What Is Your Dog Doing?
Marilyn Singer
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What Is Your Dog Doing?

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  17 reviews
This colorful, young read-aloud about all things canine is doggone fun. Woof!

Sit. Stay. Roll Over. But, dogs can do so much more than that! Sledding. Shedding. Inspecting. Protecting. Paddling laps. Dancing? Perhaps! Be it a working dog or a playing dog, man’s best friend can be pretty darn busy. This energetic, rhyming text paired with vibrant, playful illustrat...more
ebook, 32 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Nov 01, 2011 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
Dogs do lots of things, and this rhyming picture book illustrates many of them. The illustrations are vibrantly colored and simple, showing such dog activities and/or duties as, "Dog that knows the way to guide[.] Dog that knows just where to hide". Each dog that is pictured is different from the others making this a fun book for dog lovers.
Fun, colorful pictures and spare, rhyming text make this a good title to recommend for dog loving families with young children to share together. I probably wouldn't use it for storytime, as the pictures really deserve a longer look to explore and talk about the funny antics of the pups.
A pretty simple book that describes different things a dog is doing using rhyming. The pictures are kind of small. A short, quick read.
There isn't much that dogs can't do, and this appealing picture book shows them at their best--herding sheep--and their worst--chewing up a chair. In simple rhyming text and digital illustrations all sorts of dogs bounce across the pages, begging for treats, swimming, shedding, and even resting. Some of the words such as "chauffered," "brilliant," and "scheming" (unpaginaged) will be hard for early readers, but having the chance to think about what their own dog is doing will make the effort wor...more
Cute rhyming text about what dogs are doing. The colorful artwork and fun situations will charm preschoolers and early readers. Recommended for public library collections.

My favorite spread was 'Dog dreaming. Dog scheming.' One dog is dreaming of cupcakes while another is pulling a cupcake of the table. Great opening!
The titular question usually leads to a discussion that you aren't quite ready to have yet with your child, so the text comes as a little surprise. Cute rhyming pattern. Good choice for a storytime about dogs.
I have such a soft spot for illustrations of dogs with huge, adorable eyes, and this book is chock full of them. My favorite illustration is on the page that reads, "Dog wired/ Dog tired." Adorable.
I like the vibrant illustrations and the original rhyming schemes. I think this would be a great one to use to build vocabulary.
Rhyming text using unique words for preschoolers ("scheming"; "wired") as illustrations show the dog doing doggy things.
Kim Patton
Simple phrases and colorful illustrations tell different things dogs do. Great for preschoolers.
Nice couplets. "Brilliant dog that loves to herd/Famous dog that gets chauffeured"
Colby Sharp
Nice early reader picture book. Great text support comes from the pictures.
Storytime theme: dogs, pets.

Skill rhyming, vocabulary.

A pleasant read, with charming illustrations.
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Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx (New York City) on October 3, 1948 and lived most of her early life in N. Massapequa (Long Island), NY. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds a B.A. in English from Queens and an M.A. in Communications from New York University.

In 1974, after teaching English in New York City hig...more
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