Move Over, Rover!

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Award winner is an especially fun read-aloud.

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Parents need to know that there is nothing offensive in this delightful rhyming picture book.

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What's the story?

Rover and his friends come in from the cold, but will the doghouse hold them all?

Is it any good?

Stories where people or animals add themselves to something -- be it a parade, bed, or (in this case) dog house -- are a classic of the picture-book genre, and with good reason. Kids love the predictability and scare-free tension. They also love being able to "read" along with the repetitious lines. MOVE OVER, ROVER! is a great example of the add-in plot. The sing-song rhyme makes it fun for adults to read, and the assertive but lyrical orders ("Skit-scat, Cat!") are awfully fun to say (or shout, for particularly enthusiastic kids).

Dyer's illustrations wash across the page, effectively conveying the animals' damp, crowded misery. Bright, sunshine-at-last colors eventually take over, and Rover's final joyous romp across the yard is an adorable way to tie up the story.

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  • Families can talk about rainy days. What's fun or not fun about rainy days? How could you make them more fun?

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For kids who love dogs and read-alouds

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