New Tricks I Can Do!

Robert Lopshire, Author, Robert Lopshire, Illustrator Random House Books for Young Readers $8.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-679-87715-8
Released in the Beginner Books paper-over-board format so well known to Dr. Seuss's countless fans, this slight tale stars Spot the dog, last spotted in Put Me in the Zoo. Addressing a pair of kids looking as if they'd stepped out of a '50s primer, the dejected canine explains why he has been dismissed as a has-been: ""Folks saw my spots up in the air. Folks saw my spots most everywhere. The circus says that's all I do. The circus wants somebody new. But I have more that I can do... all kinds of tricks-and all brand-new!"" But ""brand-new"" is hardly an appropriate description for the subsequent sing-song monologue, in which Spot reveals his talent for transforming himself into a variety of colors and patterns. While ably employing Seussian repetitions and cadences, the text-helped little by the stale art-lacks the vitality of Lopshire's best work. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-0-679-97715-5
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