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Dog Loves Drawing

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Dog loves books, but one day he receives a strange one in the mail—it's blank! Soon, Dog realizes that this book is not for reading, but for drawing. Before long, Dog is doodling and drawing himself into a new world, full of friends and surprises.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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The artist’s choice for bright colors grabs your attention in ““Dog Loves Drawing” by Louise Yates author and illustrator. Each color pencil drawing continued the story further and further. The childlike drawings give it a great touch; since the dog and his friends are suppose to be the ones drawing. The first drawings started really basic as if to suggest that the dog did not really now how to draw as hinted in the reading. The illustrations show lots of doodling (tally marks, circles, stars, h...more
The dog from Dog Loves Books returns in this new book. Dog receives a book from his Aunt Dora, but discovers that there are no words or pictures in it. Accompanying the gift is a note from his aunt stating, "May the lines you draw open a door to some wonderful adventures." Dog gets out his drawing tools and the first thing he draws is a door. From there he draws some companions who help dog draw some fun adventures. I'm already thinking of some ideas for a storytime using this as one of the book...more
WE already knew thatDog Loves Books. So it won't come as much of a surprise when we see references to a whole slew of beloved children's books. There's some Harold and the Purple Crayon, some Where the Wild Things Are, some The Monster at the End of this Book. No doubt there are many more, but the book is at home, and these are all I can remember. It's a good book about drawing, and creativity, and it's beautifully done: I went back through it again to skip the text and just appreciate the diffe...more
The Library Lady
Hmm...wonder if Dog has a copy of Harold and the Purple Crayon at that bookstore of his....
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week. He likes dogs and drawing.

I like this idea of this book. I just don't think it was executed well. For one thing, this book is too long -- it meanders. It is actually two books cobbled together, and not cleanly grafted.

For a better book about creative dogs, there is My Dog Thinks I'm a Genius. For a better book about the power of the imagination and a crayon in someone's hand, there is the classic, Harold and the Purple Crayo...more
Jan 08, 2013 Alison added it
I love Dog!

We first met Dog when he loved books so much he opened up a bookstore in Dog Loves Books, which has become one of my staple book-gifts for children. In Louise Yates's new book, Dog receives a new book, a gift from his Aunt, but this one is blank!

Dog starts out with simple doodles, but soon enough the creative juices are flowing and he and his friends go on a journey reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Dog had so much fun drawing and creating his own book, he even drew a spec...more
The charming dog from Dog Loves Books returns in this second story. When dog receives a blank book in the mail, he’s not sure what to do with it. Then he sees the note from his Aunt Dora that told him it was a sketchbook and wished him wonderful adventures. The first thing that Dog drew was a door, he walked through it and then drew a stickman and a duck. The duck drew an owl and the owl drew a crab. Then everyone started drawing until they wondered what else to do. Dog then drew a train and the...more
Dog Loves Drawing is such a funny little book, full of adventure, packed with silliness and not forgetting friendships! The storyline is brilliant, it is fast paced and lets little ones imaginations run wild. The amazing little illustrations will keep you highly entertained throughout. My daughter is a little artist, so she loved watching Dog's little doodles come to life when he stepped into the page. The authors writing is great, very engaging and extremely exciting. Dog Loves Drawing is a rea...more
Oct 05, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We read Dog Loves Books and I loved that Dog could become so engrossed in the books he read. So when we saw this book available at our local library, I just knew our girls would love it, since they love to draw.

This is a fun tale that depicts Dog, once again, becoming completely immersed in his activity, this time drawing. The story is fun and the illustrations are colorful and really complement the story nicely.

We really enjoyed reading this book together and we'll look for more books by Loui...more
The Dog who loves books is back. When Aunt Dora sends him a gift of a blank book for drawing, he creates animal friends to play games with, and then a train and a boat to take them places. The illustrations are bright and child like and the text is simple and fun to read aloud.
Oh ... Dog is back. And he gets to go on a fun adventure!

This could be a fun introduction to "writing" for little ones who don't quite have the letter formation/spelling/handwriting skills to express the stories their heads can create. They may not be able to write the word "train" but they can try drawing one. Practice expressing their stories whatever way they can express them will give them the confidence and skills to transfer over to writing when the time comes.

The book could also be used...more
This isn't a review for the fact that unlike Cinderella skeleton or zombie love this one isn't "geared" toward any reason for me to review it(beautiful art, cute details ect). But I had to comment on this. This book brought on some nostalgia for me See growing up I had a box set of books one of those books was " Mouse's magic paints: A first book for colors" (I was three or four at the time this book has a similar feel the artwork of Dog and his surroundings was well done and I loved the colorfu...more
Picture books starring dogs are always a good idea, and this one is lovely. Dog loves to read (he even owns a book shop!) and when he receives the gift of a drawing pad, he quickly fills the pages with friends and they head off to adventures that spill all over the pages and practically right out of the book. Dog saves them all from a monster by drawing a door and then drawing locks to keep the monster out.
A great story for kids who love to draw and a fun story for adults to share with kids. Ad...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Dog of Dog Loves Books is back. He still loves books, but one day his aunt Dora sends him a present, a sketchbook. Dog soon discovers another love--drawing.

