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From the doghouse : poems to chew on
Sklansky, Amy E.
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New York : Henry Holt, 2002.
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44 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
A collection of dog poems, illustrated with beaded art.
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PS3619.K58 F76 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3619.K58 F76 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3619.K58 F76 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3619.K58 F76 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A spirited celebration of dogs "My tail won't stop its wagging. My rear end has an ache. Back and forth and back and forth- It never takes a break!" Dogs. Dogs. Dogs. Big dogs, small dogs, cowboy dogs, and even astrodogs! In poems that bounce and spill and shoot off into space (just like their subjects!) and stunning hand-beaded pictures that capture the true nature of man's best friend, this delightful collection celebrates dogs in all their tail-wagging, tongue-lolling glory.

Author Notes

Amy E. Sklansky grew up in the company of dogs: First there was Ralph I, then Bridget, and finally Ralph II. Amy works as a writer and freelance editor of children's books. She lives with her husband, Joe, and their daughter, Phoebe, in Boston. Karla Firehammer , Karen Dismukes , Sandy Koeser , and Cathy McQuitty met each other at Hallmark, and have been beading together for many years. When not equipped with needle and thread, they are often chasing after their collective eight dogs and three cats, who provided plenty of models and material for this book.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Nifty beaded and appliqud illustrations distinguish Sklansky's (the ZOOMfun series) collection of 26 canine poems. Playful pups and precocious mutts (and frisky felines who make frequent cameos), rendered entirely in colorful, shiny beadwork, cavort across canvas spreads, highlighting different doggy endeavors. One dog negates his owner's hard work in "The Bath": "splash soap scrub mope.../ mud/ run/ roll/ done!" Only the back half of a dog is visible in the illustration, which also shows the bubble-filled clawfoot tub out of which the dog has leapt. Much of the verse is rather uninspired ("I don't do the backstroke/ Or swim the butterfly./ Doggy paddle is my stroke / I'll bet you can guess why!"). The art, while created by four beaders, is uniform in style: tidy, cheerful, enhanced by simple embroidery. Crafters will be especially interested in the endnotes, which explain that about 120,000 beads were used to make the book and that each illustration took between 40 and 120 hours to create. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-These verses celebrate the things dogs appreciate, such as Saturdays in the park, rolling in mud, car rides, and being nuzzled. Some present canine dreams while others document negative aspects of dog life such as fleas and baths. New readers will feel comfortable with the easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm, as in, "Into your loving arms I leap-/Please scratch between my ears./I love the way you cuddle me/And ease my doggy fears." The beadwork illustrations are innovative and attractive, lending glimmer, texture, and dimension to the book. They also enhance the frivolity of the selections in their comical depictions of different canine breeds. The final page provides information about the illustrative technique and the artists. Introduce this book to fans of Jack Prelutsky's Dog Days (Knopf, 1999).-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.