SHOW DOG by Megan McCarthy


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Age Range: 6 - 8
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What makes a dog a Champion? The eye of the beholder, of course—as McCarthy demonstrates on several levels in this short, comic paean. Ed may be slovenly, slobbery, and clueless when it comes to doing tricks, but to the similar-in-many-regards Hubble family, he’s an obvious contestant for the local dog show—despite the scorn of Mr. Pitt, proud proprietor of Princess, the pampered poodle. Come the show, Princess takes First Prize, while Ed only stops for a squat before bounding off to sow general chaos. Never ones to hold a grudge, the Hubbles take both dogs out for a celebratory dinner, and in a happily-ever-after final spread, are seen driving past with a carful of mixed-breed puppies. McCarthy gives both dogs and (with a couple of exceptions) people the same pop-eyed, friendly look in her big, simple pictures. Ed and the Hubbles will delight young readers, particularly “Henry and Mudge” fans. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-670-03688-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2003


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