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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.
“…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…”
“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.”
“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…”
“…a wonderful romp through the circus in search of a missing dog.”
–Winnipeg Free Press
“…a delightful book…”
–City Parent (Toronto Ed.)
Posted December 8, 2007
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 3, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.