I’M MY OWN DOG – David Ezra Stein


61ca273cwnl    I’M MY OWN DOG – David Ezra Stein, Candlewick Press, 9780763661397, 2014

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  (1-5, 5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? Many authors focus on the dominant master-dog interaction, but this book turns it around, exploring the dog-master relationship.  The dog is in charge, teaching the owner how to use a leash, sit, etc. Similar in theory to the bumper sticker “My dog rescued me”, the mutual friendship is sweet and very satisfying from both the dog and the master’s  perspectives. The artwork is charming, very expressive with warm colors. This was a welcome relief from typical dog series, i.e. Clifford, etc.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Preschool, day care center and elementary librarians. Animal lovers, parents and grandparents that enjoy a humorous child book!

Who should buy this book? Pre-school, day care centers, elementary school libraries, parents and animal loving families

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: 1/18/2017

 

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