Proving that cats don't have the last word when it comes to making Christmas lists, author and artist Kandy Radzinski returns this holiday season with the canine companion book to last year's favorite, What Cats Want for Christmas. Using witty poems and winsome illustrations, What Dogs Want for Christmas lets our four-footed friends speak for themselves. And what does Man's Best Friend have on his holiday list? Ruffus, a dapper Scottie, would love "something with fur... that once went purr..." while the more ...
Proving that cats don't have the last word when it comes to making Christmas lists, author and artist Kandy Radzinski returns this holiday season with the canine companion book to last year's favorite, What Cats Want for Christmas. Using witty poems and winsome illustrations, What Dogs Want for Christmas lets our four-footed friends speak for themselves. And what does Man's Best Friend have on his holiday list? Ruffus, a dapper Scottie, would love "something with fur... that once went purr..." while the more practical basset hound Daisy complains, "My ears hang down to my feet. Can you fix them so they're short and neat?" Santa is going to need a bigger sleigh to fulfill some of these holiday wishes! After reading What Dogs Want for Christmas, canine lovers of all ages will think twice before buying another chew toy.Kandy Radzinski received her Master of Science in Art from East Texas State University. She taught art at Central Washington State College and the University of Tulsa. Kandy has illustrated children's books, posters, greeting cards, and even a six-foot penguin. Her books with Sleeping Bear Press include What Cats Want for Christmas and I is for Idea: An Inventions Alphabet. Kandy lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Ms. Radzinski's illustrations are appealing and whimsical. She features a different breed of dog on each full spread, starting with a Bull Dog who wants to not be so stinky and ending with a black Labrador Retriever who just wants a home and someone to love him. She also has a Bassett Hound who wants her ears not to drag on the floor; a Yorkshire Terrier who thinks he should probably chew on something other than a nice leather shoe; a German Shepard who wants to help pull Santa's sleigh; a Chihuahua who wants something warm to wear; a Golden Retriever who wants to share Santa's cookies; a Silky Terrier who wants to play with a snow man and a magic hat; a Dachshund who wants a toy car to keep his belly from dragging on the ground; a Scottie who wants "mittens made of Persian kittens"; a Corgi who wants something to "rock and roll"; a Boxer who's getting tired of waiting for Santa; another black Labrador Retriever pup who wants somewhere warm to sleep; and a Pug who wants to decorate the tree with "an ornament just for me." Some of the desires of the dogs were a bit too out of line with what dogs like. It seemed as if the author was making up verses to justify having the picture in the book. And I would have liked her to identify the breeds. I had to go look up a couple to make sure I had the names right. Still, I think young children will enjoy having this book read to them. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
Fourteen dogs of different breeds get the opportunity to ask Santa for a special present in this beautifully illustrated celebration of canine Christmas wishes. Each spread showcases one dog of a particular breed in a Christmas setting, surrounded by a border of evergreen garland or holiday ribbon. The text is presented as postcards from the dogs to Santa, with each one set in a different typeface. Each message requests something useful or amusing for that particular breed, and the gift is integrated somewhere in the spread (a furry jacket for a tiny Chihuahua, for example, or a stretchy hat to help a basset hound keep his ears in line). The final spread shows an adorable black lab puppy asking for a loving home with a kind owner, and a closer look reveals that the puppy is actually being held in Santa's gloved hands. Radzinski's illustrations capture the expression and furry details of each dog, with careful attention to proportion and perspective. Dog lovers will find this a delectable Christmas treat. (Picture book. 4-7)