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Dog food
Freymann, Saxton.
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Publication Information:
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Dog figures carved out of different fruits and vegetables "act out" such phrases as "Bad dog, " "Sick as a dog, " and "Doggy bag."
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Central Library X Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Clarence Library TX652.5 .F736 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library TX652.5 .F736 2002 Juvenile Fiction Little Books
East Aurora Library TX652.5 .F736 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Hamburg Library TX652.5 .F736 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Anna M. Reinstein Library TX652.5 .F736 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library TX652.5 .F736 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library TX652.5 .F736 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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For dog lovers of all ages, a banquet of (pepper) puppy puns!

Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers have wowed readers with the funny food faces of HOW ARE YOU PEELING, the underwater vegetable visions of ONE LONELY SEAHORSE and the lush produce landscapes of GUS AND BUTTON. Now with DOG FOOD, the duo turns its talents to the canine realm, wittily reworking familiar doggy phrases for a whole new level of humor and meaning. These pepper pooches and mango mutts are guaranteed to charm dog owners, dog lovers, and even -- dare we say it -- cat fans. Chow down!

Author Notes

Joost Elffers is the producer of Viking Studio's bestselling The Secret Language of Birthdays, The Secret Language of Relationships, and Play with Your Food.

He lives in New York City.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 3. Food sculptors Freymann and Elffers are at it again, turning vegetables and fruits into something not found in the garden or grocery. This time common produce is transformed into dogs--of every size, shape, and breed. While previous books How Are You Peeling? (1991) and One Lonely Seahorse (2000) had an educational component--the first introducing emotions and the second, counting--this book is just for fun. And what fun it is! Bananas, cucumbers, artichokes, broccoli, and more are rearranged and combined into hilarious canine scenes. Mostly familiar phrases containing the word dog or puppy accompany the artwork: "dog catcher" shows a dog catching a Frisbee; "dog tag" shows a pair of pups playing tag. Younger kids may not know all the expressions ("dog eat dog"), but it really doesn't matter; they'll be having too much fun enjoying the "dog show" to notice or care. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of the team behind How Are You Peeling? (about which PW wrote, "Photos of scowling oranges and gregarious scallions garnish this garden of delights") will welcome the board book editions of Dog Food and Baby Food by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers. Ingeniously carved peppers, potatoes and pears contrast "good dog" with "bad dog" and "top dog" with "underdog," while wide-eyed sculpted sweet potatoes and scallions emerge as baby alligators and armadillo pups. A pair to prize. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr-3-A variety of dogs is cleverly constructed entirely from fruits and vegetables. A dachshundlike pup is fashioned from bananas, and poodlelike pooches with curly locks are created out of cauliflower or broccoli. Simple cuts have been made to form legs and ears, and small pieces of other fruits and vegetables have been attached for eyes and other small body parts. Each canine appears on a bright, solid-colored background and is labeled with a simple phrase. The idiomatic expressions and other descriptors show the many ways the words "dog" and "puppy" have been incorporated into the English language. "Dog tired," "sick as a dog," "top dog," and "puppy love" are just a few examples. The endpapers show all of the creatures pictured in the book, and the back cover lists the ingredients used. Most children probably won't want to read this more than once, but it provides a brief, fun-for-browsing experience.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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