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My Neighbor Is a Dog

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Living in an apartment building can sometimes mean sharing walls with a host of characters — but what about with crocodiles, elephants, and bears? Much to her delight, this is the motley crew that one little girl finds herself living amongst.

Her parents, however, find all their new neighbors to be a little strange. While the little girl is enjoying the saxophone music her
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Owlkids Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Originally published in Portugal, this book is a charming import. It is the story of a young girl who gets a new neighbor who just happens to be a dog. The dog is very friendly and kind, but the girl’s parents are not impressed, thinking that he would quickly start acting like the dog he was. Soon after that, more new neighbors arrived, this time a pair of elephants. The girl’s parents complained about them too, but the girl thought they were very nice. Finally, a crocodile moved in. That proved ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this was really interesting--the story follows a little girl as she meets (and befriends) several new neighbors that her parents find very strange--a dog, two elephants, and a crocodile. I like that it shows the perspective of someone whose family seems to be...well, prejudiced, and that the little girl is open to giving her new neighbors a chance despite her parents' views. The ending is a little sad, but offers hope at the same time. The illustrations are very bright and bold, and al ...more
Hannah Gookstetter
My Neighbor Is a Dog is all about celebrating diversity. A little girl is just living life in her apartment when one day, a dog moves into the apartment next to her. The little girl could not be happier. The dog brings vivacious life into the apartment building. Things start to get interesting when other animals start moving into the apartment building. A pair of elephants and fashionable crocodile all move into the apartment building. The little girls loves all of her neighbors for who they are ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is a very cute children’s book. I really liked the meaning of the it. I also like how the characters were all different animals. I think this makes readers think about what makes everyone different. I also loved how the dog who was the child in the story liked his neighbors but his parents did not. This shows children that it is okay to have different opinions than their parents. I also thought that the illustrations were very bright and eye catching. I liked how the author and illustrator ...more
Katie Cram
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 50-books
This is a cute picture book about a little girl who moves into an apartment complex and has many animal neighbors. This was not one of my favorite children's books. The colors in the book were all the same illustrations were not that engaging to me. I did like the surprise of the different animal neighbors.This book brings up controversial issues of discrimination and accepting people that are different than you. The style and layout of this book is beneficial to the reader because it is engagin ...more
wendy cortright
This is one of the most thought-provoking, surprising, important books about inclusion and critical thinking that I've read in awhile. Families and teachers, read it before reading it to children because there will be some great opportunities for deep conversation throughout and after the story. I absolutely love this story and the illustrations are wonderful!
Katie Fitzgerald
A little girl is excited when various animals move into her apartment building, but her parents are too troubled by the neighbors’ differences to ever make friends with them.

The pictures in this book are brightly colored and abstract in style. Squares and rectangles of various sizes are used to depict buildings, windows, doors, boxes, floor tiles, vehicles, and furniture. The color scheme is mainly red, pink, white, and blue, and the colors of the solid backgrounds change from page to page. The
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
This story is about the push and pull of discrimination and acceptance. The little girl in the story enjoys the dog that plays the saxophone, the elephants that wash cars, and the gift-giving crocodiles. All of which live in her apartment complex. The girls giraffe parents are very standoffish and do not enjoy those same things she does and they move away. The little girl is really sad that they had to move away from all of her friends, but she is happy to think about being able to go back as an ...more
Samantha Kerney
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This picture book tells the story of a young girl and her family who live in an apartment building that is being taken over by animals. More and more animals begin to move into the building, and though her parents are not happy about it, the young girl befriends them all and finds that they are great neighbors to have. The young girl also realizes that her parents’ assumptions about the animals are incorrect, and that they actually live quite upstanding lives. This book is great to use in younge ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
When a dog and other animals start moving into an apartment building the residents are part intrigued and part upset.

The animals make excellent neighbors and help make a better community, but some residents just don't appreciate their good-natured kindness.

