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Dog days : rhymes around the year
Prelutsky, Jack.
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New York : Knopf, 1999.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 26 cm
A spirited dog describes what he enjoys doing each month of the year.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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I am a dog who scribbles rhymes About my many happy times. I wrote this book to make it clear That I have fun around the year. Learning about the twelve months of the year is more fun than ever with Jack Prelutsky's rhymes and Dyanna Wolcott's illustrations. Told and pictured from a dog's point of view, this bright little book makes you want to kick up your heels and be a dog for a day!

Author Notes

Jack Prelutsky, born on September 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, is primarily known as a poet for children but he is also a gifted musician, actor, photographer, sculptor and potter. Prelutsky studied at Hunter College for two years. He proposed to his future wife, Carolynn, on the day they met; she accepted the next day.

While growing up in Brooklyn, Prelutsky studied voice at The High School of Music and Art in New York and first planned to be an opera singer. However, he decided he did not have the drive to sing opera, and he became a folk singer. Later he tried his hand at drawing. For fun, he wrote some short poems and made some drawings, which became his first publication. He has since published numerous books of illustrated poetry and also provided illustrations for books by other writers, including many in translation.

Prelutsky never condescends to his young readers. He deals in verse with many imaginative creatures, but he also writes about people and problems such bullies, school, and fear of the dark. He is aware of the sound of his words and likes to perform his poetry to the accompaniment of the guitar. He visits schools and libraries to perform his work.

Jack Prelutsky is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1977 The Children's Book Council honored him for Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep. His other award-winners are The Mean Old Mean Hyena, The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight, and The New Kid on the Block. In 2006, the Poetry Foundation named Prelutsky the inaugural winner of the Children's Poet Laureate award. His book Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems (illustrated by Carin Berger) won the 2007 Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award of the Washington State Book Awards in the Picture Book category.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. Twelve poems, one for each month of the year, offer a dog's reflections on his favorite seasonal activities, such as sledding in January or curling up by the fire in February. Most of the four-line verses reflect the season or holiday: "April's here, I sing bow wow, / the trees are thick with blossoms now. / So as along the roads I ride, / I'm sure to have my head outside." This may not be Prelutsky's most memorable work, but it is simple and agreeable enough for young children, particularly when accompanied by Wolcott's stylized yet endearing pictures of the dog frolicking through the year. Sometimes Matisse-like, always vibrant in line and color, these paintings will engage the attention of children while they tune in to the "dog who scribbles rhymes." Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rhyming quatrains and whimsical pictures describe each month in a fun-loving dog's year in this good-natured collaboration. The tenor of Prelutsky's poems (The Gargoyle on the Roof) is affable but mild; the zaniness and linguistic play that characterize much of his work go missing here: "It's very noisy in July,/ When fireworks light the evening sky./ Though I'm a patriot and proud,/ For ears like mine, it's much too loud"; or, "It's late November, sing hooray,/ For now it is Thanksgiving Day./ I do not think that I can wait/ To taste that turkey on the plate." Debut illustrator Wolcott is responsible for much of the book's merriment. Taking creative liberties with perspective, she renders the pup in amusing poses: riding the March winds, he flies through the air alongside kites; with other costumed dogs, he cavorts in the beams of flashlights on Halloween night; and in January he sleds on a field of snow in a scene that looks as busy and kinetic as an amusement-park ride. Kids will want to return to her brightly patterned pictures to spot all the playful details she has planted. Ages 2-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-These verses about the months of the year, from the point of view of a dog, are uncharacteristically lackluster. The four-line poems exhibit Prelutsky's usual skillful rhyme and meter, but give little sense of doggishness, or of the month that they are intended to describe. "It's late November, sing hooray,/For now it is Thanksgiving Day./I do not think that I can wait/To taste that turkey on the plate." The illustrations are similarly disappointing. The bright palette is pleasing, but hardly changes from page to page, so there is no sense of the seasons passing. Wolcott's images of dogs (who, confusingly, sometimes act like dogs, and sometimes like humans) are playful, but ultimately two-dimensional and expressionless. Though most of the compositions are satisfying, a couple of illustrations look so much like imitation Matisse that the effect is jarring. The unexciting writing, illustration, and design result in a flat book that holds little appeal.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Upon a cold December day, When at last I'm done with play, I close my eyes and cuddle up, And dream of when I was a pup. Excerpted from Dog Days: Rhymes Around the Year by Jack Prelutsky All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.