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Dogs rule!
Kirk, Daniel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books For Children, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (45, [3] pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm)
General Note:
Compact disc.


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PS3561.I6844 D64 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3561.I6844 D64 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Arf! Bark! Bow wow! That's what dogs say, but just what are they trying to tell us? Find out: Why they chase their tails. Reasons to play fetch at 6 a.m. What's so great about fire hydrants? Which collars they don't want to wear and why. From a posh, perfumed lapdog to the ever-hungry chow hound, dogs tell you why cats drool and dogs rule!

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. Kirk offers 22 rhymed exclamations of doggy devotion, from a puppy's obsession with being petted to a chowhound's passion for food, from one pooch offering a rubber ball slimed and ready to toss to another answering the musical question, Who's your best friend? And a musical question it is, for the verses are all sung, with midrange tempos and simple arrangements, on the enclosed CD. Despite the occasional grumble about a cat or a collar, the tone is generally cheery, as reflected in Kirk's big, directly-in-your-face portraits of smooth-furred, broadly grinning canines. The selections, especially in their recorded versions, tend to go on too long, but the pleasures of tail chasing, hanging out of a car window, gnawing bones, and taking walks past a fire hydrant (Every dog who's been here / leaves a special scent. / I don't know where they've gone, / but I can tell you where they went! ) have never been captured with more slobbery exuberance. --John Peters Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Kirk (Go!) celebrates all things canine in this jokey, illustrated collection of 22 poem-songs, which he and an unembarrassable band perform on an enclosed CD. In Kirk's grainy caricatures, the pedigreed and mixed-breed dogs have human-like eyes and earnest smiles. Each piece takes a dog's point of view, from "Stay Out of My Yard!" to "Chasing My Tail." "Red Rubber Ball" confronts the audience with a full-bleed, close-up image of a dog holding a drippy ball in its jaws: "It's wet and it's sticky, and ready to throw./ I've chewed it for hours. How soon can we go?" "Purple Rhinestone Collar," performed as a blues song on the CD, pictures an offended-looking bulldog who has been forced to wear the fey accessory. "Lapdog" introduces a groomed toy dog ensconced in the lap of a dowager: "Feed me a bonbon; some cookies will do-/ A caviar sandwich? I'll share it with you!" A puppy laments being called a "Bad Dog," a hound misses its owners in "Howlin' Time" and a scruffy mutt praises its favorite sniffing spot in "Fire Hydrant" ("Every dog who's been here/ leaves behind a special scent./ I don't know where they've gone,/ but I can tell you where they went!"). A sleepy ballad, "Dog-Tired," closes the book and the folksy, mostly acoustic CD. Kirk's monotonous poems, most of them overlong and propelled by singsongy rhythms, will likely hold the interest of only the most sentimental dog lovers. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 6-In this oversized book, 22 lengthy poems, one per spread, run the gamut of dogginess. Rover delights in his sticky, red rubber ball. A puppy begs to be petted. An elegant lapdog enjoys her pampered lifestyle. Then there's the chowhound that is always hungry. A Chihuahua suffers from a poor body image and a terrier just wants to be loved. Canines catch Frisbees, go for walks, chase tails, are paper trained, and dig up bones. The selections are accompanied by bold, dynamic, full-page illustrations of expressive dogs. Kirk sings these clever selections on the accompanying CD. His voice is pleasant and the enunciation is clear. The varied instrumental styles such as rock, blues, and toy piano add another level of enjoyment to the book. This poetic canine tribute is sure to be a hit with dog lovers.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Dogs Rule!p. 5
Doghousep. 6
Red Rubber Ballp. 8
Pet Me!p. 10
Lapdogp. 13
Chowhoundp. 14
Squirtp. 16
Master, I Love You!p. 18
Stay Out of My Yardp. 20
Dog Walkin'p. 22
Chasing My Tailp. 24
No Dogs Allowedp. 27
Purple Rhinestone Collarp. 28
Dog-Bone Bluesp. 30
The Wind's in My Whiskersp. 32
Roll Over!p. 34
Fire Hydrantp. 37
What's So Good About a Cat?p. 38
Bad Dogp. 41
Howlin' Timep. 43
Who's Your Best Friend?p. 45
Dog-Tiredp. 46