SOME DOG! by Mary Casanova


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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In this well-written story, George is an older Bassett Hound who enjoys a sedate life: resting on the couch, napping in the hammock and quietly riding on the center seat of his owners’ fishing boat. When a scruffy stray dog joins the household, life changes for everyone, but most of all for George. The new dog receives the name Zippity for his high-energy antics, and he amazes everyone except George with his tricks and peppy personality. In a wonderfully dramatic climax, Zippity runs away during a thunderstorm and gets stuck in a swamp, but George uses his superb tracking skills to find and rescue the frightened little dog. The two canines return home together in a satisfying conclusion to claim their own special roles in the family. Hoyt’s enjoyable pencil-and-watercolor illustrations include lots of action scenes and a variety of perspectives and formats to add to the volume’s appeal. His polished illustrations create distinct personalities for the two dogs, with big, laid-back George contrasting nicely with tiny, wiry Zippity. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-374-37133-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Melanie Kroupa/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2007


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