Youngsters who love dogs or digging or construction tools will love this book. It is about a dog who can smell a bone…so he starts digging. But this bYoungsters who love dogs or digging or construction tools will love this book. It is about a dog who can smell a bone…so he starts digging. But this bone is way down deep, so he has to get some help to dig. He gets machine after machine that is good at digging–each one being just a bit larger and bigger than before. But Digger Dog still can’t get the bone that he smells…until he gets the biggest digger in the whole world. Finally Digger Dog gets the biggest bone in the whole world…or is it? This is a fun story with two great big pages that fold open to reveal the rest of the rest of the story of how Digger Dog got the bone and what was really hidden under the dirt. The only thing is that kids who know the names of all the various digging machines might be sad that the real names for the shovels or bulldozers aren’t used. But the fun story will more than make up for that....more
This is a seriously fun book for dog lovers! And even though it says “kids edition” I think that whoever loves dogs will enjoy this little gem of a boThis is a seriously fun book for dog lovers! And even though it says “kids edition” I think that whoever loves dogs will enjoy this little gem of a book. Basically there are little rhyming bits of text such as “We’re just getting started. The fun doesn’t stop. Who’s ready for a big belly FLOP?” And these words are accompanied by fun pictures of dogs underwater. And let me tell you, looking at some of these pictures of dogs while they are in swimming pools is just hilarious. The photographs really make the book. In fact, I had little ones I read the book to and they cared more about looking at the “silly doggies” than actually reading the book. They did enjoy the text, but it was those photographs that grabbed and kept their attention. So, if you enjoy dogs and you would like to see some silly and some mesmerizing photographs of dogs in a way that you usually don’t see them, then you need to run right down to the library and check this book out. I’m not a big pet person (or a dog person) but I enjoyed looking at this particular book multiple times with many of my nieces and nephews....more
A little dog finds a stick. He is so, SO excited. So when he sees a cow he says, “Stick?” To which the cow replies, “Grass!” Off the dog goes to findA little dog finds a stick. He is so, SO excited. So when he sees a cow he says, “Stick?” To which the cow replies, “Grass!” Off the dog goes to find another animal and ask if they want to play. But alas, all the other animals are too busy with other things. Soon the dog is very sad that nobody will play with him. In his frustration (illustrated by a black rain cloud in his thought bubble) he throws the stick away. But then it comes back. Another dog has come and wants to play. The two dogs have a grand old time. And pretty soon all the rest of the animals realize just how fun a stick can be.
This is a brilliant book. Absolutely brilliant. I love how the illustrations are simple. For example, the dog’s head is a square shape with two small dots for eyes, one large oval for a nose, and two floppy ears that are all kinds of shapes depending upon the mood of the dog. I love how because the illustrations are limited, there is obviously only the most important parts drawn. Meaning that without buckets of grass or trees in the background, kids will narrow in on the actions of the animals in the story. Which is perfect seeing how there are only a few words total in the whole book…usually just one on each page. With such a small amount of text youngsters really have to focus on what is happening and will discern that from those illustrations. The fact that each page is clean other than the obvious important bits allows kids to think through what is happening and sharpen their narrative skills. (Thank you, Mr. Pritchett for giving me a new great book to use in story time to help parents understand just how to get kids to practice narrating a story–love it!)
Seriously, this book was a joy to read (even though any youngster who is learning how to read could probably read the book to you because there isn’t all that much text). In fact, when my preschool-aged nephew and I read it together he couldn’t stop laughing and repeating the various ways I said each word on each page. (Talk about a great moment to explain how various punctuation marks “!” or “?” could change the way we say a word and change the meaning.) And the best part was that my nephew couldn’t stop laughing while we were reading it. Well done, Mr. Pritchett. Well done!...more
So this isn't totally wordless...but with only one word (ball) written through out the book I thought I would add it here. It is about the obsession oSo this isn't totally wordless...but with only one word (ball) written through out the book I thought I would add it here. It is about the obsession of a dog who wants to play with a ball....more
Monkey Ono is a toy monkey who is very excited. It is Beach Day, the day when Monkey Ono’s owners are going to the beach. Monkey Ono is excited to stoMonkey Ono is a toy monkey who is very excited. It is Beach Day, the day when Monkey Ono’s owners are going to the beach. Monkey Ono is excited to stow away so that he can enjoy the fun of being at the beach. However, the bag that he stowed away in wasn’t one that was taken to the beach. Now Monkey Ono is trying to find a new way to get to the beach. Perhaps he can get the dog to take him, get flushed down the toilet to the beach, or be flung from the hammock to the beach. When all three of these plans do not work Monkey Ono becomes very glum. Until Monkey Ono and the pet dog, cat, and fish come up with a new plan for a Beach Day at home. He will lay in the dirt while soaking his feet in the bird bath while looking at the pet fish. Playing in the sand, getting your feet wet, and looking at fish are all part of Beach Day! This is a humorous tale of one determined toy monkey to enjoy the beach. The textured illustrations are delightful and will keep readers looking at details over and over again. Plus the child-like drawings of Monkey Ono’s plans will help youngsters relate to the grand plans of a kid (or in this case a toy) that are big on dreams though often not quite perfect in their execution....more
I think I would like this more if I actually had/liked pets. But I can see how others would like it. And yay for the alphabet set up (twice) althoughI think I would like this more if I actually had/liked pets. But I can see how others would like it. And yay for the alphabet set up (twice) although that makes it way too long for my story times....more
I thought the idea of this book was interesting. But I just didn’t love the story. And that made it hard for me to like the book. Basically a little gI thought the idea of this book was interesting. But I just didn’t love the story. And that made it hard for me to like the book. Basically a little girl gets a dog even though her dad doesn’t want the dog. But then the dad ends up walking the dog every day. And he talks to the dog. The dog forms quite a bond with Daddy. The girl grows up and cares little for the dog (or her family). The mother gets frustrated and wants a divorce. Soon Daddy and the dog are alone. Daddy lost his job and apartment and he has a heart condition. Daddy decides to go south toward where in Japan he was from. Eventually he dies. When his body is discovered a year and a half later they see that the dog that they found with him only died 3 months before. Meaning that the dog stuck around even though Daddy was dead. Then there are some other bits telling a little about the social worker who was assigned to try to figure out who “Daddy” was.
So, I don’t like the “another dead dog” type of story. Especially when at the very begining it tells that Daddy and the dog are dead and they were found together (with the interesting item about how the dog was alive for so long after Daddy had died. I also didn’t like that all the extra text in the illustrations weren’t translated from the Japanese (I assume it was Japanese). Even though I assume that the words above the illustrations were the translations of the text, I still wish I didn’t have to move my eyes away from the illustration to understand the translation. Another reason that I didn’t love the story is that I didn’t really care for any of the characters other than the dog. But then at the end of the book the other dog seemed just like the main dog. Meaning that the only character I really liked wasn’t all that “different” from any other dog shown. Therefore, even though I could see the interest and the talent shown in this book, it just wasn’t for me....more
I thought this would be a little preachy about being a good friend. But it wasn't so much. And that made the book all the better. I wish Pug and DougI thought this would be a little preachy about being a good friend. But it wasn't so much. And that made the book all the better. I wish Pug and Doug were my friends!...more
This almost wordless book (the words are more sounds than part of the storyline) is fun. I think it is funny that the dogs have dogs as pets that theyThis almost wordless book (the words are more sounds than part of the storyline) is fun. I think it is funny that the dogs have dogs as pets that they walk. And the fact that the pet dogs are dressed up in clothes is a sign that these dogs love their dog pets....more