Cover image for Small Brown Dog's bad remembering day
Small Brown Dog's bad remembering day
Gibbie, Mike.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2000.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Small Brown Dog can't remember anything, not even his name, until his friends help him out.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 43235.
Added Author:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

On Order



Small Brown Dog is having a bad day--he can't remember where he's left his collar and tags, and without them he can't remember his name. So a headlong hunt for the collar begins. Everyone wants to help such an adorable but muddled mutt. As the chase goes on, his canine neighbors remind him that he is many wonderful things. But WHO IS HE? Arriving at the police station at last is just the thing to jog Small Brown Dog's memory.Gleefully madcap paintings by Barbara Nascimbeni capture Small Brown Dog's puppy exuberance and perfectly caricature other breeds of dogs from the most dignified dalmatian to the yappiest Chihuahua. This read-aloud is a dog-lover's dream and a book that readers will have no trouble remembering--with delight.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. Amnesia strikes a small brown dog in this simple, lively story of repetitive search. Emerging from his cozy doghouse (complete with a tile floor and throw rugs), Brown Dog confronts a smorgasbord of canine treats but can't remember what he likes for breakfast. Even worse, he can't remember his name or where he put his collar with its identifying tags. He sets off, asking the dogs he encounters if they know who he is. None of them does, but each adds a little more information, repeating and building on what the others have said: Tess the postal terrier remembers that Brown Dog likes to splash in puddles; Dan the Dalmatian remembers the puddles and also a fondness for squirrels; and so on until Brown Dog finds his collar and his name. The paintings' deep, saturated colors, rich patterns, and appealing, unconventional characters, including the irresistible, oddly proportioned Brown Dog himself, will capture young ones' attention up close or at a distance, while the silly premise and repetitive action could make this a fun starting point for group get-to-know-you games. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

British author Gibbie's charming cumulative tale stars a stocky, mahogany-red pup who misplaces his I.D. tag (and with it, all memory of his name), and goes by the generic moniker of Small Brown Dog. "I've lost my collar, and I don't know who I am!" he repeats to every dog he meets. His neighbors don't recall his name either, but they have seen him at his favorite pastimes. Tess the Terrier reminds him, "You like splashing in puddles," and others add to the list of traits until the young amnesiac asserts, "I'm a small brown dog with a pink nose/ who likes splashing in puddles,/ is always chasing squirrels,/ has a bad case of fleas,.../ and my name is...." Each canine has an alliterative name and breed, from Charlie the Chihuahua to Alf the Alsatian; these limiting labels shed light on other, unofficial signs of identity, such as food and leisure-time preferences. Nascimbeni, who illustrated Jonathan Shipton's What If?, creates a vaguely Mediterranean setting of stucco buildings and manicured parks, populated with hardworking hounds and patterned in hues of terra-cotta orange, sandy white and cerulean blue. In each chalky, richly textured illustration, she hides a mouse who witnesses the quest but never divulges Small Brown Dog's real name, and plants clues as to the hero's hobbies in the early scenes. This volume stresses the importance of the personal over the superficial, subtly suggesting that name, size and color are not one's essential qualities. Ages 3-7. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this cumulative tale, a small brown dog can't remember his name, so he enlists the aid of his canine friends in his search for identity: "I've lost my collar, and I don't know WHO I AM." Although his friends can't come up with his moniker either, they do remind him of his special characteristics: "You like splashing in puddles," "You've got a bad case of fleas," and "You can't resist hot dogs." With each encounter, the growing list of traits is repeated by such neighborhood characters as street vendor Sid the Sausage Dog, hairdresser Peaches the Poodle, and construction worker Ralph the Rottweiler. Finally the small brown dog is directed to the police department where he finds his collar and his name. While the rollicking repetition and patterned text are sure to please, the pup's bout of amnesia is absurd, considering he can remember the names of everyone else in the neighborhood. Nascimbeni's chunky illustrations are bathed in color with an occasional patch of newsprint collage, and the oblique lines add to the growing momentum of the text. Children will enjoy searching for the little mouse in a striped T-shirt that follows the dog on his journey through the town. This silly story may prompt youngsters to think about their own personality traits.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.