up” the house, the dog’s owner (whose face is never shown) has to “pen up” the pup. The owner’s clean-up efforts take over several spreads, and before long, the dog is back to its old tricks. A warm portrait of the special (and often messy) relationship between dog and person. Also available: Up Cat. Ages 1–4. (May)
Booklist - Daniel Kraus
This titular dog is downright adorable even when he is up to no good.... An irresistibly happy board book with a repetition that encourages participation.
Canadian Children's Book News - Lisa Dalrymple
While these books are simple enough to engage audiences as young as two, they are also appropriate for beginning readers in Kindergarten.
Western New York Family Magazine - Helen Foster James
It's sure to be a big hit with dog lovers. For feline fans, check out Up Cat.
National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winner
A playful dog is the star in this board book that showcases canine antics and the word up. It's sure to be a big hit with dog lovers. For feline fans, check out Up Cat.
Kirkus Reviews
Though he earns a stint in the doghouse, this little dog is one endearing pet. A pup nudges the door open and digs up his owner's yard, then brings the mess of the outdoors (and his cherished bone) into the house. Active, two-word phrases, feature the word "up" in each statement to convey the dog's adventures and the consequences: "dig up / drag up / muddy up…" A few expressions may stretch the audience; "clip up" portrays the downtrodden dog on a leash (the muddy evidence of his outdoor romp streaked through his fur). The next sequence depicts the owner's actions when he cleans the mess. "Now wipe up / gather up / wash up / hang up / fill up" precedes the dog's "perk[ing] up." Fanny depicts the loving (though exasperated) owner as, mostly, disembodied hands, ensuring that the perspective remains the dog's. The dog's expressive eyes and slight shifts in his physical appearance light up his scenes. Companion Up Cat briefly reintroduces the dog; he attempts to make friends with a haughty feline, though she "puff[s] up" at the offer. This little pooch's up-and-down antics charm. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554513895
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Pages: 26
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Hazel Hutchins has written over 30 books for children and young adults and has received numerous awards for her work. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Fanny has illustrated many books for children. She lives in Quebec.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

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    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review It's a board book for toddlers, b

    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review

    It's a board book for toddlers, but I am reviewing an e-copy. Full disclosure, right? Well I think the artwork is adorable and the words are easy to get through. In fact, I'm going to make my 6 year old work on reading them. Lots of "UP" usage.

    Toddlers will love it, and probably up to the age of 4. Ivan (age 3) sat while I read them, Christopher (age 6) leaned in to listen and look at the pictures. In fact, Ivan wants me to read them again. He keeps seeing the picture as I'm writing this, so I bid you adieu.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

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    This story involves a dog being, a dog. Quite opposite the cl



    This story involves a dog being, a dog. Quite opposite the clean cat, the dog has a wonderful day making messes. He happily digs up his bone from the yard and then drags (it) up into the living room so he can comfortably chew up the muddy delicacy. Soon, the dog is found and penned up, while his person cleans up the mess. There is a happy ending to the dog’s story. The pen gate lifts up so the dog can race up the stairs and snuggle up with his favorite person. The dog is equally cute clean or muddy.

    The story and text is simple, which can be the hardest to write. Can you imagine writing a children’s story with only 45 words? That is the number in Up Dog. The important word in each is the word up. . Don’t let the simplicity fool you. Each story has a logical beginning and end, plus middle. Being repetitive, it helps the youngest kids gain confidence in their reading and a sense of mastery. They have humor, and entertain.

    I fell in love with Up Dog. The illustrations are as good, if not better, than any picture book out last year, and probably this year. I like the illustrations because they perfectly fit the two words on each page. The dog’s eyes are so expressive and show his happiness from beginning to end. This little guy is the pup for anyone allergic to dogs …um, oops, toddlers and young kids will fall in love with this happy little guy. Up Dog is a lovely book that toddlers and young children will treasure. Your child will enjoy reading this beautiful charmer over, and over, and over. I think your child will open Up Dog often. I have. The book has 22 pages, made of thick card to outlast tough little hands, and colorfully inviting.

    Note: received book from publisher, Annick Press.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Too cute!

    Bright, simple artwork and few words on a page make this an easy to read book sure to keep the attention of even the youngest of readers.

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