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Gorgeous canines of every shape and size are bounding through this book. Can you choose one dog to love best of all?


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Gorgeous canines of every shape and size are bounding through this book. Can you choose one dog to love best of all?

30 review for Dogs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    2010, March 6 I love Gravett's art, so would have enjoyed this book regardless. Actually, we all loved it, and everyone had to pick out their favorite dog. The picture of the Old English Sheepdog explosively shedding is worth the price of admission. Library copy 2010, March 6 I love Gravett's art, so would have enjoyed this book regardless. Actually, we all loved it, and everyone had to pick out their favorite dog. The picture of the Old English Sheepdog explosively shedding is worth the price of admission. Library copy

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    Read in 2011 — A charming book that celebrates dogs of all shapes and sizes. Beautiful illustrations.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Megan (ReadingRover)

    The art was cute in this book but there wasn't much to it. It was definitely for very young readers which is fine. The gist of it was I like big dogs and small dogs, slow dogs and fast dogs, this and that etc. It wasn't very exciting. What I did like and think was great was the last page with the unexpected twist on it. It turns out that the narrator isn't just some unnamed voice in the sky or a child. That gives the book a little bit of an edge I suppose. At least the dogs were cute and there w The art was cute in this book but there wasn't much to it. It was definitely for very young readers which is fine. The gist of it was I like big dogs and small dogs, slow dogs and fast dogs, this and that etc. It wasn't very exciting. What I did like and think was great was the last page with the unexpected twist on it. It turns out that the narrator isn't just some unnamed voice in the sky or a child. That gives the book a little bit of an edge I suppose. At least the dogs were cute and there was a basset hound included so that's a plus for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sylvester

    3* art 3* cool dogs Squirt just loves it when I bark like a dog. Laughs and laughs. The neighbors are beginning to wonder about me. I blame this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura Harrison

    I am still hoping that Emily Gravett moves to the states. Just long enough for her to grab a much deserved Caldecott. She is a gifted writer and illustrator.

  6. 5 out of 5

    babyhippoface

    As I read this, I kept thinking, I thought this would be funny because it's Emily Gravett..... She saved the funny 'til the end. :) As I read this, I kept thinking, I thought this would be funny because it's Emily Gravett..... She saved the funny 'til the end. :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ella

    A lovely book about all different types of dogs. WOuld be good for looking at opposites with lots of examples. There is a funny twist at the end of the book which was unexpected. Before you read to the end you could get children to predict who is narrating the book. I would read the book as a read-aloud story to FS and year 1 children. It could be extended to use with year 2 for exploring opposites.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Several years ago, Megan and I read a picture book called Wolves by Emily Gravett, and were struck by how funny and clever and all-around excellent it was. So when I saw Dogs while wandering through Barnes & Noble in search of a page-a-day calendar, I was really excited: Emily Gravett, yay! And I love dogs! And the cover features a dog holding its own leash in its mouth, which is pretty much unfailingly cute! So I put it on hold at the library, and Megan came over, and we read it. And, well, it' Several years ago, Megan and I read a picture book called Wolves by Emily Gravett, and were struck by how funny and clever and all-around excellent it was. So when I saw Dogs while wandering through Barnes & Noble in search of a page-a-day calendar, I was really excited: Emily Gravett, yay! And I love dogs! And the cover features a dog holding its own leash in its mouth, which is pretty much unfailingly cute! So I put it on hold at the library, and Megan came over, and we read it. And, well, it's sweet. But it's no Wolves. I think mostly the issue is just one of intended audience: Wolves was aimed at grades 1-3, so it's got some good verbal and visual play happening, while Dogs is aimed at younger kids, preschool to grade 1, so it's more basic, with simple and straightforward text. Each pair of facing pages includes a pair of dogs—or sometimes more—. Page A is "I love dogs that [do/are thing x]" and page B is "and dogs that [do/are the opposite of thing x]." I can see how this is good for little kids: there's lots of space on the page, the sentences are easy to follow and teach about opposites, and the dogs are undeniably endearing. For a grown-up reader who isn't reading to a kid, the art isn't quite enough to carry the book, but it's still pretty great. The endpapers feature black and white drawings of different dogs, labeled by breed: a happy-looking Saluki, a solid little Bull Terrier, a wary-looking [English] Bulldog, a cuddly-looking Shar-Pei. The color illustrations in the main part of the book are fleshed-out and sweet and often funny: the title page features a worried-looking St. Bernard holding a ragged toy bunny in its mouth; another spread includes a concerned-looking Westie watching a German Shepherd and another big dog tear the stuffing out of another toy; another spread includes two bigger dogs looking dismayed at a tiny Chihuahua's loud barking. Gravett captures the dogs really well in various poses—at rest or running or playing—and the different personalities of different dogs/breeds come across.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donalyn

