MY DOG LYLE by Jennifer P. Goldfinger

MY DOG LYLE

Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A little girl with blonde braids is the first-person narrator of this tribute to a pampered pooch named Lyle. The patterned text uses a cumulative structure, adding one new term to the dog’s description and repeating the whole string of adjectives on succeeding pages. This repetitive string of descriptive words rolls along in a fashion that will delight young children (“my snuggly, smart, howling, burping, slurping, stinky-pink dog Lyle”). Each characteristic term is illustrated with an engaging painting of Lyle in action: trying on a ballet tutu, sitting in the driver’s seat of the family car, hiding under the bed during a thunderstorm. The story is based on memories of Goldfinger’s own dog, and her vibrant illustrations create a well-defined personality for Lyle, who has a distinctive black patch across one eye and ear. She does an excellent job of varying her perspectives, showing Lyle running into a sliding door, howling head-on in his tutu and hopping up and down from behind a hedge. In the crowded ring of dog stories, Lyle stands out from the pack. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: June 18th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-63983-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2007




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