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10 LITTLE HOT DOGS by John Himmelman

10 LITTLE HOT DOGS

By John Himmelman (Author) , John Himmelman (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5797-8
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

“One little hot dog sitting on a chair…” quickly multiplies to ten in this unimaginative counting book. Each turn of the page adds another dog to the plush blue chair. The wiener dogs play with toys and each other until the ten are tuckered out and fall asleep. The book then counts down as, one by one, the dogs awaken to continue their rumpus on the floor in front of the chair. While the dogs are cute, the text lacks the rhythm and rhyme that would truly make this come alive. Himmelman’s watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are filled with lively pups, but even their antics may not be enough to hold readers’ attention, as the scenery never changes. While they are easy to count, apart from the thin band of color on their collars the dogs are indistinguishable from each other, making it difficult for children to determine which dog joined, or left, the chair. With the dogs being so small in relation to the page size, this is best saved for one-on-one sharing with true dachshund lovers. (Picture book. 3-5)