Cover image for Some dogs do
Some dogs do
Alborough, Jez.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
When Sid tries to convince his doggy classmates that he flew to school, they do not believe him.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 72955.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 1 Quiz: 34065 Guided reading level: J.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In the inimitable world of the creator of the bestselling Hug and Where's My Teddy?, some dogs do fly--and little pups everywhere are encouraged to dream big. Full color.

Author Notes

Jez Alborough was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey in 1959. After secondary school, Jez went to Art School in Norwich. After college, he spent two years as an editorial illustration freelancer, before he started writing and illustrating his own children's books. In 1984 his first book, Bare Bear, was published and in 1985 Jez was runner-up in The Mother Goose Award for this book. He has now written and illustrated over thirty books for children

Alborough and 500 schoolchildren in London embraced each other for fifteen seconds in a giant "hugathon," raising nearly six thousand dollars for charity and earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in celebration of the publication of his book Hug.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This tale seems stale compared with Alborough's previous work in Hug or Where's My Teddy? When Sid the puppy "set[s] off for school one day, a happy feeling [comes] his way." Suddenly, he finds himself literally light as air and flying among the clouds, but when he tries to prove his ability to his scornful, mocking classmates, he fails miserably. Sid looks like a fetching stuffed animal prototype in Alborough's characteristically energetic gouaches, here effectively divided into panels to indicate successive actions. However, the clunky text weighs the book down with clich?d ideas. The climactic scene features Sid's father sounding more like a child psychologist than a hound dad: " `I know a secret, Sid,' he said./ `Could you keep it safe inside?' " The narrator helpfully rhymes, " `What's the secret?' Sid replied." When Sid watches his father flying, he learns the answer: "Do dogs fly? Is it true? Some dogs don't, and some dogs do." Children just learning to distinguish fact from fancy may have difficulty understanding what their negative or positive feelings (or scorn from their classmates) have to do with metaphorical flight. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this tribute to the power of positive thinking, rhyming verses describe how Sid, a young hound, experiences an uplifting revelation on his morning trip to school: a joyful feeling "filled him up so much he found/his paws just lifted off the ground." Once airborne, he twirls and swirls "like a doggy-shaped balloon" for the rest of the journey. Alas, his fellow canines can't get past their own grounded paws and refuse to believe him. Even his teacher points out, "All dogs walk and jump and run,/but dogs don't fly-it can't be done." Finally, when a classmate asks Sid to demonstrate his new ability, the now-unhappy pooch is unable to get off the ground. Dazed and dejected, he returns home with his self-confidence destroyed. Sid's parents soon come to the rescue, as his dad reveals a secret he's kept for ages. Done in gouache, the illustrations glow with bright colors as the excited pup leaps off the page in delighted flight. A variety of perspectives and the range of expressions on the characters' faces will entertain readers. A wonderful addition to any library and a great choice for storytime, this book will speak to children facing new situations or lacking self-esteem.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.