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God got a dog
Rylant, Cynthia.
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Uniform Title:
God went to beauty school
Publication Information:
New York : Beach Lane Books, [2013]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
A novel in poems that reveal God's discovery of the wonders and pains in the world He has created.
General Note:
Revised edition first published by HarperCollins in 2003 under title: God went to beauty school.
God woke up -- God went to beauty school -- God got in a boat -- God made spaghetti -- God went to the doctor -- God got arrested -- God took a bath -- God went skating -- God caught a cold -- God wrote a book -- God got cable -- God found God -- God got a desk job -- God went to India -- God got a dog.
Reading Level:
Ages 10 up.
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Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and two-time Caldecott Honoree Marla Frazee imagine a God living among us in this spirited and moving collection of illustrated poems.

What if God was living a human existence? What might God do to pass the time? Write a fan letter? Get a desk job? Make spaghetti? Take a bath? Get a dog?

A sublime book for all ages, God Got a Dog celebrates the simple things in our world while taking a long, close look at what it means to be human. The soft, reflective, and often humorous words and pictures create a glimpse into everyday life through wide and wondering eyes that blends the familiar with the profoundly spiritual.

These poems were originally published by HarperCollins without illustrations as part of a larger collection entitled God Went to Beauty School #65533;2003.

Author Notes

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University.

Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature.

She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award.

She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Oh, God. As this book so intriguingly suggests, You do come in many shapes and sizes. Colors, too. But more than what the deity looks like, this slim volume of 15 poems focuses on what God does. Each poem title is a declarative sentence with a strong verb: God woke up. God went to beauty school. And tenderly, God found God. The free verse suggests faces of God that probably won't be familiar to Sunday school students. For instance, when God went to India, it was to see elephants, one of the best things he has made. Elephants know how to mourn, as God does, because he has lost everything: You make life / You make death. When God got a boat, she is surprised to discover how much sense her creation makes, far more so than looking at Earth from far away. And after God went skating, it's clear that the occasional invincibility God feels is matched by a willingness to try new things. The messages aren't always immediately clear, but that's what makes this so much fun. Seeing God in new ways allows children to think about their relationship to him or her differently. In this interpretation, God and humans are cocreators of an evolving world. Though the poetry has been published before in a collection, the artwork is all new. Frazee's pictures, each facing a page of text, are a powerful contrast of light and darkness, restlessness and contentment. God didn't think she had time for a dog. But she got one anyway.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sixteen poems from Rylant's God Went to Beauty School (2003) return in a new collection, accompanied by new artwork from Frazee, whose graphite-and-gouache illustrations are ideally attuned to the poems' moments of irreverent humor and poignant reflection. In several images, Frazee portrays God as a child, such as the girl with spiky braids and yellow life vest riding in a swan boat in "God got a boat," or the boy sprawled out on a sofa in "God caught a cold," tissues littering the floor ("It's hard to/ thunder/ `Thou shalt not!'/ when it comes out/ `Thou shalt dot!' "). Rylant and Frazee's visions of God as a trucker delivering a fan letter to a country music singer, an ostensibly homeless woman walking through a gorgeous gothic church, and a dadlike fellow in plaid pajamas and slippers sipping coffee under an apple tree combine to form a celebration of God's humanity and mankind's divinity. Ages 10-up. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-An award-winning author and illustrator team up to create a lyrical celebration of where the divine meets the mundane, and ultimately what it means to be human. In this small book of poetry, God decides to "try out" different activities and experiences of humanity, and the results are by turns thought-provoking and inspiring. Each of the 15 poems is coupled with a quietly incandescent illustration that supports the text but doesn't overwhelm it or diminish its impact. Taken from the author's longer collection God Went to Beauty School (HarperCollins, 2003), this slimmed down, repackaged version brilliantly captures its sweetness and substance but provides a simpler progression and arc. Selections alternate pronouns for the deity, with God referred to as He or She in each poem. In "God Got Arrested," his anger "erupted like/the wrath of.../Oh, right./Never mind." While this title might be controversial and potentially inappropriate for some religious institutions, it will appeal to a wide audience of both children and adults. This is one book that's easy to pick up, but hard to put down again.-Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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