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Art dog
Hurd, Thacher.
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Publication Information:
[United States] : Live Oak Media, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog + 1 book.
When the Mona Woofa is stolen from the Dogopolis Museum of Art, a mysterious character who calls himself Art Dog tracks down and captures the thieves.
Reading Level:
AD 580 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 21342.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.6 2 Quiz: 14197 Guided reading level: L.

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Sound Cassette

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Oh, no! Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art and the police don't even realize that they are barking up the wrong tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it's up to Art Dog, the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a Brushmobile, and he's off--on a wild and funny chase to capture the dastardly crooks. With the same deft touches of high-spirited fun and adventure that have made Mystery on the Docks and Mama Don't Allow (both Reading Rainbow Featured Selections) such perennially popular stories, Thacher Hurd serves up a new action-packed tale that will delight young readers.

1996 'Pick of the Lists' (ABA)
Children's Choices for 1997 (IRA/CBC)
1998 Red Clover Book Award (VT)

Author Notes

Children's book author and illustrator Thacher Hurd was born in Vermont on March 6, 1949 to children's book creators Clement and Edith Thacher Hurd. He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts. He has written and illustrated over twenty-five children's books, including Mystery on the Docks and Mama Don't Allow, which were both Reading Rainbow feature selections. He currently lives in Berkeley, California with his wife.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. By day, he's Arthur, a mild-mannered museum guard. But at night, he becomes Art Dog, splashing the city with his own mile-high monsters and shimmering sun-drenched scenes. One night, there is a robbery at the Dogopolis Museum of Art, where Arthur works. The thieves have stolen the Mona Woofa, leaving a painting of a blond in its place. Naturally, Art Dog, who is caught painting a picture on an outside wall, is a suspect. He's thrown in jail, paints his way out, and finds the Mona Woofa because "he can smell art a mile away." His bravery rates him a show of his own at the Dogopolis, though Art Dog's identity remains a secret. This is exuberantly drawn by Hurd, who has imbued Art Dog with the flash and dash every artist feels at times; but Hurd also captures the shyness that comes with displaying your art. Kids will respond not just to the pictures but also to a story that does as well with characters as with plot. (Reviewed January 1 & 15, 1996)0060244240Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Talk about a dog marking its territory-by day Arthur Dog is a mild-mannered hound who guards the Dogopolis art museum, but when the moon is full, he becomes Art Dog. Donning beret and mask, he takes paints and brushes and fills the back alleys of the city with his murals. Art Dog remains undiscovered until he's framed for the theft of Leonardo Dog Vinci's Mona Woofa. He's thrown in the clink, but escapes with the help of his superpowered medium (``where there were bars, he painted a window''), nabs the real crooks and gets his own gallery exhibit as a reward. Hurd's (Mama Don't Allow; Mystery on the Docks) straight-from-the-tube palette and blurry brush strokes suggest a painter in speedy action; his art-humor-canine portraits based on canvases by Vermeer, Seurat, Picasso and others line the museum walls-is good-natured. His plot, meanwhile, gleefully invokes comic-book conventions: Art Dog drives a streamlined Brushmobile, stops off at the Wile E. Coyote-esque Acme Paint Co. and battles the baddies in a dynamic spread highly suggestive of TV's goofy Batman (enhanced with cutout shapes à la Matisse). A waggish good time. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-When the "Mona Wolfa" disappears from the Dogopolis Museum of Art, the police apprehend a masked artist, who, with a few strokes of his brush, leads them to the real crooks. By Thacher Hurd. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.