GOOD DOG

Maya Gottfried, Author, Robert Rahway Zakanitch, Illustrator , illus. by Robert Rahway Zakanitch. Knopf $15.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-375-83049-5

Every dog has his day—and his own spread—in this spunky collection of poems from a dog's eye–view, created by the team behind Last Night I Dreamed a Circus . These pooches have personality plus, from the chow who's eager to get outdoors ("Listen Up! It's time to go./ Get the leash. Let's hit the road") to a recently groomed Pomeranian upset about his appearance ("Look at me!/ Hair! Hair! Hair! I can barely see!/ Now I'm as round as a powder puff./ This is just embarrassing"). Alongside their individual poems, each of the 15 purebreds featured here (plus a mutt) appears in a full-color, full-page portrait on black background, opposite several spot sketches in black and white. The design helps give readers a more rounded understanding of what the dogs are really like. Gottfried's brief verses brim with a warm humor that pet owners will readily appreciate (e.g., a maltese with flowing white fur and a flower over its brow inspires a riff on marital vows: "Do you take this dog to be your friend?/ Do you promise to... be faithful to her, and her alone?"). Young readers will also have a chuckle imagining dogs expressing various sentiments. For his inviting artwork, Zakanitch takes inspiration from his previous "Aggressive Goodness Series" of large-scale canine paintings, and Gottfried also used the artwork as her inspiration for the verse. They do these dogs proud. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 01/24/2005
Release date: 01/01/2005
Paperback - 40 pages - 978-0-553-11383-9
Prebound-Sewn - 978-1-4178-1853-2
Library Binding - 1 pages - 978-0-375-93049-2
Open Ebook - 41 pages - 978-0-307-98351-0
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