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Show dog
McCarthy, Meghan.
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New York : Viking, 2004.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
When their town hosts a dog show, the Hubbles enter their dog Oval, a lovable pooch that can spin in circles, get the newspaper, and give big, wet, sloppy kisses.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 76170.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Ed is the Hubbles’ friendly mutt. Princess is Mr. Pitt’s perfect poodle. Both are show dogs. Well, not really, but don’t tell the Hubbles that! Ed can do everything that Princess can do. Roll over, sit up and beg, jump through hoops. Well, almost. At least Ed tries! Soon the big day arrives. Who will go home with the big prize? Shhhh, it’s a surprise....Meghan McCarthy’s bright, primary colors and lively text capture the inherent silliness of a dog show, revealing that, no matter what, the best dog is a fun dog.

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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Princess is a show dog. Perfect posture, shiny teeth, even a poodle pom-pom tail. Ed's family, the Hubbles, thinks he's a show dog, too, although he's dirty and he drools. When the Hubbles decide to enter Ed in a show, they mimic Princess and her owners' preparations--with very poor results. Things only get worse at the show itself, where uncouth Ed coaxes Princess to bolt, and the Hubbles wind up taking her home. The story is slight; the action and humor, which is considerable, are in the pictures--from the cover art, featuring a bug-eyed Ed, tongue lolling out, and the illustration showing him leaving his calling card at the show, to the final spread, in which Ed, Princess, and their puppies are crowded into a car. McCarthy's bold images outlined in black, often take up the whole page, and her goofy-looking characters are several steps above the usual cartoon folk, more varied, and more richly colored. The short text will work well at story hours. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

McCarthy (George Upside Down) plays this fast-moving tale strictly for giggles, as she compares the career of Princess, a show dog, with that of next-door-neighbor Ed, a happy-go-lucky mutt. Full-bleed spreads show Princess with mock-serious explanatory arrows pointing to her "perfect round puffy tail" and her "serious attitude"; Ed's arrows, on the other hand, point out his "drool," his "saliva-soaked ball," etc. "Okay, okay, so Ed isn't a show dog," the narrator continues. "But his family, the Hubbles, love him anyway." (Arrows point out the Hubbles' "tacky glasses" and poorly groomed hair.) When they see an ad for a dog show, advising that "only the best dogs should enter," they agree that googly-eyed Ed simply must have a turn. Scrapbook-style illustrations keep the action moving with painted photos and newspaper clippings. Predictably, Ed doesn't do so well-as soon as he gets in line in the show ring, he poops. "He can still win, right?" say the eternally sunny Hubbles. "Wrong! The judge announces the winners...." But it doesn't matter; Princess is smitten with Ed's joie de vivre. The last spread shows the Hubbles speeding off in their car with Ed, Princess and a carful of puppies. The Hubbles don't care if their ponytails are lopsided and their jewelry is plastic, and kids who feel the same way will love rooting for Ed and his slobbery heart of gold. Ages 3-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-After seeing a newspaper ad for a County Fair Dog Show, the Hubbles decide to enter their pet. While they think that Ed "is the best dog ever," their snooty neighbor, Mr. Pitt, dismisses him as just "a mangy mutt," and is sure Princess, his pedigreed poodle, will win the crown. Children will laugh at the diagram of Princess's flawless posture, with notations about her "perfect round puffy tail" and "serious attitude, serious haircut." In contrast, Ed's stage presence includes a "protruding tongue" and "spittle." As readers might expect, Ed wreaks havoc at the competition. The writing is witty and conversational. The wacky cartoon illustrations depict an unpretentious family with matching pop eyes. A labeled illustration points out amusing details, such as the mother's "tacky glasses" and "mismatched earrings," the father's "unshaven" face, the son's "ice cream" stained T-shirt, and the daughter's "lopsided ponytail." The final spread shows Princess, who has decided that she would live more happily ever after with the Hubbles, enjoying a ride in her new family's car with her head out the window. A funny, quirky story.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.