NAME THAT DOG! by Peggy Archer

NAME THAT DOG!

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Bright, colorful, humorous pictures show pups in action and why they received the names they did, from Aspen to Zipper. Identifications of dog breeds, sometimes hard to recognize, accompany the poems (doggerel, by and large: Houdini “wriggles from collars / and runs around free. / He unties the knots / from the rope on the tree”). Young pup fanciers might enjoy both Buscema’s retro-style art and the names that describe the dogs. Fun—but with a caveat or two. Aside from an egregious verb-form error (“lay” for “lie” in “Aspen”), sometimes the verses are hard to scan for easy reading. Take, for example, these lines: “If you have a white dog, / whatever the size, / Make sure that you’re always aware— / if they like white T-shirts / or sleeping on blankets, / they sometimes can give you a scare!” Scansion here and in other selections simply twists the tongue, an unfortunate choice for verses intended for preschoolers. (Picture book/poetry. 3-5)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3322-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2010




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