BADLY DRAWN DOG by Emma Dodson


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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Badly Drawn Dog decides he needs a new look and ends up in an amusing makeover nightmare. Tired of his “scribbly, scrawly, and sketchy” appearance, Badly Drawn Dog yearns to be “drawn properly.” He explains his predicament to the local artist who erases Badly Drawn Dog and reincarnates him as a Cubist canine. But Badly Drawn Dog’s sharp feet and misaligned eyes cause problems so he returns to the artist for a different look. This time the artist casts Badly Drawn Dog as a mass of “blobs and swirls,” and even his pal Doodle the Poodle doesn’t recognize him. So Badly Drawn Dog asks the artist for a more popular look and winds up resembling every dog he meets. In the end, Badly Drawn Dog realizes he was much better off being his own badly drawn self. Brilliant, childlike illustrations reinforce the “art” theme and comically capture Badly Drawn Dog’s extreme makeovers. Witty and winsome. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7641-5814-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Barron’s
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2005


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