We have more dogs to read about!
Let’s start with an alphabet book:
Arf! Beg! Catch! Dogs from A to Z is a photographic essay on the things dogs do by Henry Horenstein. (Scholastic) Each page features a big and beautiful photo of a do (or more) in action.
I’m amazed at how the photographer can get such great pictures. I have trouble even getting my dogs to even face the camera. This was one of the favorites in my kindergarten class.
I dare you to read Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (author and illustrator) without laughing. Safety tips aren’t the most exciting topic but when Officer Buckle is joined by a dog named Gloria the children really start paying attention. Unfortunately, Officer Buckle figures out that the kids are really just excited about Gloria’s demonstrations and decides to let Gloria go on her own. After a crazy accident occurs, Officer Buckle and Gloria realize the most important tip of all – “Always stick with our buddy!”
I’ve just discovered Gaston Kelly DiPucchio (author) and Christian Robinson(illustrator). Mrs. Poodle has puppies – Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-la-la, and Gaston. Gaston does not behave like a poodle. He slobbers instead of sips and races instead of walks. But he works hard to learn poodle ways. When they are at the park, they meet the Bulldog family with three little bulldogs and a poodle puppy! They realize there has been a mistake. Gaston is a bulldog!
The puppies switch families but even though they look right, things don’t feel right. This is a wonderful book about belonging.
Dog Breath – The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis by Dav Pilkey,(author and illustrator) tells about Hally, a dog who lives with the Tosis family. She had a big problem – bad breath! The family tried everything to no avail and were thinking that Hally had to go. Fortunately, Hally saved the day when robbers arrived and were overcome by her breath. This book is filled with clever puns and hilarious pictures. Does anyone have an easy way to get rid of dog breath?
Finally, City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems (author) and Jon J Muth (illustrator) is a soft and thoughtful book. It follows City Dog on his seasonal visits to the country where he makes friends with Frog. They play dog and frog games through the spring and summer.
But when fall comes, Frog is too tired to play. Instead they remember the fun times they had together. Frog is no longer on his rock in the winter and the illustrations show Dog sitting wistfully looking for him. He returns in the spring but Frog does not appear. But – a new friend does! This is lovely books about the seasons of life.
I’ll share some easy readers, chapter books and novels with memorable dog characters in another post.
If you are interested in making doggy treats, take a look at this recipe.