Archive for the ‘dogs’ Tag

Harry the Dirty Dog

Zion, Gene.  2002.  Harry the Dirty Dog. Harper Collins, Recolorization Copy.  harry the dirty dog

This is a good book to reach children who don’t like to bathe.  Harry gets so dirty he is unrecognizable until he finds the bathing brush he had buried and begs for a bath.  After being cleansed he is once again the loveable dog his family thought they had lost.


Walter the Farting Dog

Kotzwinkle, William and Murray, Glenn.  Illustrated by Audrey Colman.  Walter the Farting Dog. Frog, Ltd. (2001).  ISBN: the farting dog

Hilarious!  Walter the farting dog becomes Walter the hero when two burglars are cleared out of the house without the valuables by the smell of his flatulence.  The family tried everything to stop his farts – even turning him into a vegetarian didn’t work (well it wouldn’t).  But luckily they weren’t able to stop them because they sure came in handy when burglars broke into the house.  No wonder it’s a New York Times bestseller!

Henry and Mudge: The First Book

Rylant, Cynthia, pictures by Sucie Stevenson.  Henry and Mudge:  The first Book. A Ready-to-read book, level 2, ISBN 0-689-81005-9.

henry and mudge,  the first bookI enjoyed this book because it resonated with my own childhood.  I remember saying to my parents, “I want a sister.  And I want her now!”  I ended up with a cat and, while not a sister, I was still quite pleased.  The cat gave me something to hug.  Unlike a stuffed animal which doesn’t respond, the cat does.  The cat also gave me something to love.  I had to take care of her.  I was responsible for making sure she was fed.  (Thankfully my parents took care of the litter box).  I suspect all children feel alone at some point – even if they do have siblings – so this story would be appealing to most.  I think it is an appropriate beginner reader for children because each story builds on the next (they are cohesive), the book itself is a good size (not too small and not too large), the pictures are simple and don’t overwhelm the text, the print is a good size and evenly spaced, and it’s a nice story about friendship.  I am a little put off by the “Level 2” in the top right corner of the cover.  I’m not sure I agree with the idea of levels for reading.  On the one hand they can help guide parents.  On the other, they can stop people from selecting a book that they think might be too difficult or too easy.