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OPEN ME...I'M A DOG! by Art Spiegelman


by Art Spiegelman & illustrated by Art Spiegelman

Age Range: 5 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1997
ISBN: 0-06-027320-8
Publisher: HarperCollins

 Spiegelman (Maus, 1986, etc.) tries his hand at a picture book--it looks and smells like a book, but it earnestly (dare one say doggedly?) assures its readers that it's actually a puppy, transformed by an annoyed wizard after a series of mishaps. Offering in evidence a pop-up tail (``How many books have tails that wag?''), fuzzy orange endpapers, and an attached fabric leash, the poor mite promises to be a special pal to readers who believe: flealess, housebroken, and willing to tell its story any time. It's a winning conceit, with ingenuous tongue-in-cheek illustrations, though, like Lane Smith's Happy Hocky Family (1993), some will find that much of the humor is pitched over the heads of its target audience. (Picture book. 5-7)