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Children's LiteratureA poor old hot dog, draped over the steps in heat exhaustion, just wants a way to cool off. He goes off on his quest for water, unintentionally getting in everyone's way, all of them preparing for a big wedding. The chauffeur washing his limo does not want wet dog shaking himself on the car. The chef trying to wash pans and does not want wet dog destroying her wedding cake. A well-dressed lady watering her flowers is not happy about getting sprayed herself. A trio of musicians practicing by the river does not want wet dog flinging water and muck on their instruments. Finally, at the wedding, a baby laughingly enjoys being sprayed by the wet dog and the adults finally appreciate the wet dog, even jumping into the water themselves. This story will satisfy the souls of youngsters who can identify with the dog just trying to have a good time while the adults around him can only see him as a nuisance. Wet dog is so adorably-drawn that readers, young and old alike, will be rooting for him. He is goofy, funny, lovable, and we can see all of his feelings in his expressive face and body. Fun words and expressions—"sorry-dog smile," "piled-high, sticky-high pans," "dancing-loud song," and "too-too-too-hot sun"—mirror wet dog's bouncy personality. Repetition of these phrases and other musical ones, such as "shaky-shake, shaky-shake, shake," and "pat-a-pat, pat-a-pat, pat" give a great beat and punch to the book. 2005, Dial/Penguin, Ages 4 to 8.