Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Doghouse by Jan Thomas - ADVISABLE


Thomas, Jan The Doghouse. PICTURE BOOK. Harcourt, Inc., 2008. 

EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE

Thomas’ latest offering featuring her familiar animal buddies (A Birthday for Cow, 2008) provides more silly fun. When their ball flies into the doghouse, mouse tries to get each of the animals to go in and get it out. Cow goes in first but Cow does not come out. Oh no! When Pig and then Duck suffer the same fate, mouse yells, “Can’t you come out, Duck?” The big dog yells back, “No! Because I am having Duck for dinner.” Mouse assumes the worst but a happy ending is in store for all.

The bold cartoon illustrations are large enough to work well for a group and set just the right tone for what is an old joke but a good one. Teachers will appreciate the repetitive wording throughout that is perfect for early readers. The simple story also lends itself to creative classroom dramatics.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

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