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Dear Hot Dog

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  97 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Whether it’s slurping up spaghetti or catching some sun at the beach, the everyday wonders celebrated in this collection of poems will appeal to young readers.

Cleverly crafted by Mordicai Gerstein, Dear Hot Dog follows three friends from the time they wake up and brush their teeth to when they snuggle up for bed with their favorite stuffed animal. In between playing outsid...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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538pm_juliejanowitz
This picture book contains poems about everyday objects that three friends encounter throughout their day. I love this book! I was smiling the whole time I was reading it. Gerstein cleverly personifies pants and toes through his plays on words and riddles. Colorful illustrations light up the pages of this already colorful book. With every turning page comes another laugh, another clever display of writing. The audience for Dear Hot Dog is children ages 6-9. I would use this book for a read aloud...more
538pm_sarahszymanski
Summary: In this skillfully crafted collection of poems about ‘everyday stuff’, readers can follow three friends through a myriad of daily doings. Whether they are eating breakfast, flying kites, or swimming these kids question, observe, and discover as they take part in their own daily adventures from morning til’ night!

The beautiful illustrations and silly images these poems produce will make this book an easy favorite for children. Because of the complex rhythm and lack of rhyme in these poe...more
Kelly Tromburg Frisk
As the tells us, this poetry text is about "everyday stuff". It follows three young friends through their day and details their fascination and appreciation for different common things in their lives. From feet, and toothbrushes to pillows and spaghetti, you will be delighted to read this poetry by a Caldecott medal winner.

Many of the poems tucked in, on, and around the illustrations have clever structures, such as the "Summer Sun" versed in the rays of the sun, or the style of the personified...more
Barbara
Folks who think that poetry must be written about nature, love or philosophy will be in for a surprise with this book with its 22 poems inspired by ordinary everydat experiences. The poem titles themselves are brief, one or two words, and the author ponders the daily experiences of a toothbrush in "Toothbrush," the joy of warm socks on a winter's day in "Socks," the comfort of imagining adventures while tucked safely inside on a rainy day in "Rain," and the utter delight of devouring spaghetti i...more
Suzanne
Three friends spend a whole day thinking about their daily lives in the form of poems. From brushing teeth in the morning to playing, eating and sleeping again, they will inspire young readers to think in new ways.

A curriculum connection for this book would be to use it in an introductory English unit on poetry as an example of non-rhyming poems.

Some of these poems I liked more than others. But they all seemed to be from an authentic child-like voice and I will say, the ones I liked I really lik...more
Terri
Gerstein's latest book is a celebration of the commonplace in childhood. The poems are all written from the child's perspective and focus on everyday objects and activities as three children progress through their day. Most of the individual poems feature personification as the child narrator speaks directly to the subject while a few express the child's joy and wonder at the subject without personifying it, and teachers will find it a good tool for helping children understand the poetic device....more
Emerson
Great book of poetry about every day items and experiences such as toes, spaghetti, hot dogs, the treasures in one's pockets…
This book inspired last night's dinner of buttered noodles with freshly grated parmesan reggiano. He loves it.
Katie Fitzgerald
Gerstein's poems bring poetry to kids in their day-to-day lives, where they are mostly likely to find meaning in it. Poetry can seem like an intimidating foreign language, even to kids who like to read, but this book makes it easier to decode by using familiar scenes and experiences as its basis. There are a few weaker poems in the collection where not much new is said, but the truly wonderful ones more than make up for that. The cover and title also put me off somewhat, but opening to even just...more
babyhippoface
I really didn't like this book. Something about his imagery gave me the creeps. Example, from the very first poem, about toothpaste: "...you go to work in the foamy, pink cave of my mouth...." Um...gross. Seriously. The endings of several other poems seemed very abrupt, like they didn't fit. They just seemed to be tacked on to the end. Let me be clear, though: it takes a lot for me to like a book of poetry. A lot. Must make me laugh out loud or tear up, pretty much, or I'm just not impressed. An...more
Jeremey Olson
This book is about what you do everyday or most days. this book describes everyday things such as Toothbrush, pants, toes, socks, shoes, cups, bowls, kites, air, water, summer sun, hot dogs, ice cream cones, leaves, rain, books, crayons, scissors, spaghetti, bears, light and pillows. I goes through three kids and it takes about the different ways these items are used. Read this great book and you will to learn a new use for something in the book.

