Go, Dog. Go! (Beginner Books B-20)
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...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 -- ...more
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 ...more
--Do you like my hat?
--No, I do not.
--And now, do you like my hat?
[do not want to have to put a spoiler alert! so I'll stop now]
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 ...more
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 ...more
1) the pacing - tight and almost staccato like. Seuss-esque all the way.
2) the "Do you like my hat" subplot (and brilliant resolution) - a hook my son talks about during the day, in fact. Well done.
3) col ...more
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 ...more
A favorite game at our house is now quoting the "Do you like my hat?" part to each other.
From 1936 to 1941, Eastman worked at the story departmen ...more