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Go, Dog. Go!

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  54,288 ratings  ·  1,027 reviews

Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of "Dr. Seuss" (Seuss was Geisel's middle name) and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: "The Cat in the Hat." The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife

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Published October 1st 2010 by Random House Children's Books (first published March 12th 1961)
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I know this is a classic and all, but I had a hard time making it through this book. It's full of needless repetition, which makes it longer than it needs to be. What's more, the plot is a mess, leaping from event to event almost randomly at times.

I respect what the author is attempting to do here, thematically. Eastman is asking bold questions about how things are related to one another. Are we a green dog or a yellow one? Is it day or night? These are big questions, and they need to be asked.
Matthew Rappelt
Truly, nothing has capture the scope of emotion that encompasses Romance such as Go Dog. Go! Part tragedy, part romantic comedy this is a love story for the ages. With such memorable wit and dialog such as the belly laugh inducing "Do you like my hat?" and the heart wrenching reply, "No I do not." You will laugh and you'll cry. It's not all romance though, the book deftly weaves in several subplots which serve as complex metaphors for various political and philosophical debates. For example, the ...more
Aug 20, 2007 Kazbot rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Igor
Go Dog Go is an exciting tale about a dog on his journey through life. It encompasses all of the major obstacles we confront in our modern western society from his first period to a heart attack at thirty. Most of the text requires use of a dictionary however if you have an internet connection available then looking up the more obscure words becomes a snap. Overall, I found the overarching message of this masterpiece insightful and full of ethically sound judgments. I would without question reco ...more
Since the school year started, I've been forced to read this to (or, more accurately, read along with) my daughter...about 4 million times.
Ok. Maybe I'm exaggerating.
She's a BIG girl now, so they have to read for 15 minutes every day after school, which I think is GREAT!
Except for the part where I have to listen to this story, and others like it, for the rest of the school year.
Yes, the end result (hopefully, a literate child) is totally worth it.
And for whatever reason, Go, Dog. Go! has become
When I first met Erika, for some long forgotten reason and situation, someone said, "Do you like my hat?"

I answered: "No. I do not." There was an awkward pause and I added, "Good-bye. Good-bye again," with some totally bizarre, guttural, kiddie voice. It became a fun inside joke for Erika and me, but for the life of us, we couldn't remember where it came from. It sounded familiar; it didn't sound me-invented, but we couldn't place it.

Then we had babes, and I picked up a bunch of board books --
Miriam Axel-lute

All of the plotlessness and pointlessness of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish but none of the wild creativity or language play.

I mean, I know an easy reader needs to have simple language, but there are tons of books that manage that without being this insipid.

And why oh why does the female dog have to win the approval of the male dog by changing her hat, until they ride off into the sunset at the end when he finally likes her hat?

I could go on. I wouldn't even bother to comment on this, exce
what a read - what a book. i'll try and finish it up this year.
Basic plot: Dogs doing things!

I know it isn't really a plot, but the book doesn't really have one. This book uses simple repetition and clear pictures to teach kids about prepositions (under, over, in, on, etc), sizes, and a few other basic concepts. The pictures are funny and have lots of details to talk about with little ones beyond the words on the page. There's a lot of good repeat factor in there because of this. I took this book on a 2-week vacation with my 5-year old and read it almost ev
Tess Anderson
Sep 20, 2007 Tess Anderson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all of humanity
i learned what opposites were. i learned that dogs have enormous parties atop trees. i learned that it is "hot out here in the sun" and that it is "not hot here under the house." and most of all, i loved that two page spread of all the dogs in the bed, and that one is lying there with those wide eyes! yeah, i like that dog.
Mar 15, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heather
A classic!
--Do you like my hat?
--No, I do not.
--Good-bye again.
--And now, do you like my hat?
[do not want to have to put a spoiler alert! so I'll stop now]
Otis Chandler
My daughter is loving this. Published in the 60's and one of the best I've found!
John Yelverton
A fun children's book, but I just wish that it had been a little bit longer.
Mark Matthews
This is my all time favorite book to read to my kids, even down to the size of the book. It uses some tricky moves to get children to learn, and its an incredible story without being a story.

Why is one dog still wide awake with his big, white eyes when the rest are asleep? What is he thinking about? And is this the same dog who is asleep when it is time for the dogs to get up? And how about playing checkers on the boat while your buddy plays guitar? Dreamy. And the poor bird crossing the street
Published in 1961, still awesome. Dogs driving cars in scarves and goggles!
This is a simple review because I'm a simple guy. Go Dog Go kicked ass. It was the sole trophy of social hierarchy in our kindergarten class. When it was book time, everybody rushed the shelves and the dominant alpha males immediately trampled the girls and other weaklings to instinctively fight (at times, nearly to the death) over GDG. Whomever lay claim to the "conch" held rule over class for the remainder of the day, only to repeat this same process day after day. Eventually the wheat was sep ...more
Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
This used to be a book my daughter often brought to me to read. It was a favorite of both of ours. She always thought it was funny when I'd act out the little scenes with the two dogs discussing hats. The boy dog never liked the girl dog's hats until the end.
You can really feel right away that this book was written in the 60's, not just because of the style of the drawings, but because it has the wacky non-linear story quality of a Peter Sellers movie. You know how in those movies there will be a bunch of non-related scenes and then suddenly everyone is dancing at a party while wearing fez hats and the movie ends? That happens in this book. Big hedonistic dog party, end film. It's just joyous and silly and lots of fun. And it doesn't matter that Ham ...more
Wait...this book isn't by Dr. Seuss:



Upon reading it, it became painfully obvious that this was no Dr. Seuss book. Being deceived like that makes me wonder if I'll read another book...