Gerstein, M. (2011). Dear hot dog. New York: Abra...more
Heidi
I am not much of one for poetry, so I'm not the best judge there. Some clicked with me and some did not. My favorite was the hot dog poem. The best part for me was taking sometimes taking ordinary things and showing a slightly different perspective. It made the book fun. I think the book works well as a Beehive nominee, though I wonder how kids will respond to it. Will they just see the fun twist of the poems' subjects, or will they get a little lost/bored with some poems that get a bit wordy an...more
Stacy Ford
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Erin
Poetry about things that kids know like their toes and hot dogs. Does every poem work for me, educated adult reader? No. But that's fine--this book is great for what it does--introduce kids to the imagination and creativity of poetry in an accessible way and adds childlike observations like "You're nothing like worms" in an ode to spaghetti.

"Books" is my favorite poem in the book, of course.
Katie
Adorable.
Laura
A collection of poetry written about everyday objects life feet, a bowl, and crayons. Younger readers will enjoy a read aloud of the poems and Gerstein's quirky appreciation. A good addition to a strong and varied poetry collection. While this title has the potential to be a fun teaching tool, I don't see it being a popular choice for independent reading.
Miri
I kept avoiding this one because it's poetry. Why do I keep avoiding poetry? This one is brilliant. I love the illustrations, but the poems themselves are just genius, addressed to everyday household objects like toothbrushes and socks, as well as things in nature like leaves and the sun and light. They're funny, so kids will like them. So much fun.
Pat Marrujo
I enjoyed the simplicity of this book, but not the details.

It is a collection of poems about a simple subject like Hot Dogs, the suns, shoes etc...

Some are better than others, so it has the ability to appeal to a wide range of interests. I also didn't enjoy the weird sketch artwork. I feel it is too busy and draws unwanted attention
Jennifer Kaap
Lovely poems about everyday things a child encounters (toothbrush, socks, air, spaghetti, etc.) I was hooked with the first poem about a toothbrush: "All night/dozing in your holder/you wait for for me./I give you toothpaste for breakfast,/mint,/your favorite flavor..." Sigh. Pretty AND fun!
Angie
I liked some more than others but on the whole this was a great book of poetry that kids will enjoy.

Because come on. It's July. Haven't we all had (or at least craved?) that perfect hot dog?

Or on the other end of the spectrum ... experienced the joy of fuzzy socks on a cold winter day?

Jesika La Bryer
Copyright 2011
This books is full of single and double page layouts containing different poems. It is very kid friendly about clothing, food and objects. Some poems are displayed in unique ways. One poem is about the sun and the poem lines are shaped into a sun, with the verses being the rays.
Tracy Hora
Love it! I am going to use it for students who are studying poetry. It is great for visualizing. The students can guess what object the poem is about. Many of them don't say the actual object in the poem. It should be fun.
JoanVictoria
I admit I don't know much about poetry, but it doesn't seems like the poems in this book should be called poems. Maybe with the exception of a few, many of the poems didn't seem to rhyme or have a poetic flow.
Melissa
The cover had me ready for some kind of inventive tale--instead this is a mishmash of prosaic daily-life poems. I did like the idea of someone missing their toes during the long winter, though!
Cathy Blackler
I love poetry created from everyday objects and situations. This book does not disappoint, and would be a great way to introduce poetry and poetry writing, to students.
Andrea Wilkinson
Great intro to poetry book! I love the way this book's type is varied to go along with each individual poem. Wonderful personification throughout!
Breanna Mecham
Super cute poems! We checked this book out from the library and after reading it I decided that we had to own it! I will be buying this book soon!
Tom
A nice collection of poems celebrating the everyday things that make life interesting. The art wasn't terribly engaging.
Edward Sullivan
Appealingly illustrated collection of pleasant poems about delighting in everyday pleasures.
Claire
Best for 3-5 years old, vocabulary and print motivation. Good introduction to poetry.
Patty
Joyful book of poetry bursting with energy as 3 mates journey through the day.
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Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children’s books from the library: “I looked...more
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