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I Want a Dog

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Every kid wants one, but few are as persistent and inventive about getting one – or a substitute for one – as little May. It seems to little May that everybody has a dog except her. She tries everything, even bringing one home, with no success. Then one day she accidentally discovers that a rollerskate can act like a dog, almost, so she works at acquiring the technical ski ...more
Paperback, 24 pages
Published February 7th 1994 by Tundra Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, try, try again you might enjoy yourself anyway. In a quiet explosion of colour, character and creativity, this book tells us how.

Links mentioned:

* Georges Seurat: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
* Archived Sketches (Library and Archives of Canada)

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* Victor and Christabel
* Dogs’ Night

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Love the book and the NFB film as well but it's really the back story that is what rocks for me as Khlasa takes us back into her childhood in the 50s - together with Tales of a Gambling Grandma, My Family Vacation, How Pizza Came to Our Town and Cowboy Dreams we have a swell collection of books - sadly Tundra has let most of them go out of print

Jan/14 Khalsa's book still rocks each and every time I re-read it - and her illustrations are just magical - full of such exquisite detail
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I am reading When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Perl with third graders. They found this book and shared it with me. The little girl in this can give Zelly a bit of a run for her money in the "I want a dog" competition. Fun that they found the connection.
Jan 30, 2009 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jackie by: Jennine T.
May wants a dog more than anything else in the world. She begs, she pleads, she whines, she tries to make her parents see her need for a dog. Not until she makes an imaginary dog out of a roller skate and responsibly cares for the dog does her family agree that she is "old enough" to have a pet.
Lisa Vegan
The pictures in this book are amazing, especially if you’re a Seurat fan, which I am. I like the story too. I always wanted a dog when I was a kid.
Dec 26, 2011 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a dog!
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