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Title:
One-dog canoe
Author:
Casanova, Mary.
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Publication Information:
New York : Melanie Kroupa Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
A girl and her dog set out in their canoe one morning, only to be insistently joined by a series of animals, large and small.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 190 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 69902.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.8 1 Quiz: 34929 Guided reading level: I.
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ISBN:
9780374356385
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Book

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Summary

Sometimes - the more the merrier

I set off one morning in my little red canoe.
My dog wagged his tail.
"Can I come, too?"
"You bet," I said.
"A trip for two - just me and you."

But when "with a slap and a swim" Beaver scrambles in, and then "with a 'woo-hooo!' - flap!" Loon lands in the young canoeist's lap, it's clear that this will be no ordinary canoe trip.

A bouncy rhyming text and exuberant pictures full of funny, escalating antics will have young readers laughing out loud - for just when it seems the canoe can't hold anyone else, frog jumps in!


Author Notes

Mary Casanova is the author of several novels and a picture book, The Hunter , a Booklist Editors' Choice and a winner of the Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Ranier, Minnesota.

Ard Hoyt is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design. One-Dog Canoe is his first book. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 1. A canoe trip turns into a rollicking adventure as a little girl and her dog set out for a paddle. Beaver wants to come too, even though the girl tells him, "There's not much room. It's a one-dog canoe." But he climbs aboard, as, in turn, do Loon, Wolf, and even Bear and Moose. They all manage to stay afloat, until Frog leaps in. A veritable explosion of wildlife ensues as animals, canoe, girl, paddle, and picnic basket are flipped into the air, then fall and land with a splash. There's no harm done, though. As the soaked yet gracious paddler remarks, "It's okay--we had a good swim!" The hilariously exaggerated facial expressions on the animals are the highlight of Hoyt's softly colored illustrations; Beaver's toothy grin as he seats himself firmly in the canoe sets the comic tone for the following action, and each animal has a suitably worried look as the others pile in. --Diane Foote


Publisher's Weekly Review

Casanova (The Hunter) puts a North Woods spin on the popular folktale "The Mitten" as she loads up a small red canoe with animals of the forest and lake until the tippy boat can take no more. The wide-eyed blonde narrator sets off on a solo canoe ride, only to be accosted by her tail-wagging dog, "Can I come, too?" She replies, "You bet,... a trip for two-just me and you." Successive creatures emerge from land, water and sky to ask the paddling girl the same. She rebuffs them kindly, explaining that the craft is only big enough to accommodate its current occupants ("Maybe next time! It's a one-loon, one-beaver, one-dog canoe"). The animals nevertheless plop right in and make themselves at home. Rhyming text sets a buoyant tone, as do debut artist Hoyt's lively illustrations. Bestowing humorous anthropomorphic expressions on each critter's face, the artist also offers entertaining perspectives of the turmoil in the boat, e.g., enormous Moose, who easily fills most of a spread, settles in among wide-eyed Bear and Wolf, hungry Loon and the incredulous dog, as Beaver flinchingly peers out from beneath a paddle. An amusing subplot, about the fate of the girl's picnic lunch, develops wordlessly, to great effect. Readers will happily embark on this animated excursion. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A lively rhyming text and a wry sense of humor take a wide-eyed, ponytailed little girl and her dog on an adventurous trip down the river. As they set off, they are accosted by a seemingly endless train of hitchhiking animals that ask, "Can I come, too?" And although it is just a "one-dog canoe," this kindhearted child cannot help but say yes to the beaver, the loon, the wolf, the bear, the moose, and, finally, the frog that is just enough of a straw to break this red canoe's back. So with a "Swoosh-a-bang flop!" over they all go into the water. But despite the dunking, the girl remains resolutely upbeat, since they "had a good swim!" Well patterned, this story has the expected ending, but the choice of animals gives it a strong sense of place, as the girl encounters backwoods creatures and eventually paddles off into the Northern Lights. From the bucktoothed, begging beaver to the supremely confident wolf to the sad-eyed moose, the watercolor illustrations give the animals lots of personality, and the picture of all of them stuffed into the groaning canoe as well as of their inevitable big splash will surely elicit giggles. Pair this title with John Burningham's Mr. Gumpy's Outing (Holt, 1995) for some silly storytime fun.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.