I'm My Own Dog

I'm My Own Dog

by David Ezra Stein


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763661397
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 382,862
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD220L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

David Ezra Stein is the creator of many award-winning picture books, including Interrupting Chicken, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, Because Amelia Smiled, and Dinosaur Kisses. He lives with his family in Kew Gardens, New York.

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I'm My Own Dog 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This book will make you smile I am sure.  This quirky, spunky little dog can look after himself very well thank you very much.  He obeys all his own commands and is in full charge of his life.  He does not need a human to depend on.  Then one day he gets an itch on his back.  He tries to relieve it by himself but to no avail.  It is right in the middle and there is no way he can reach it, scratch it and make it stop.  He asks a human to help him out and the human does an amazing job... and then the unthinkable happens.  The dog feeling rather sorry for the guy, decides to adopt him and take him home because the man looks like he could use a friend.   The story relates how the dog gets a leash (to lead the human around), points out things of interest to him in the park (like look there's a squirrel), commands the man to sit, sit, and teaches him the - throw - the - stick game (the man doing the throwing of course) so they can play it together.  It is a topsy-turvy spin, a fun twist, a role reversal of man and beast that works so very well.  The dog never gives up control of his life but trains that human to obey his every wish and in so doing they become inseparable, best of friends. The illustrations are expressive and delightful.  The book is clever and witty.  The author was inspired by a voice in his head, speaking about himself.   "This is often how characters come to me. He told me the first few lines of the story: I'm my own dog and nobody owns me, I own myself... I was as intentive to this as a possible, and tried to get it all down on paper as it was happening.  Then I began the work of expanding him and his world.  Anyway, I think he came from a desire to really master myself and my career.  And to choose the way I respond to the challenges of life. That is true mastery, to me."