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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Dog Day (Picture Book)

Released August 2008

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Ben is all ready for school. He’s dressed up nicely, his hair is combed and his has his lunch box in his hand. When he goes into the classroom his friend Ellie, who is sitting on a colorful carpet, says hello. Oh, and there’s his “new teacher.” “Woof! Woof!” Wait a minute, that new teacher is a DOG! His name is Riff and all the children think they will like him. “Woof! Woof!” they all shout back. This is going to be some different kind of school year. They all get to work and wag, wag, wag their bottoms back at Riff.

“Riff scratches his ear.” Ellie and Ben and the rest of the class start to scratch like crazy. Next the shake, shake, shake and after that they doing a lot of sniffing. Riff is a fun teacher to imitate, but wait . . . what is that awful stink? “It smells like poo.” Oh, it’s just “Riff’s lunch.” Ben and Ellie eat their sandwiches and then the class goes out to P.E. That’s when everyone gets moving. They dig holes, they stick their tongues out, they pant, they play fetch and lift their legs against trees. Having a dog for a teacher sure is fun, but what will Mrs. Pink, the principal, think about their dog day?

This is the type of book young, imaginative children love. The text and illustrations are rich and lively and the possibility that you’ll have a youngster “playing dog” is fairly high after they read this fun book. There is a little bit of bathroom humor and that with the hilarious dog imitations will have children laughing out loud. This is a book that will be read (and imitated) time and time again!

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