Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dog Parade by Barbara Joosse - OPTIONAL

Joosse, Barbara. Dog Parade, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. $16.99.  PICTURE BOOK.  It is time for a dog parade, and so the dogs need to get ready to "put [their] best paw forward."  Owners put, what they consider, cute costumes on the dogs to help them get ready.  Then the dogs go on parade "to show off [their] diggity best."  I didn't like this book.  But I am not a dog lover.  So I kind of feel like y opinion doesn't matter because the author was obviously only writing for dog lovers.  The people whose dogs are front and center in their holiday card each year.  I thought this book was pointless and I would never recommend it, even to a dog lover.  There are other books, like Chowder, that are actually good books and dog lovers could enjoy.  I guess there is a chance there is an audience for this book; so I will at least give it an optional recommendation.  Pre-K, EL (K-3) - OPTIONAL.  Brent Smith, Reading Teacher


Ms. Yingling said...

Now that Yelchin has a Newbery Honor, I wonder if his picture books will get more attention. Must admit that even though you said you hated this, I almost want to see it if only for the cover, which is oddly appealing!

Cindy Mitchell said...


I could probably get it from the reviewer and send it to you. I don't think he wants to keep it!