Where's Pup?

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Overview

Is Pup here?
Is he there?
We are searching
Everywhere!
Come join our silly circus and
Help us take a look.
We know Pup must be
Somewhere
Inside this funny book!
In a book that’s full of charm, Dayle Ann Dodds and Pierre Pratt invite small readers to join the hunt for an elusive hound.

Author Biography: Dayle Ann Dodds has written children’s books about math, singing cows, colors, shapes, and pets who need a bath. Her work has been known to “leave young readers in stitches” (School Library Journal) and praised for its “exuberant and expert rhyme” (Publishers Weekly). A fan of the drama and fun of the circus, she created Where’s Pup? as a mystery that would make use of a wonderful setting. Dayle Ann Dodds lives in California.
Pierre Pratt began creating comic strips as a teenager and has since found a career in creating artwork for magazines and advertisements. His true love, however, is illustrating children’s books. He has won numerous awards for his illustrations, including the Governor General’s Award for Illustration, the UNICEF Award at the Bologna Book Fair, and the Mr. Christie’s Book Award. Pierre Pratt lives in Montreal.

A circus clown's search for his partner leads him to the top of an acrobatic pyramid, found by unfolding the book's final page.

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Publishers Weekly
In Where's Pup? by Dayle Ann Dodds, illus. by Pierre Pratt, a clown's search for his pet in and around the Big Top offers a lesson in vowels via rhyming couplets. In response to the titular question, a magician responds, "Don't know./ Go ask Jo./ She's feeding Mo." Readers discover in the next spread that Mo is a monkey, and Jo doesn't know Pup's whereabouts, either. ("Can't say./ Go ask Ray./ He's washing Kay," an elephant.) A final foldout page that more than doubles the paper-over-board book in height reveals Pup at the top of a human pyramid in the center ring. Saturated golds, reds and royal blues help to evoke the magic of the circus. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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An odd-looking clown asks the title question as he searches the circus, encountering different performers as he goes. Each answer he receives is a brief, singsong rhyme that sends him to someone else. "Don't know. Go ask Jo. She's feeding Mo." (the gorilla) "Can't say. Go ask Ray. He's washing Kay." (the elephant) When he finally gives up, he looks up, and up, and up. A neat fold-up shows us the proud, happy pup at the top of a human pyramid. Pratt starts the visual narrative on the end-papers with the circus tent, which we enter on the title page. The double-page acrylic paintings include just enough contextual details to describe the assorted circus acts. There is a gentle absurdity to the almost cartoon-y pictures. The gorilla wears a tiny hat and a polka-dot bib, while a pig in goggles and a helmet is readied to be shot from a cannon. The catchy text along with the pictures should elicit many smiles when read aloud. 2003, Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Putnam,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A tiny clown queries the various circus performers about his missing pet, whose whereabouts will surprise and delight readers. Vibrant and theatrical, the art says it all in this dynamic adventure under the big top. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Keeping lines to four words or less but with vocabulary that will challenge emergent readers, Dodds (The Kettles Get New Clothes, 2002, etc.) sends a clown across circus grounds in search of an errant puppy. Using a bright red-orange color scheme with occasional flashes of deep blue, Pratt (No, No, Jack!, 2002, etc.) depicts the diminutive searcher questioning a succession of busy acrobats and animal tenders: "Hi there, Jess! Hi there, Bess! Where's Pup?" "Can't see. Go ask Lee. He's launching Dee." Finally the quest ends: "Can't find Pup? Just look up"-at a page that unfolds . . . and unfolds . . . and unfolds again to reveal a human pyramid with the smiling stray at the very top. Fans of P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? (1960), Eric Hill's Where's Spot? (1980), and a plethora of similar hide-and-seek variants will welcome this fresh addition to the genre, particularly for its crowd-pleasing climax. (Picture book. 4-6)
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“Clever verses introduce various circus acts while moving the story along…. Relying on a jeweled palette of acrylic reds and oranges, the images are simple yet arresting and show the action from varying perspectives. A visually exciting charmer for storytime and one-on-one sharing.”
School Library Journal, starred review

