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Skinny Brown Dog

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A charming story about an unlikely friendship by National Book Award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt
Benny the baker leads a simple life. He makes delicious cakes, cookies and muffins, and keeps his customers well fed and happy. When a skinny brown dog shows up on Benny's doorstep, nothing Benny says can convince him to go away. While Benny insists that the dog isn't h
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Henry Holt & Company (first published 2007)
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I liked the story itself but I couldn't get past the illustrations. All of the other characters are ANIMALS but the dog is still a pet who can't talk but then he starts to wear clothes? And why will a hospital allow a bear, an elephant and a squirrel but not a dog??? The illustrations totally distracted me. I would have really liked it if the characters were people and took in a dog. Maybe a kid won't care but it totally messed with my head.
I liked this story, but I have a problem with the illustrations: the story is about a baker who won't allow a stray dog into his bakery. As time goes on, he feeds him more and more and thinks about him more and more, and when a crisis happens, the dog saves the day and the baker takes him into his home. Lovely little story, but what I don't understand is this -- the people in the story are represented as animals in clothing: the baker is a bear, Mrs. Patterson is an elephant, the children are as ...more
The Library Lady
I hate to diss a book by Kimberly Willis Holt, who has written some amazing books. But sadly, this isn't one of them.
The internal logic of this book doesn't match the artwork.Benny the Baker says "dogs aren't allowed". Later the nurse says the hospital is "no place for dogs" Why? It sounds like some sort of racial prejeudice. If elephants and penguins and porcupines are fine, why not dogs? It's not even as if "Brownie" is clearly a pet dog, as is "Pal"in the "Arthur" books--he stands on his hind
A sweet story of a lonely baker and a stray dog, Skinny Brown Dog allows the characters to interact in ways that are believable and touching. Younger readers might be confused about dogs not being allowed inside even though the entire town is populated with anthropomorphic animals--polar bears, squirrels, elephants, skunks, birds, etc. I don't quite understand the rationale for using animals, either, for that reason. The text demands only that the dog be a dog; no other characters are defined.
Hmmm...I think someone else already wrote this in their's kind of weird that the dog is the only animal portrayed AS an animal...I didn't get it and Robby wasn't crazy about it either. Pass.
I have decided to try to keep a list of childrens' book that I have loved over the years. The message that this book send makes me hopeful and teary-eyed as many animal books do.
This story is delightful! Both the boys love it. And I think the art is fantastic. The skinny brown dogs's personality shines through more than any other character.
Jen H.
I love any story where a dog finds a good home and a new friend. This also reminded me of Library Lion. Great story, cute illustrations!!!
Youth Services
This is the perfect, heartwarming story for Tales with Tails! Loved it!!! JD
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Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series, including Piper Reed, Navy Brat, Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen, and Piper Reed, Rodeo Star. She has written many award-winning novels, including The Water Seeker and My Louisiana Sky, as well as the picture books Waiting for Gregory and Skinny Brown Dog. A former Navy brat herself, Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over th ...more
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