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Dog Wants to Play

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  133 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Dog wants to play. When? Today! But no one will play with Dog. Not the chick or the lamb, the calf or the pig. Poor Dog! Isn?t there one playmate who will play with Dog all day long? With its structure of rhyme and repetition, this is the perfect book to prepare children for reading, and Jeff Mack?s exuberant and funny pictures will keep them turning the pages to enjoy the ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Jun 21, 2014 Hilary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baby-toddler
A sweet little book for toddlers with simple, repetitive phrases.

The pictures are wonderful; as the dog asks animals to play with him and they decline for their own [rhyming] reasons, he gets more and more despondent until he finds the right playmate. The pictures are uncluttered, so it's easy to play "Where's the cat?" or "Where's the ball?"
Oct 18, 2016 Asho rated it liked it
L is all about puppies right now, so she was pleased with this library book. We both enjoyed the repetition: "Dog want to play. When? Today!"
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Sep 07, 2016 Pug Cake rated it liked it
Cute idea. Dumb rhymes.
The Book Box
Re-read 1/6/16: Mama read this to me today before my nap. I tried to read along with her by repeating "Today!" about when puppy wanted to play.

Originally read 6/13/15: I got this in the mail from the Imagination Library yesterday! I was so excited to pull it from the mailbox. Mama read it to me today. I liked the illustrations of the puppy - mostly when he was sad because no one would play with him.
Jun 25, 2014 Russell rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully illustrated. This gripping tale of a dog attempting to seize one of his remaining days on this cold lonely rock. The dog desires nothing more than to spend what could be his final hours on this planet playing, only to be surrounded by naysayers and cowards. Dog, eternally hopeful, perseveres.
Feb 02, 2010 Kristen rated it liked it
Great for storytime! "Dog wants to play. When? Today!" Dog asks all kinds of animals on the farm to play in this rhyming story full of repetition. All the animals say no, but in the end a little boy says yes. Cute, cuddly art.
Sep 25, 2013 Mandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Dog searches the farm for someone to play with him. The repetitive phrases and playful rhyming make this a read-aloud must for my PreK students (especially the bilingual class who need to hear books with repetition).
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Mar 28, 2016 Traci Bold rated it really liked it
A picture book proving that kids are dogs best friends. All of the other animals do not share dog's exuberance for play time.

Great repetition for the emerging reader. Delightful story with the perfect ending.

Written by Christine McDonnell and illustrated by Jeff Mack. Published by Viking Books.
May 23, 2014 Whitney rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-toddler
M daughter liked this book a lot. The pictures were cute and the simple repetitive phrases kept her attention.
Rebecca Waack
This book is about a dog who wants to play with all kinds of animals. No one will play with him until he finds a young boy. The dog and the boy spend the day playing ball.
Nov 05, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Cute story and illustrations. We read this book on where they donate books to communities in need.
Feb 15, 2012 Janin rated it liked it
A good book for young children. And a good early reader. Brightly colored. And very easy to share the idea of different animal noises as each of the farm critters is introduced.
Mar 12, 2014 Agt rated it it was amazing
Loved going through the repetitive scheme of dog asking to play and being told no, while finding the "friend" on each page would eventually say yes. Great pictures!
Deana Pittman
Oct 26, 2012 Deana Pittman rated it really liked it
Abbi really liked this one. The rhyming was good for her to figure out the unknown words and the story line itself was really good. He finally found someone to play!
Oct 23, 2009 Allison rated it liked it
Perfect for beginning readers. Simple animal names, rhymes, bright colorful pictures. Would use in storytime!!
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