Wag a Tail


In this exuberant new picture book, Lois Ehlert takes us on a trip to the farmers market with a group of friendly, furry, and (mostly) well-behaved pups. And when the shopping's done, the gang heads to the dog park for some serious playing.
Readers will be wowed by the gorgeous collage illustrations, subtle counting elements, jaunty text, ...

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In this exuberant new picture book, Lois Ehlert takes us on a trip to the farmers market with a group of friendly, furry, and (mostly) well-behaved pups. And when the shopping's done, the gang heads to the dog park for some serious playing.
Readers will be wowed by the gorgeous collage illustrations, subtle counting elements, jaunty text, and—best of all—dogs galore!
Includes a spread that features pictures, names, and traits of all the dogs, so children can go back and follow their favorites throughout the story.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Ehlert's (Leaf Man) snazzy cut-paper world, dogs are definitely allowed-at the farmer's market and, of course at the dog park-especially if they are graduates of the Bow Wow obedience school. As told from the pooches' perspective, various Bow Wow alums greet each other and brag about their good behavior (expressed in white talk bubbles, e.g. "We never drool") while their owners grab a coffee or browse the farmer's market stalls. When one peppy pup breaks the rules, the others keep their cool and later welcome their repentant pal for a romp at the park. Using colors as fresh as the fruits, vegetables and flowers she depicts, Ehlert patterns a collage-quilt featuring sewn-on button eyes, glued-on patches of fabric and a canine cast largely clipped with pinking shears (the ones belonging to the artist's mother and previously seen in her book Hands). As always, there's a lot to see in Ehlert's crisply textured compositions on oversize square pages, challenging young readers to dive right into her visual storytelling. Profiles of the dog protagonists appear on the end pages. And dog lovers can rest assured that the book's title is right on the money-Ehlert offers a generous helping of tail-wagging fun. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
An assortment of hip city dogs and their owners take a walk to the Farmer's Market. These proud Bow Wow School graduates celebrate their good behavior as they struggle to behave before heading off for a romp in the park. Told through the canines' thought bubbles, this simple story has a rhythmic, jazzy quality that begs to be read aloud. "Wag a tail./Wag a tail./We know how./Wig Wag Zig Zag/Bow Wow Wow." Collages composed of brightly colored buttons and scraps of fabric and handmade paper stand out on vivid green backgrounds. The final endpaper shows portraits of the pups introduced with their name and characteristics ("Keep an eye on Spike, he needs more obedience training"). With polish and pizzazz, this well-designed package pays tribute to dogs and life in the city. An author's note provides special behind-the-scenes details about the illustrations.
—Julie RoachCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Ehlert's distinctive collage style works to great advantage in this strikingly simple story about a group of doggie pals, all graduates of the Bow Wow School. The crowd of canines, all wearing proper collars and leashes, meets along with their owners at a farmers market to enjoy shopping and socialization. As the owners shop for produce and flowers, the dogs have a brief conversation among themselves with just a few, well-chosen words in short, rhyming couplets set in large type within speech bubbles. Then the whole group moves on to a dog park where the canine pals can run free and show off their tricks. The final spread identifies all the Bow Wow School graduates yearbook-style, with small portraits, names, breeds and descriptions. An oversized format and deep, forest-green backgrounds help create arresting spreads full of eye-popping colors and perky pooches. An author's note describes the materials used in Ehlert's bold collage illustrations, including buttons, hair and handmade papers. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152058432
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 796,692
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.94 (w) x 11.82 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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