I AM THE DOG by Daniel Pinkwater

I AM THE DOG

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

This amiable and impressive walk for Pinkwater breezily showcases his skill as a comic storyteller and how that skill is a smooth handoff to an illustrator. The premise here is simple: Jacob, a boy, and Max, his dog, swap places for a day. Rather than get the story all in a twist with a world turned upside down, the author deadpans it. “Max threw a ball. I ran after it. He threw it again. I went after it again. He threw it again. I went after it again. For some reason, I never got tired of doing that.” Max clearly likes his new diet—bacon and eggs, spaghetti and meatballs—though doing his homework twice (Jacob ate the first copy) doesn’t bring a smile to his face. Meanwhile, Jacob is in heaven: tearing about the yard, visiting the park, eating kibble, tearing about the yard once more. Davis keeps the dry humor right up on the surface, the tone bright—there is a whole lot of beaming on Jacob’s part—but not frantic. A very snug collaboration; must have been the homework that tipped it. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-055505-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2010




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