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Friday, February 26, 2010

Dogs - Emily Gravett (Picture Book)

Released February 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Award winning children's author and illustrator Emily Gravett uses dogs to showcase the concept of opposites. As you page through this picture book you'll find big and small dogs as well as slow and fast pooches and some that are good and some that are bad.

Since each section begins with "I love….", obviously there is someone providing the narrative. You'll lose sight of that fact until you reach the final page when the author actually shows you who has been providing the
monologue. I think you'll be surprised, so I won't spoil the fun.

The appeal of this book centers not so much on teaching some basic opposites as the dogs themselves. A number of breeds are represented here but Gravett's fanciful pencil and watercolor illustrations are the drawing card. The animal's facial expressions are priceless, as are the scenarios the canines are placed in.

Picture books are all about the illustrations and Emily Gravett gets high marks for Dogs.  Her other titles, which are certainly much fun also, include Monkey and Me, The Odd Egg and Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears.

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