Vibrant illustrations in a blue, red, and pink color palette makes interesting use of white space and include fun little details that enhance rereadings.

The ending is sad, yet hopeful and I appreciated the resolve with which the little girl p
When a dog moves into her apartment building, a little girl is delighted because he brings so much fun to the place. The next thing she knows she has some other new neighbors: first, two elephants and then a crocodile. Although she loves spending time with these new friends, her parents find them quite strange and eventually move out. She, in turn, vows to return to the neighborhood one day since what her parents consider to be strange seems interesting to her. The text and colorful, blocky illu ...more
Dorothy Carder
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I felt this book (Copyright 2013) was very evident in today's culture. There characters illustrated with tattoos on their arms, the book depicted animals in the same context as humans, but not in the anthropomorphism sense. I felt the author was trying to promote acceptance in the face of diversity with the cleverly drawn animals: one seemed to showcase a rapper, one est seemed to portray a homosexual couple. This book I feel then would be better as a choice book rather than a read aloud in a cl ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Author Martins and Illustrator Madalena Matoso are both from Portugal. First published in Portugal in 2008. Translated by John Herring.

Limited palatte of illustrations -- blue, red, white, black, pink, a little brown. Not sure of media -- printmaking? lithography?

Story is appealing -- a little girl likes each of her new, unusual neighbors (a dog, a pair of elephants, an alligator) but her parents are less accepting . . . so much so that they move out. Interesting that the parents don't change; t
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
When my five-year-old son picked up this book yesterday, I thought it might be funny, or at least mildly amusing, because of the title. No such luck.

I did not like this book. I realize that I'm in the minority -- most reviewers found it charming. Not I. I do not use this word lightly, but I found it didactic. The message was delivered with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, and in the absence of humor. Or charm.

I might have liked the illustrations more if I had liked the text more, but to me, thi
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I thought it would be funnier, or...something. It's very cute, and I definitely giggled a little at the end when you see her parents, but I just felt like it was lacking something. Also, some of the text had a rhyming rhythm and some did not. It's probably a result of the translation but it was a little weird.
This is a story about new neighbors—the child’s parents don’t like any of the neighbors, but the child does. Eventually, the family moves away, and the child vows to move back in because she likes the crazy neighbors! The pictures are simple, the text is a little long, but it would be a good story to read about accepting people for who they are.
Nov 16, 2013 marked it as picture-books-read
Usually I only put books on our picture book shelf that we have read and loved, but I can't decide what I think of this book. I might really like it, but I'm going to have to check it out again to decide for sure.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is not predictable and I liked that. The illustrations are interesting and the color scheme is not traditional. I didn't quite know how to respond. It kept me wondering. That is what appealed to me though.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Cute little story, done in pinks, reds, and blues, of new neighbors moving into a little girl's apartment building. Originally written in Portuguese, translation not even noticeable as in some books. There are some nice surprises as each new neighbor appears, and an unexpected ending.
Brindi Michele
with fun animal props and boxes, this could be used at psst. i may need to cut out a few pages and ad-lib, but it could be a very fun prop story for animals or friendship. all about not judging others and accepting everybody.
May 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
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May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, to-buy
A few pages in it became clear that this must be a translation (It is), but I love that the heroine embraces difference despite the adults in her life staying closed-minded. Plus, it's funny.
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Interesting approach to acceptance. A girl likes her new neighbors who are all animals. Her parents don't.
Sondra Eklund
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun. Nice surprise at the end.
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É formada em Design de Comunicação pela Faculdade de Belas Artes (1997).
Fundou, juntamente com 3 amigos, a editora Planeta Tangerina.
Ganhou uma Menção Honrosa no I Prémio Internacional Compostela de Álbuns Ilustrados (“Ovelhinha, Dá-me Lã”, Kalandraka, ilustrações de Yara Kono).
Em 2010, foi nomeada para os Prémios de Autor da SPA/RTP na categoria Literatura Infanto-Juvenil com “O Livro dos Quintai

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