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This Book Just Ate My Dog!

(Bella and Ben)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,621 ratings  ·  570 reviews
When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2014)
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Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: roof, kiddiwinx

i first learned about this book through the review of … someone who is now apparently known as jubilation lee (with no exclamation point) and her review is so amazing, there's no way i'll be able to do better. which is both truth and outright shameless flattery to make me feel less guilty for totally stealing her pictures.

the only thing i want to add to her review in my review is that while the whole "where'd that fourth wall go?" entreaty to the readers to save the day is cute and all, and is p
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childhood
Interesting. I admit I did what the book told me.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Clever. Excellent use of the space and art, and it’s pretty funny, too. Really sensitive kiddos might be a bit bothered that everything is not exactly perfect at the end, though. Just a heads up. I know this would have upset one of my daughters when she was younger. Most kids will think it is hilarious, though.
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to oliviasbooks by:
I... I am kind of cross right now. Why hasn't anybody informed me about this picture book, eh? I need it pronto and I will gift my niece with a copy in November (she's been receiving a-book-a-month from me since she passed her first birthday). A dog-eating book that burps and throws up what it has swallowed, when you shake the copy in your hands sounds like exactly our thing.



Edit after reading the copy bought for my niece: I need my own hardcover to shake and enjoy! That naughty book is awsome.
Cute, interactive story.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Super cute! I think kids would really get a kick out of everything disappearing into the book. Also, DOG! I love all of the dog books coming out lately.
Brenda Lower
Another excellent interactive book! I love how the character is aware it's a book! Lovely play on the crease in the middle of the book. ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun and interactive!
Kathy Davie
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
One of the titles in the Bella and Ben children's series and revolving around two young friends. The focus is on Bella and her HUMONGOUS dog.

My Take
Oh, yes, lol. It begins with "Bella taking her dog for a stroll across the page…" But then…oh, no!!…the book ate Bella's dog!! And Byrne makes use of book construction to have some inventive fun.

This is too cute for words, especially when Ben…oh, no…disappears in the search for her dog. People keep disappearing, and Bella decides to take matters into
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bella is walking her dog across the page of the book when the book eats her dog. Help arrives but the book eats them too. Bella realizes it's going to take more than tugging on the leash. Bella disappears into the gutter of the book too. Soon a note drifts out and instructs the reader what to do to get them all out of the book. Will the plan work?

An interactive book, the reader will delight in the book eating everyone. It even burps after Bella enters the book gutter. The larger-then-life illust
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A picture book in the same vein as "Press here" or even "There's a monster at the end of this book."

This book is gobbling up it's characters! First Bella's dog, and then her friend Ben, then a dog rescue, and so on and so forth. At last, Bella herself is eaten up, and she decides to do something about it! Turn the page, and there's a note from Bella, asking you to please turn the book on it's side and shake!
Keep shaking!

A little more!

One more wiggle!

Ah! At last, everyone is out!

A fun one on o
Mari Miyagi
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I went shopping for a bunch of picture books this weekend and I got this book right away. It's really cute, engaging, interactive, and hilarious! I can't tell you what happens in the story because that all is what makes it interesting! I think this would be absolutely good for morning meeting. Kids would get excited and join the characters in the story. :) ...more
Katt Hansen
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a book designer, I absolutely loved this book. The story is short and silly and without much substance, but the sheer joy or turning a book on end and shaking it hard to knock out a dog that got swallowed into the binding? Priceless! Prepare for giggles!
Caleb Wikman
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edtp-245
I loved reading this short adventure of a girl losing a dog to the book. It engages the reader into finding find the ending. I also appreciate how you have to turn the book, very good book to read for kids.
April Thompson
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh goodie, a lovely interactive book! These just make me smile from ear to ear.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is one of my favorite books to read with patients when I volunteer at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. It always makes them laugh and laughter is the best medicine! ...more
Jonathan Ayres
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A clever, funny story that flips a traditional idea completely on it's head! Great for reading aloud (guaranteed laughs from both children and adults) and for teaching children about perspective. Lovely illustration as well ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
This fun and imaginative picture book plays on the physicality of the book. Bella is casually taking her dog for a walk, when suddenly… the ‘naughty book’ ate her dog! He brother comes to the reduce, but, much to Bella’s surprise, is eaten by the book as well. After help zoomed straight out of sight a note appears, and the reader is called upon in order to shake out the disappeared characters.

How is the story told?
The story is told using simple expressive language which is easy for a reader to
Kaitlyn Bubolz
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response

I read This Book Just Ate My Dog! with my little sister. The response I received from my six-year-old sister was laughing and pointing out the humor. She loved how all the characters disappeared and how we had to interact with the book to make them reappear. Books like these would encourage young readers to continue to read new books.

Plot Summary

A young girl, named Bella. Bella was taking her dog on a walk across the book, when suddenly, her dog disappeared into the page.
L. Leah
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely LOVED this book!! It entertained my nine month old, six year old, and 11 year old! That's a score in this house! I definitely recommend this book for primary age. The author and illustrator did a fantastic job in keeping the reader/ listener engaged. My six year old has requested we keep the borrowed library book. That speaks volumes for her as she has said that about ONE other borrowed book. Looks like I'll be searching Amazon for this Christmas gift :-) ...more
This is a fantastic book where Bella's dog gets 'eaten' by the book itself! First, the dog disappears, and then a number of other characters try to search for the dog, but they disappear along with it! It is very clever and funny, and plays on the physical aspects of the book - the characters are disappearing into the gutter. I particularly enjoyed having to turn the book and give it a good old shake to get the characters out at the end. An enjoyable read with an unusual interactive feel. ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A creative use for the natural fold between pages, a young girl suddenly loses her dog when the book she's in "eats" him as they walk across it. When she asks for help, a friend, police and others disappear into it until the reader is called upon for help. Ideal for storytimes, children will delight in the clever illustrations and use of space. Highly recommended. ...more
Becka Lopez
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having just read in class about postmodern picturebooks, I was excited to see this book that I had obtained about a month ago from a parent in my classroom. My students LOVE this book, especially the part where they get to shake the book! I really enjoy books that don't necessarily fit that traditional mold, and the reactions that I get from my students when reading them. ...more
Adrienne Pettinelli
BRILLIANT use of the gutter--made me laugh so hard. I even tipped the book and shook the characters out of the gutter, because who can resist? I told Ella and Benny they should be worried that this book will start eating cats next, but they remain unconcerned.
Michele Seigfried
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books-read
I found this book at Barnes and Noble with my 3 year old today. How adorable! She laughed and laughed. This author is so creative. The pictures are simple and colorful. The characters are adorable. A Great Book!
Hannah Betley
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, I find it hilarious! I used this book on SBT2 for world book day and that children loved it! They imagined what they thought would be in the crease of the book where all the people go.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
What a wonderful, playful book that uses the gutter - something that is usually overlooked in the majority of books.

I particularly liked the use of user interaction ('shake, shake' and upside-down etc.); this book needs to be read aloud to reap the benefits!
Niki (Daydream Reader)
I read this to young 5 students and they loved it!
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brillian juxtaposition of design and text! Grab this book for your storytime, then have the kiddos make their own books that eat things.
Megan Hornberger
Great for storytimes. Kids can interact and shake the book to make everything reappear. (Similar to Don't Push the Button). ...more
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