I'M MY OWN DOG by David Ezra Stein


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Age Range: 2 - 4
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An independent dog teaches his human a few tricks in this amusing role reversal.

Told from the dog’s self-assured point of view, the story makes it clear this canine bows to no one. He likes his life of fetching slippers (his own), playing catch by himself and licking the reflection in the mirror. But when his back has an itch that can’t be reached and he lets a human scratch it, life changes. The human follows him home, and what can the pooch do but adopt him? Despite the hard work of training and cleaning up after a human, the canine secretly admits it’s all worth it, as the two become best friends. Appealing pen, ink and watercolor illustrations, done in a primary pastel palette, convey the dog’s sassy, ultimately warm personality. The artist’s use of marker is reminiscent of a Chinese brush painting—where each stroke skillfully conveys an energy or intention about the character or setting. Fresh and lively, Stein infuses each spread with spontaneity.

A charming person-as-pet story that will leave dog lovers chuckling. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 5th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6139-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2014


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