“…an engaging story for beginning readers…that contains both plot and tension…. [T]his canine triumvirate may well turn dog lovers into book lovers.”
The Horn Book Magazine

“…showcases Pierre Pratt’s considerable artistic talent and unfolds at its ending in a surprising way.”
The Globe and Mail

“…a dandy book for the earliest reader and a natural for preschool storytime…oddly moving, above and beyond these obviously perfect audiences…. Pratt’s creation of the world of backstage includes co-operation, respect, care, inventiveness, affection, and hard work, all for the creation of a spectacle, an illusion. This is hard-won magic with the sawdust still clinging to it.”
Quill and Quire

“This deceptively simple book is a feast for the eyes. The story is over so quickly that a young reader or listener will want go back again and again. This is a gem of a book!”
Children’s Book News

“…will have young readers clamouring to get to the last page…. Great art, alive with detail…. Perfect to add to your collection…”
TV Book

“A strong, rhythmic text…will have preschoolers guessing at the pup’s whereabouts, while the artwork…is bound to engage the reader as well as the listener. Glossy, stiff pages show the eye-catching, colourful illustrations off to full advantage and should go a long way to helping this book survive repeated readings. A highly recommended volume for the very young.”
The Gazette, Montreal

“The illustrations by Pierre Pratt are dominated by orange and red, lending the tale vibrancy and warmth. Dayle Ann Dodd’s rhyming dialogue is entertaining…and encourages preschoolers to memorize the words.”
Montreal Review of Books

“This is a deceptively simple rhyming text that will have young listeners clamouring to get to the last page every time you read it. Great art, alive with detail and interesting changes in perspective. Perfect to add to your collection of circus books.”
Brandon Sun

“Simply delightful, Where’s Pup has an easy rhyming text little ones will soon have down pat, and lively paintings pulsing with bright colour…. Everything Pratt illustrates is approachable, engaging, and sophisticated…. Highly recommended.”
The Peace Arch News

“In the succinct assessment of my seven-year-old, ‘This is the funniest book I ever read.’”
The Guelph Mercury

“…highly original book for the very young…”
Vancouver Sun

“…a wonderful romp through the circus in search of a missing dog.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“…a delightful book…”
City Parent (Toronto Ed.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803727441
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/10/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dayle Ann Dodds has written children’s books about math, singing cows, colors, shapes, and pets who need a bath. Her work has been known to “leave young readers in stitches” (School Library Journal) and praised for its “exuberant and expert rhyme” (Publishers Weekly). A fan of the drama and fun of the circus, she created Where’s Pup? as a mystery that would make use of a wonderful setting. Dayle Ann Dodds lives in California.

Pierre Pratt began creating comic strips as a teenager and has since found a career in creating artwork for magazines and advertisements. His true love, however, is illustrating children’s books. He has won numerous awards for his illustrations, including the Governor General’s Award for Illustration, the UNICEF Award at the Bologna Book Fair, and the Mr. Christie’s Book Award. Pierre Pratt lives in Montreal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    Great book!

    Both my 5 year old and 2 year old boys adore this book. The older one has it memorized and actually recites it throughout the house. I love the illustrations...and can't get over how the little clown resembles Woody Allen. The last picture in the book says it all. We give it as a gift all of the time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2006

    2-yr old loves this book!

    My 2-yr old son loves this book! He likes the rhymes and responding to the questions. His favorite part is the end where we finally find pup - you lift the page up, and up, and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    Contractions aren't for 5K!

    My son was given this book by his AR teacher in 5K. He is an excellent reader, but was frustrated by the contractions in this story. Why would an author of a children's book use a fictious word as 'Hiya'? Explain that to a 6 year old. The names rhyming was a good idea, but most of the names were highly rare. If a parent were to read this to a child, it is a wonderful book, with a fun story line and awesome colors, but for a beginning-beginning reader, I think it's too confusing.

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