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Is There a Dog in This Book?
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Is There a Dog in This Book?

by Viviane Schwarz
 
Equal time for canines! Three cats —Tiny, Moonpie, and André — think there might be a dog in this book, but it’s up to the reader to help them find out.

Can cats and dogs share the same turf? Revisit the age-old dilemma with a hide-and-seek romp among furry friends. Brimming with humor and featuring Viviane Schwarz’s exuberant

Overview

Equal time for canines! Three cats —Tiny, Moonpie, and André — think there might be a dog in this book, but it’s up to the reader to help them find out.

Can cats and dogs share the same turf? Revisit the age-old dilemma with a hide-and-seek romp among furry friends. Brimming with humor and featuring Viviane Schwarz’s exuberant artwork, here is a lively interactive exploration of the surprising joys of unlikely friendships from the creator of There Are Cats in This Book and There Are No Cats in This Book.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Maria Russo
Three friendly cats…invite you into this hilarious romp from Schwarz.
Publishers Weekly
08/18/2014
Cat trio Tiny, Moonpie, and André are back, following their antics in There Are Cats in This Book and There Are No Cats in This Book, certain that they sense the presence of a dog. Readers will be smiling at the cats’ inane chatter from the first pages. “Oh, no! We don’t want to meet a dog!” howls André. “What is a dog?” Tiny asks. “Can you move this sofa?” asks Moonpie, drawing attention to the first of many laugh-out-loud lift-flaps. This one reveals a skinny purple hound who looks, if possible, even more vacant than the cats. The cats hide in a piano, closet, and suitcase, before finally recognizing the dog as a kindred spirit. The flaps will probably require tape repairs, as this one will be asked for again and again. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
A hilarious romp… Schwarz adds loads of funny touches, like having the dog "speak" in childlike stick drawings, while the cats, of course, hold forth confidently in English.
—New York Times

The bold, simple illustrations stand out against the double-spread blank background and minimal setting details. This fun, interactive book is a joy.
—School Library Journal

With sturdy construction nearly worthy of a board book, this ought to withstand plenty of repeat abuse, which it will get, thanks to Schwarz’s gregarious dialogue-only text and her adorably simple pen-and-inks. Let the fur fly.
—Booklist Online

Many laugh-out-loud lift-flaps. ... This one will be asked for again and again.
—Publishers Weekly

Lifting the artfully shaped and angled flaps reveals multiple surprises, from the dog itself, first met lurking behind a sofa, to a cupboard-dwelling dinosaur. Better yet, along with a hand-lettered text, animal figures rendered in vigorous daubs of black and colored inks give the episode an endearing, informal energy reminiscent of Chris Raschka's Daisy outings. Eric Hill's classic Spot books come off as rather staid ... next to this rambunctious, interactive hide-and-seek.
—Kirkus Reviews

Little ones can lift the flaps to check in on the felines as they hide in the closet, behind the sofa, and even inside the piano. The bright illustrations and lively story will win over cat and dog lovers alike.
—Parents Magazine (tablet edition)

Schwarz’s vibrant art and spot-on text are sure to engage preschoolers again and again. ... A nonstop delight for young readers.
—BookPage Online

Children's Literature - Trudy Shiroma Koeffler
This enchanting tale is told entirely by three cats that invite the reader to help them search for the dreaded dog they fear. Flaps are lifted to move the couch, lift the piano lid, open the closet, search a suitcase, and more! The flaps are cleverly situated to resemble shrinking back in fear of the dog and eventually patting the dog. Through the fun of flaps, a tender tale of a feared enemy becoming a friend is woven. But it does not end there. The dog gets lost and the cats are frantic to find their newfound buddy! The reader is asked: Can you help? More flaps are then lifted here and there throughout the house in a mad hunt for the dog. At the end of the book, the child is invited to make friends with the dog too. Bubble thoughts above the cats’ heads convey their thoughts and words to the reader. Bright colors, expressive faces, and a variety of intricately drawn hiding places fill this fun, warmly told tale. Reviewer: Trudy Shiroma Koeffler; Ages 3 to 7.
School Library Journal
10/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—The three feline protagonists from There Are Cats in This Book (2008) and There Are No Cats in this Book (2010, both Candlewick) are back. As the latest title suggests, the cats (Tiny, Moonpie, and Andre) quickly confirm that there is, in fact, a dog in this book. With the exception of Tiny, the cats are very hesitant and a little fearful to encounter a dog. As in the previous books, the dialog is directed at readers, who "help" the cats by lifting a series of flaps throughout the book. As readers unfold the sofa, a fluffy purple dog is discovered, resulting in the cats hiding in a closet, piano, and suitcase. Soon though, the cats conquer their fears and befriend the dog. They encourage readers to do the same, but the dog becomes frightened and must again be found among the flaps. The bold, simple illustrations stand out against the double-spread blank background and minimal setting details. This fun, interactive book is a joy.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-15
The feline trio that tumbled through There Are Cats in This Book (2008) and There Are No Cats in This Book (2010) welcomes a new friend—and you can, too!"Oh, hello! You opened our book!" Resolutely ignoring the fourth wall once again, Schwarz's three wide-eyed cats catch a whiff of dog and flee, begging viewers not to lift the piano-, closet door- and suitcase-shaped flaps beneath which they are hiding. (As if.) The frisky, flop-eared pup turns out to be a friendly sort, but the hiding game continues when it looks directly up from the page and, startled ("I think you scared it…"), races out of sight. The ensuing search requires lifting a dozen more flaps and a gentle pat from the reader to soothe the cowering canine. Lifting the artfully shaped and angled flaps reveals multiple surprises, from the dog itself, first met lurking behind a sofa, to a cupboard-dwelling dinosaur ("That's not our doggy!"). Better yet, along with a hand-lettered text, animal figures rendered in vigorous daubs of black and colored inks give the episode an endearing, informal energy reminiscent of Chris Raschka's Daisy outings. Eric Hill's classic Spot books come off as rather staid (not that that's necessarily a bad thing) next to this rambunctious, interactive hide-and-seek. (Novelty picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763669911
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
605,500
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Viviane Schwarz is the author-illustrator of There Are No Cats in This Book and The Sleepwalkers, among other picture books. She grew up in Germany and now lives in London.

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