DOZENS OF DACHSHUNDS

A COUNTING, WOOFING, WAGGING BOOK

Dachshunds descend in a parade that celebrates their adorableness.

A pack of delightful dachshunds (one of which informs readers dachshund is pronounced “DOX-hund”) dashes down the street on their way to a Dachshund Day celebration. This story is also a counting book, from one “dashing dachshund,” two “cheery dachshunds,” three “dazzling dachshunds,” and on up to 10 “super dachshunds.” The delightful doggos are dressed up for their big day in a wild variety of outfits, including doggie tuxedos, royal robes, ice cream–cone costumes, the hot dogs they’re nicknamed after, and more! The cartoon art portrays dachshunds in all their diverse glory, categorized in a helpful glossary at the end. There are dachshunds with smooth, longhaired, and wirehaired coats. There are standard, miniature, and the lesser-known rabbit dachshunds. There are dachshunds of many colors and patterns. The multitudinous types of dachshunds are not the only diversity in the book. There is nearly as much seen among the children who are taking part, including children of different races and a brown-skinned child in a wheelchair that appears more than once (that child’s dachshund is dressed up as a book). There’s also a doxie that uses wheels.

A parade of charm. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: June 29, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5476-0222-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: March 31, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2021

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Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it.

YOUR BABY'S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA

A succession of animal dads do their best to teach their young to say “Dada” in this picture-book vehicle for Fallon.

A grumpy bull says, “DADA!”; his calf moos back. A sad-looking ram insists, “DADA!”; his lamb baas back. A duck, a bee, a dog, a rabbit, a cat, a mouse, a donkey, a pig, a frog, a rooster, and a horse all fail similarly, spread by spread. A final two-spread sequence finds all of the animals arrayed across the pages, dads on the verso and children on the recto. All the text prior to this point has been either iterations of “Dada” or animal sounds in dialogue bubbles; here, narrative text states, “Now everybody get in line, let’s say it together one more time….” Upon the turn of the page, the animal dads gaze round-eyed as their young across the gutter all cry, “DADA!” (except the duckling, who says, “quack”). Ordóñez's illustrations have a bland, digital look, compositions hardly varying with the characters, although the pastel-colored backgrounds change. The punch line fails from a design standpoint, as the sudden, single-bubble chorus of “DADA” appears to be emanating from background features rather than the baby animals’ mouths (only some of which, on close inspection, appear to be open). It also fails to be funny.

Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 9, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-250-00934-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Review Posted Online: April 15, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2015

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This ambitious, interactive exploration of color will be of particular appeal to dog lovers.

COLOR DOG

A chunky board book about colors features photographs of dogs and incorporates many interactive elements.

Even the front cover of this title is interactive. Pull a large red tab, and a bulldog’s head moves back and forth as he chews on the shoelace of a red tennis shoe. Inside, further interactive features, rhyming text, and illustrations featuring cute pups and their adorable antics await. For example, the orange pages offer a collage of pumpkins, autumn foliage, puppies, and a cat, reading: “Orange the patch of pumpkins, / Orange the autumn leaves, / Orange the frumpy, napping cat… / that I chase up a tree.” One of the pumpkins is a flap that conceals the face of a precious pup, and another, larger flap hides a pop-up tree branch on which an orange kitty perches. Other pages incorporate some more noxious surprises, such as: “Green the swamp I love to swim in, / Green the summer grass, / Green the color of the air… / when my dog food gives me gas.” Pull the tab here to trigger a large green cloud that emanates from the back end of a suitably embarrassed-looking basset hound.

This ambitious, interactive exploration of color will be of particular appeal to dog lovers. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4814-4986-1

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 21, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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