Waggers

Waggers

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by Philemon Sturges, Jim Ishikawa
     
 

Why do doggies find a strange woofer's wagger so . . . sniffable? So irresistible? The surprising story behind the great puppy puzzle is a romping, rhyming yarn about the dogs that once schemed to rid the world of cats-and the sly kitty who outwitted them all. Playful as a pack of pooches, this frisky "true tail" goes hand-in-paw with zany illustrations that

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Why do doggies find a strange woofer's wagger so . . . sniffable? So irresistible? The surprising story behind the great puppy puzzle is a romping, rhyming yarn about the dogs that once schemed to rid the world of cats-and the sly kitty who outwitted them all. Playful as a pack of pooches, this frisky "true tail" goes hand-in-paw with zany illustrations that will have dog and cat lovers alike cheering for more exuberant read-aloud fun. So fetch a favorite chew toy and snuggle into a cozy lap. Waggers is sure to wriggle into the hearts of doggies' best friends everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This rhymed romp through a moment of canine "history" posits the real reason that dogs chase one another's tails. At a gathering of canines from near and far to discuss getting rid of those annoying cats that humans seem to love, each pup removes its tail (wagger) and hangs it on a hook. An enterprising feline disguises herself as a dog and attends the meeting. She is shocked at the plan afoot to make pies of all cats and kittens. "So before the vote was taken,/she did a deed most dire./With brave determination,/she stood and hollered, FIRE!" In the ensuing chaos, the participants grab any wagger at paw and spread back out across the world. To this day, when dogs meet, they sniff to see if they have found their original tails. Ishikawa's playful, childlike art splashes across the pages with candy-colored canines aplenty. The changes in perspective, depictions of doggy life, and page layout are masterful and funny. Sturges's saucy rhyme and imaginative plot will tickle the fancy of children and provide an answer for kids who ask, "Why do dogs do that?"-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Readers of any age who have wondered why dogs sniff each others' rear ends upon meeting may not credit Sturges' rhymed, not-quite-serious explanation, but will be nonetheless entertained by it. It seems that once, just before a major canine confabulation could vote to exterminate all felines, a cat that had crept in disguised shouted "Fire!"-creating such confusion that the fleeing attendees, all of whom had hung up their tails at the door, "grabbed whichever wagger / was on the nearest hook." And ever since, dogs have checked every wagger in sight, " 'cause it just might be his own!" Ishikawa fills pastel pages with variously-clad, asymmetrically featured doggies of many breeds (plus that one ringer), many with hilariously mismatched trailing ends, eying one another but never seen actually applying nose to butt-unusual delicacy in these literary times of farting dogs and histories of poop. The cats may come out on top this time, but just wait. (Picture book. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525471165
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Waggers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It explains why dogs sniff each others butts in such a cute, creative way. So funny. Love Love Love.