THE LITTLE BLUE DOGGY by Lionel Daunais

THE LITTLE BLUE DOGGY

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A loosely knit doggy meets his demise when his parents lock him in the bathroom closet for the day.

Based on the 2010 traditional book of the same name (which was based on the original song written by Daunais in the 1950s), this story chronicles the plight of Snag, whose parents banish him to a closet while they go to the park to observe humans in cages. The abandoned pup cries and eventually falls asleep, only to be almost completely eaten by a million tiny mites that leave only his tail. When Snag’s parents return and find that he’s been devoured, his mother uses her knitting needles to reconstruct him (begging the question, “Is it really the same dog since it’s a new ball of yarn?”) The song is super peppy, which—when combined with the warped storyline—is reminiscent of an antidepressant commercial that plays cheery music while the narrator reads all of the medication’s ghastly side effects. Illustrations are strikingly colorful and display beautifully on the iPad screen, but none of them are the least bit interactive in nature. “Watch” mode functions like a video (with very minor animation in places); “read” is silent with manual page turns; "sing" is karaoke with pictures.

A decent offering in terms of music and illustrations, but the bizarre storyline and the complete lack of interaction sink the ship. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)


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Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 2012
Publisher: The Secret Mountain
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2012




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