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Give the dog a bone
Kellogg, Steven.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : SeaStar Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
33 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
A variation on the familiar song, "This Old Man, " in which an increasing number of dogs look for treats.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 22619 Guided reading level: NR.

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Clearfield Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize
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Eden Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Eggertsville-Snyder Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
Elma Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Lackawanna Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Williamsville Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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"Nick-nack, paddywhack, give the dog a bone, this old man went rolling home". But then what happens? Why, it's a wild, slapstick adventure involving cobblers, cats, chickens, and much, much more. From poodles to Great Danes, an increasing number of clever canine companions join in the fun -- and add up to a most entertaining counting book. Endpaper includes a note about the song, music, and a tally of the 13 different dog breeds that appear in the book.

Author Notes

Stephen Kellogg was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on October 26, 1941. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design and majored in illustration. While in college, he won a fellowship to spend his senior year studying and working in Florence, Italy.

Kellogg has illustrated over one hundred titles and written some of his own. Titles he has written include the Island of the Skog, which won the Michigan State Young Readers Award, and was included on Booklist's Books for Every Child and the CBC Books for Peace list, A Rose for Pinkerton!, Pinkerton, Behave!, and Tallyho, Pinkerton!

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. The popular illustrator plays a riff on the familiar counting song, inventing rollicking new verses about dogs, bones, nicks, nacks, paddywhacks, and a confusion of old men who encounter comical misadventures on their respective ways home. Each verse also introduces a different breed of dog. And this being the post^-Jurassic Park age, there's even a stray velociraptor (or 10). Given the cumulative nature of the text, a grand total of 250 canines (and one chicken) caper through the pages, begging to be counted. The back endpapers add a note about the song and obligingly reveal how many of each breed to look for. Energetic, engaging, and good humored, with colors as warm as toast, Kellogg's pictures are like old friends always welcomed home for a visit and a song. --Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

Kellogg takes playful liberty with the traditional counting song of the title. According to PW, "Verse and visuals will send readers rolling back to page one to replay this romp repeatedly." Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Part counting book, part comic strip, and part geriatric adventure, this zany version of "This Old Man" is not for everyone. The first verse will sound familiar, but not much that follows. In the third verse, for example, an old man dons a cat costume, climbs a tree to avoid being caught by three Rhodesian Ridgebacks (Nick-nack-nick-Up the tree!"), makes friends with the dogs by offering them bones, and then goes "purring home." For five, an African-American man wearing sunglasses and sandals plays "nick-nack on the hive" and is chased away by angry bees, as five basset hounds look on. The mood changes with number six, when a nasty gentleman, wearing a sky-blue top hat and suit, demands that a hen hatch her six chicks, takes the birds away in a box, and refuses to share the bones stuffed in his pocket with six cairn terriers. Though he receives his comeuppance in the 10th verse when he is attacked by 10 vicious velociraptors, he survives and ends up making friends with all of the dogs, guaranteeing a happy ending. The artwork, done in colored ink, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil, is presented in a series of panels that keep the action moving quickly. There are plenty of details for careful observers, different characters that appear throughout, and lots of things to count (250 dogs). An unusual, imaginative flight of fancy that will appeal most to die-hard Kellogg fans.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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