WHO NEEDS BIRDS WHEN DOGS CAN FLY? by Fay Robinson

WHO NEEDS BIRDS WHEN DOGS CAN FLY?

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

A dog’s day from a dog’s own perspective is the unifying theme of this collection of 13 mostly non-rhyming poems by Robinson (Halloween, not reviewed, etc.). The humorous verses describe a dog’s favorite activities, such as going for a walk, lolling about on the couch, and getting into mischief while the people are gone, as well as more mundane aspects of life: getting up in the morning, putting doggy-slime streaks on all the windows, and hogging the bed at night. (There are no poems about watering the fire hydrant or leaving surprises on the carpet.) Although at first reading, the poems may seem a little simplistic, a little bouncy, perhaps a tad too earnest, on reflection, the thoughtful reader realizes that the poet has captured the essence of dogdom: simple, bouncy, earnest, enthusiastic. Smith (Perfect Harmony, p. 888, etc.) provides photos of four children and their dogs for the illustrations, with photos of each pair taken in their own home environment. A rather loud, in-your-face design (continuing the canine personality approach) includes brilliantly colored backgrounds and a variety of type treatments, including a deliberately disobedient typeface that refuses to stand still in regimented upright fashion for the poems themselves. (author’s note, photographer’s note) (Poetry. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-525-47019-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2002




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