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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  28 reviews
On a moonlit winter night, a team of dogs pulls a sled, taking the narrator and readers on a wondrous ride through the snow, into and out of the woods. It is a ride you'll wish would never end.

Through this exquisite prose poem, Gary Paulsen shares the joy, the beauty, and the grandeur of the outdoors. With his joyous text and Ruth Wright Paulsen's exuberant and expressive
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 1993)
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Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Would Gary Paulsen's career be complete without a picture book about dogsledding? I think not, and in 1993 he filled that gap with the publication of Dogteam, a poetic rendering of a night spent by a man crisscrossing the Minnesota wilds behind a team of strong, hearty dogs he trusts to lead him safely through the unforgiving cold of northern winter. Dogteam attempts to capture the feeling of whooshing through unblemished snow at top speed on a sled pulled by dogs who are never happier than whe ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Title: Dogteam
Author/Illustrator: Gary Paulsen
Reading Level: LG
Book Level: 3.2
Book Summary:
This is a romanticized version of a dog sled ride written with beautiful prose.

Bookshelf Mentor Writing Trait:
Presentation- This book about a dog sled ride, in conjunction with The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail by Debbie S. Miller, would be a great way to teach students that as writers, how we feel comes through in the sentences we choose. By choosing sentences that are varied and inclu
Melissa Namba
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
Is it horrible that for me, this book was TOO basic to be a Gary Paulsen? I am thinking that any parent who buys this book for a toddler already has an interest, which means the kid is probably interested just because s/he emulates the parents at this point. For me, it was overly simple but I guess it is a good start for a kid whose parent don't know anything. ...more
Joshua Horn
Aug 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I haven't reviewed a kids book before, but this one "broke the ice." The text was just SO bad. It's like all that is worst in modern poetry pur into a kids book. Shouldn't you at least refrain from making up words in a book for kids who are still learning to read?

The illustrations are nice.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
lyrical, beautiful writing constantly pressing forward like the dogs in the story. beautiful illustration as well. (features northern lights) used in winter storytime Dec. 2019
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-books
Like the idea of the story but did not care for the way it was written or the illustrations.
Ashlin Edmisten
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zz2017, childrens
This picture book reads like a poem and is a great way to introduce a child to the form. The illustrations are beautiful. Can be used as an autobiography for passport to literature.
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked it, but I didn't love it. ...more
Ally Copper
Gary Paulsen brings us the sounds, colors, coldness, and exhilaration of a nighttime run with sled dogs in the picture book “Dogteam.” Paulsen almost exclusively uses sentence fragments in this work, and the text comes across almost like poetry as it emphasizes the dogs’ instincts to just run. The dogs are single-minded, seeking only the thrill of the run, so the text provided focuses on the action at hand and doesn’t get bogged down in subject-verb-object rules and requirements. Readers can alm ...more
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Poem about running a dogsled team on a winter night. written by Minnesota Author Gary Paulsen and illustrated by his wife.

Very simple text and vocabulary.
I did not find it useful or explanatory of dogsledding

Could be integrated into the classroom in the following ways:
Would be useful as an exemplar of an illustrated poem.
Part of a Gary Paulsen unit.
Part of a Minnesota culture or author exploration unit.
Inference: How does the author feel about this activity?
Discussion of styles of illustration.
Chloe Dryke
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This was one of my all-time favorite books as a child because I grew up having sled dogs, but you don't have to be a musher to enjoy this picture book. This book shows a team racing through the night, only to race home to the comfort of familiar lights. I would read this book in the winter, and have students make a list of other fun winter activities they can do, and write about a time they spent outside in the snow. ...more
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2013, childrens, other-usa
This is a beautiful tribute to the sled dogs competing in the Iditarod race in Alaska. The narrative is lyrical and despite its brevity, conveys the drama, excitement and thrill of the race. The illustrations are colorful and show the Alaskan wilderness in all of its grandeur. It would certainly be a great way to introduce children to the history and excitement of this famous race.

I discovered this one while shopping for souvenirs during my short stay in Anchorage.
Canadian Reader
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
A poetic picture book about a boy's winter-night ride with his dog team through woods, across a frozen lake, and in the company of wolves, only to end up home again, with the dogs barking, seemingly asking if he had wanted it to last forever. The book is more powerful when read aloud. Worth pairing with Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Young readers experience the thrill of a "night run" with sled dogs. While I wasn't a big fan of the writing style, I know I would have liked this book as a kid, because I really loved the sled dog breeds.

You really get a sense of how the dogs have been bred to have a great drive to run and pull, and love and anticipate their work. Yes, breed behavioral traits are a real thing!
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
From the high-starred reviews I guess I'm in the minority with this one. It felt like some Alaskan poets thought to write a children's book that aren't parents themselves or a poem already existed about dog racing in the arctic that someone else thought would make for a good kid's book.

My kids were not fans.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I shared this book with my students who were working on an Iditarod unit with me. They are fascinated with dogsled teams, so hearing Paulsen's poem and seeing the great illustrations brought this run alive to them. ...more
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked the way he drew you into the story, so you get a sense of what it must feel like to be there running the dogs yourself. If I was at all drawn to the lifestyle of racing dogs in the cold and the snow, I would have rated it higher.
The Brothers
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: alaska, dogs, sleds
This book tries so very hard to be lyrical and poetic. And it is. I guess. But when reading aloud it leads to a lot of verbal stumbling and back-tracking to make sure what you read was correct.

The illustrations are good though.
Elly Miller
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my new favorite picture book! The beauty of the words makes you want to become a musher just to share the same moments as the author.
Dec 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Lyrical description of a nighttime dog sled run.
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
beautifully illustrated
written in a lyrical/poetic style
Melanie Swider Wenz
Good example of using the craft of purposeful repetition in your writing. Different repetition patterns to share with students in this text.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
I loved the pacing of this one. The poetic narrative pulls the reader into the panting of the dogs and the whoosh of the runners in the snow.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
A fun read about sled dogs....
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Poetic, descriptive children's book about running with the dogs at night written by Gary Paulsen, who has run the Iditarod twice. Beautiful illustrations by Gary's wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen. ...more
Jan 27, 2016 added it
Shelves: picture-books
We use this book to introduce our study of the Iditarod each winter.
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
using prior knowledge
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