Wet Dog!

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On a hot, hot day, a good old dog just has to get some relief! Around the steamy country lanes, he sniffs and searches until he finds a chauffeur washing a shiny car, a baker scrubbing some sticky pans, and a florist spraying a pink bouquet. they're all getting ready for a country wedding, and this overheated pup just wants to plunge into the fun-and water! but will the wedding party in their fancy finery welcome this gotta-be-cool pooch? Zany characters, zingy lines, and high-spirited scenes abound in this witty...

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Overview

On a hot, hot day, a good old dog just has to get some relief! Around the steamy country lanes, he sniffs and searches until he finds a chauffeur washing a shiny car, a baker scrubbing some sticky pans, and a florist spraying a pink bouquet. they're all getting ready for a country wedding, and this overheated pup just wants to plunge into the fun-and water! but will the wedding party in their fancy finery welcome this gotta-be-cool pooch? Zany characters, zingy lines, and high-spirited scenes abound in this witty and affectionate story by author elise broach and New York Times best illustrated book Award winner David Catrow.

A dog's attempts to cool off on a hot day get him into trouble with a series of people and finally lead him to interrupt a country wedding.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A 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.
—Kathryn Erskine
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A lovable shaggy brown dog tries time and again to cool off on a hot day but is shooed away every time he finds the perfect refreshment. The rhythmic language carries readers along as the poor pooch dives under the hose of a man washing a limo, sneaks into a kitchen sink at a baker's shop, stands in front of a florist's spray bottle, and jumps into a creek where he splashes mud on some nearby men. After each dousing, "Wet dog smiled his sorry-dog smile and wagged his sorry-dog tail. Then he flapped his ears, and he sniffed the air, and he trotted off down the road...pat-a-pat, pat-a-pat, pat." Careful observers will notice that wedding preparations are being made, culminating in a lovely ceremony by the lake, where the pup inspires a group to plunge into the water. Exuberant pencil-and-watercolor illustrations practically bounce off the pages in this delightful read-aloud. Children will appreciate the silliness of the characters' reactions when wet dog shakes himself off near them. This new-on-the-scene author and veteran illustrator have scored a hit.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"He was a good old dog and a hot old dog, as he lay in the noonday sun." How does a dog find relief on such a "too-too-too hot" day? By trotting along until he finds an open hose, or a sudsy sink or a cool mud hole. But the ensuing "shaky-shake, shaky-shake, shake" understandably prompts everyone in the vicinity to shoo him along. Children will laugh to see this rail-thin, frizzy-haired mutt bounding happily along from one cool spot to the next, leaving a trail of damp, muddy (but not too angry-looking) folk-until at last a baby's laugh after an impromptu shower persuades all and sundry to take flying leaps into the pond themselves. Catrow's in rare form here, well matched by Broach's lively prose. Here's can't-sit-still reading, in summer's heat-or any other time. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142408551
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/14/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 195,613
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.01 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Elise Broach lives in Easton, Connecticut. David Catrow lives in Springfield, Ohio.

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