A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
One poem in particular portrays a dog at the pound. Another touches on cruelty to animals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will enjoy the poems about mischievous, wise, kind and mysterious canines.
Is It Any Good?
Tony Johnston peppers her book with canine quotes from Franz Kafka and William Shakespeare, which dog lovers will enjoy. The author takes readers on a journey from the first dog of the caveman, introduces us to Henry VIII's dogs, tells the story of Mr. Lincoln's doctor's dog, and reveals the long road taken by a dog seeking the holy manger.
From the image of a caveman-days dog lurking near a fire to an adorable pet hiding under a tablecloth, Ted Rand captures the power of the moment in his exuberant watercolor paintings. The Christmas dachshund with his bright red bow and the picture of a dog being an adoptive mother of kittens warms the heart.
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