What I thought: Another hit from Louise Yates. Dog is still lovable. The adventures he takes with his new sketchbook are so imaginative. I think Dog Loves Drawing will encourage children to go on drawing adventures of their own. All the illustrations are great. I can't pick a favorite.

Story Time Themes: Dogs, Art
Dog Loves Drawing is an imaginative and fun read about Dog who becomes immersed in his sketchbook, stepping into another world as he draws. The illustrations are simple yet adorable. Lousie Yates created a three dimensional characters within a one dimensional landscape. This would be a fantastic read aloud to share with your kiddo or a classroom full of them. Kids will be racing to grab their own paper and pencils and start creating. Loved it!
What happens when dog opens up a package from Aunt Dora? Given a splendid sketchbook, pens, pencils, brushes-tools to open up a new door Dog draws a stickman who was so much fun, he draws a duck. Duck drawls owl, owl draws crab and soon they are off on adventures riding on a train, rowing on a boat and eating drawn lunches. However, a drawn paradise island isn't what it's drawn out to be, especially when an unexpected guest materializes.
Sandy Brehl
Dog loves books and has a books store (Dog Loves Books, Yates) but he receives a blank book, a sketch book from his aunt. Lovely preparation begins with labeled tools, then a wild adventure ensues (think of Harold and the Purple Crayon on steroids). A wonderful title to pair with the Harold titles, with Reynolds Creatrilogy titles, with Doodler Doodling (Gelman/Zelinsky), and so many others celebrating imagination.
Dichotomy Girl
I'm giving this 5 stars on my 2 year old's behalf. We got this from the library and she pretty much wants to read it constantly.
A gift arrives for dog and it is a sketchbook. Not sure what to do he starts doodling and adding characters and adding scenes. The story is playful and the pictures are bright and fun. This story would work well with many different levels of students. One idea is to share it during art class as a way to show a starting point. Where do ideas come from? Writing is brainstorming and art is doodling.
Mary Ann
When Dog receives a blank journal in the mail, Dog is a bit curious. He draws a door and steps through it. As with Harold, each thing that Dog draws comes to life, showing young readers how their creativity can bring them to new places. Dog draws himself a few friends to join him, and they set off on an adventure that’s sure to bring giggles and gasps. A true delight.
Evelyn Matias
This book is a must have in your classroom library! This is a great book about imagination and taking your love for reading into a love for writing. How such an amazing story can be created when given blank pages to work with. This book is great for those children who are nervous to write there own story, it can build confidence in our writers. It's awesome!
Joe really enjoyed this one, particularly the monster.
Meg Allison
  May the lines you draw open a door to some wonderful adventures.

Inspired to doodle, precocious dog unleashes his creativity and creates an adventure reminiscent in parts of Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, Weisner's The Three Little Pigs and Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon and yet wholly unique.
What an absolutely delightful and imaginative book! The illustrations are beautiful and the story is simple. It does involve the reader to imagine a world of doodle and my 3 year old loved it. As a mother, my favorite part was the "thank you letter". Never too early to teach kids the importance of thank you notes

I like the books that encourage children to not only think outside the box, but show expressive ways to journal. As a book and art lover, and a mother of book and art loving children, we enjoyed the story. My daughter was inspired to create her own door with a story inside.
The gift of a blank sketch book from his Aunt Dora inspires Dog to draw his very own adventure. Fans of Dog Loves Books will be pleased with this charming follow-up, and fans of Harold and the Purple Crayon will enjoy meeting another picture book hero passionate about drawing.
Harold and the Purple Crayon was one of my favorite books when I was little, so this book appealed to me. A dog who owns a bookshop and loves to draw and use his imagination - could it get any better?! A sweet, gentle read, suitable for any audience.
Christine Ridout
I love this book because it encourages children to use their imaginations and draw all kinds of fun things. It’s also fun to read. Dog—who is unnamed—receives a sketchbook from his Aunt Dora. The sketchbook opens possibilities for a variety of adventures.
Diana Pettis
I read this story to Xander tonight. It got me thinking that some children are very reluctant to write and that through drawing first they are able to get stories down on the page. This is the big idea from this story. Good for emergent readers.
Lyndsey Hurm
This would be a great book to have in a classroom! I would read this to students along with "Wreck this Journal" to give students confidence in writing and drawing. This book encourages students to read, write, and draw. I love it!
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