When I first read this book, I can't say I was impressed. It doesn't rhyme or move forward as well as most Dr. Seuss type books. However, now that Morgan and I have read it together 2 or 3 more times I realize how well it teaches/reinforces concepts of over/under, up/down, colors, opposites, etc. It has grown on me. I will buy this for our collection!
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Kiera Burnett
Summary and Critique: Go, Dog. Go! tells the story of dogs who are working towards some mysterious end goal. Finally, at the end of this book, we learn that the goal is a huge party of dogs up in a tree. Interestingly, all of these dogs can drive. Older readers may notice the formation of a relationship during the book. On multiple accounts, a boy and girl dog meet. Each time, the girl dog asks if the boy dog likes her hat. Each time, he says that he does not until the final elaborate hat.

Jan 23, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Lili
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
Go, Dog, Go is a little difficult for me to rate. My four year old nephew loves Go, Dog, Go. He thinks it's funny, he is entertained by the story, and it's right at his level of development. It's perfect for him, I'm sure he'd give it four stars if he knew what four stars meant.

My niece has fond memories of Go, Dog, Go from her pre-school and kindergarten days. She was ready to be fully entertained by this story tonight, but she's outgrown it, and I think she was wondering why she used to think
This book starts off strong but drags a little towards the end. I mean, come on dogs, get to the tree already! I must say, though, the action is nicely sprinkled with a few intriguing interactions between a fashion forward pup and her slightly judgmental friend. **Spoiler alert** The two friends work out their differences and find common ground in the end. All-in-all, the happily ever after dénouement is worth the stop and go foolishness of the journey to the big tree.
Claire S
Feb 12, 2009 Claire S rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids, and those who love them
Recommended to Claire by: The Seuss factor
Shelves: ever-young, fiction
My daughter and I loved this book.. coming from the paradigm of: must read book to child Every Night no matter what.. you know, as the years roll on, sometimes it's boring, often you're tired, and the books get extremely familiar, no matter how many you keep trying to buy (while staying within the budget, etc..).. It was applicable for a long time (even past it's age level, which was appreciated), and one of those where you have a whole -way- to read it, a bit of theater kinda.. and in this case ...more
My Dad read so many books to me, but this is one of the few that I remember. I still remember puzzling about what was so much better about the girl dog's hat at the end? I thought it was the ugliest hat she'd worn so far!
The illustrations of the dogs sleeping were very thought-provoking to me as well. I wondered why the one dog didn't have its eyes open. Was it sleeping with its eyes open, or staying awake all night? Why did it say,"they will sleep all night", when obviously at least one of the
Let's just have this book represent not only all of the Dr. Suess-level books that were read throughout my earliest of childhood but also the dedication my father showed me, from the time I could open my eyes, going through flashcards with me, reading silly books like these with me, to the point where I knew each and every word by heart and wouldn't hesitate to call him out on a missed passage -- granted, it was simply becuase of the pictures and the repetition, not that I was reading -- so let' ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Jun 25, 2014 Mary Ronan Drew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Ronan by: Elaine Korn
My pal, Elaine (6), read this book to me this morning, the first time SHE has read to ME.

It's all about big dogs and little dogs, dogs who are up in a tree and down under a tree, red dogs and blue dogs, and a dog party.

I'm thrilled.

25 June 2014
Apple84 Wylie
This was one of my son's favorites between the age of 2-3. There are two copies: 1) a truncated smaller version with less text; 2) the larger edition with extra text and scenes. He has both copies and likes them equally well. The illustrations are well done and busy enough to reward a youngster who invests time examining them. The interplay between the "rude dog" and "Hattie" over her choice of fashionable headwear is especially fun for children. You can pickup a copy used for next to nothing--I ...more
Clark Phillips
Simply put, "Go, Dog. Go!" is a literary masterpiece. The simple rhyme schemes and colorful pictures were what prompted me to read and love literature in the first place. Everything a kid needs to know about life is in this book. Transportation is covered in great detail. Surprisingly for a children's book, relationships are also covered, with the yellow dog and pink poodle. This is a children's classic and one that I still enjoy reading to this day. I will read this to my children as much as my ...more
Liane Marie

Category: Hardcover

Age: 1-6+ years

Synopsis: Dogs in cars are going places but where exactly are they going and why?!?

Bilingual benefit: This classic book has been perhaps one of the greatest sources of our toddler’s skyrocketing language skills in English. The book provides the basic vocabulary, prepositional phrases, and sentence structure to describe location and movement in English. In addition, it introduces opposites, has plot, and is filled with brightly-colored illustrations. This book h
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Philip Dey "Phil" Eastman was an American screenwriter, children's author, and illustrator. As an author, he is known primarily as P. D. Eastman. A protégé of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Eastman wrote many books for children, in his own distinct style under the Dr. Seuss brand of Random House, many of which were in the Beginner Books series.

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