ANY KIND OF DOG by Lynn Reiser

ANY KIND OF DOG

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Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

 From a psychiatrist who debuted with Bedtime Cat (1991), another story constructed on a repetitive pattern, but with a stronger story and a more satisfying conclusion. Richard wants a dog, but his mother says it'd be too much trouble; instead, she gets him other animals, each resembling one of the dogs in the book he's always reading (the mouse looks like a Chihuahua) and each larger than the last (the pony looks like a Great Dane). At last, Richard has his way--and the dog is ``a lot of trouble, but it was worth it.'' The conclusion is realistic--though the dog is real, all the other animals turn out to be toys. Unpretentious but amusingly expressive, Reiser's bright pen-and-watercolor illustrations tell much of the story, while the very simple phrases in the text get funnier with each dogged repetition-- readers are sure to chortle at the idea that a bear, and even a lion, could be less trouble than a dog. A promising readaloud. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 27th, 1992
ISBN: 0-688-10914-4
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1992




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