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Good Dog

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Free verse Who's Who of cuddly canines.

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Amazingly, the free-verse poetry here gives a very real, yet subtle and sensitive, introduction to each of 16 breeds of dogs, from the Westie to the mutt. In simple and straightforward language, the Westie shows he aims to please while, in words that are scratching and tumbling over one another, the springer spaniel just wants to play. The Chihuahua is full of frenetic energy, a Pomeranian bewildered by an embarrassing hair-do, and a Scottie tale-wagging-ly excited to be out in the snow. Recited in the voice of each dog, the mood is lighthearted and friendly, the message is a "get to know me" plea.

Playful pencil sketches and a full-paged painted portrait fill out the poetic presentation that makes each plea so totally engaging. Placed against a shiny, black enamel background, the paintings by Robert Rahway Zakanitch are remarkably expressive and endearingly full of compassionate appeal. The portraits alone make this a book worth picking up.

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