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Dog Day

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Ben and Ellie have a new teacher. But wait a minute – the new teacher is a dog named Riff! With Riff in charge, reading, writing, and arithmetic are abandoned in favor of lessons in barking, scratching, and digging holes – and Ben, Ellie, and their friends couldn’t be happier. Then Mrs. Pink, the principal, comes to check on the class. What will she think of their dog day? ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Hayes, S. (2008). Dog Day. New York: Brubaker & Ford Ltd.


Dog Day is the surrealist tale of a class of humans being taught by a dog. The dog is in no way humanized, but stays true to his doggie self. Ben and Ellie, the featured children, learn to sniff, wag their tails, bark, growl, etc. It very carefully sneaks around requiring the human characters to eat dog food or go to, ah-hem, relieve themselves as dogs would.

The illustrations are vibrant and support the text well, while incor
Meg McGregor
A new teacher is at school and he is a dog! Yes, a dog!

Soon, the curriculum changes from reading, writing, and arithmetic, to barking, panting, sleeping, eating, growling, etc.

I think I would like to attend a dog day!
What would you learn in school if your teacher were a dog? How to be a dog of course! This is a silly, interactive book that the kids had fun with. Good for lapsit & family story times.
Cute and funny. Kids could totally act this one out along with it being read aloud.

The picture of everyone wagging their bottom is priceless.

And I'm glad it just skirts around the issue of dog poo. I'm over crassness. Crassness is out in '09.

I love the idea of this book, you can have the listeners act out the different actions of the dog. But it is a bit quirky. Great for having children use their imaginations! Best used for the school age crowd.
This is just crass, there's nothing about it I like. The children go to school and discover their teacher is a dog so they learn to wag their "tails," bark, and yes, lift their legs.
really fun to read with a preschooler--my daughter really enjoyed the premise that a dog could be the teacher in her class, as she acted out the different dog antics.

what if a 'dog' is your teacher?
involves many body actions!
fun to read at first week of school! :)

very creative!
animal fun:)
I didn't like the illustrations, but I like the text...might be funny for a class visit, if you can convince them to participate.
"dogs, read-aloud, school, excellent movement for storytime, dog is the substitute teacher, kids follow all actions"
another mediocre picture book. dog "teaches" class and the kids learn to growl, sniff, scratch, etc.
Ecl  Storytellers
A whole book about acting like a dog. Great idea to get kids moving in storytime.

Ben and Ellie's class has a new teacher, and it's a dog named Riff!
Susan Bazzett-griffith
Adam says, "I liked everything about this book. Period."
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