    A great book for comparing dogs of all sizes, breeds, and behaviors.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Cute

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tin Cheung

    Cute and easy story that talks about all the shapes, sizes, and types of dogs. *check out the inside cover that lists out all the breeds of dogs in the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I think Emily recommended this one to me. I feel the narrator and I are on the same page when it comes to the dogs we like. :-)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Hunter

    Lovely illustrations, read in English Seminar. Good for Early Years introducing pets and varietry of dogs, pretty simplistic.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    There are many different types of dogs, big dogs, little dogs, spotty dogs, dogs that play, and many others. Of all the different types of dogs, the protagonist likes them all except one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Candy | Evianrei

    Grabbed a copy of this book from the library for my 9 month old son. He and I enjoyed the many dog illustrations (and I enjoyed finding out who the narrator was at the end!). Cute book, for very young readers, it doesn't get very wordy. Just focuses on the many types of dogs (big, small, long hair, short hair). Grabbed a copy of this book from the library for my 9 month old son. He and I enjoyed the many dog illustrations (and I enjoyed finding out who the narrator was at the end!). Cute book, for very young readers, it doesn't get very wordy. Just focuses on the many types of dogs (big, small, long hair, short hair).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Ives

    (Hardback, with board pages) The illustrations are rather nicely done, and as it says on the back, somewhat Gerald Scarfe-like. The text though, is so sparse, it takes barely a minute to read this book, even at your slowest pace. Nice, but not much to it. I read it in a shop. 3/5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    A perfect picture book for younger children. The illustrations are so wonderful - funny and expressive. The text is a series of opposites (big/small, hairy/bald, scruffy/smart). The ending is sweetly funny. Great!

  18. 5 out of 5

    June

    A simple introduction to a bunch of different, but lovable dogs, with a cute ending. Going to try and start up a PAL program at my new branch this fall and this might be a good intro book to the program.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Nelson

    Overall, I loved this book! It is a funny picture book with great illustrations and an even better ending! Emily Gravett's storyline helps to teach children about opposites and has a fun ending that makes the characters relatable to children! I enjoyed the words and comparisons of the dogs described throughout the book and thought the ending was PERFECT for an Emily Gravett book. This book had no cutouts or extra pieces to it like usual Emily Gravett books, which made it both surprising but was Overall, I loved this book! It is a funny picture book with great illustrations and an even better ending! Emily Gravett's storyline helps to teach children about opposites and has a fun ending that makes the characters relatable to children! I enjoyed the words and comparisons of the dogs described throughout the book and thought the ending was PERFECT for an Emily Gravett book. This book had no cutouts or extra pieces to it like usual Emily Gravett books, which made it both surprising but was still entertaining. Great book delivered by a great author!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robert Beveridge

    Emily Gravett, Dogs (Simon and Schuster, 2009) If you're familiar with Emily Gravett already, you've probably got a good idea of what to expect from this one; it's amusing, cute, vaguely educational, and with a twist at the end, though a much gentler twist than usual (no one gets eaten). Gravett's portraits of dogs (there's a breed key on the inside cover) are adorable. A good one for the toddler in the family. *** ½ Emily Gravett, Dogs (Simon and Schuster, 2009) If you're familiar with Emily Gravett already, you've probably got a good idea of what to expect from this one; it's amusing, cute, vaguely educational, and with a twist at the end, though a much gentler twist than usual (no one gets eaten). Gravett's portraits of dogs (there's a breed key on the inside cover) are adorable. A good one for the toddler in the family. *** ½

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Dog lovers of all sorts will appreciate the wide-range of dogs featured in this book, from frilly pink poodles, to tough bulldogs, or dogs dressed in sweaters, to (my favorite illustration of the book, perhaps because I can completely identify) dogs surrounded by a cloud of hair. And those who aren't particularly fond of dogs, may especially enjoy the twist at the end when the narrator is finally revealed. Dog lovers of all sorts will appreciate the wide-range of dogs featured in this book, from frilly pink poodles, to tough bulldogs, or dogs dressed in sweaters, to (my favorite illustration of the book, perhaps because I can completely identify) dogs surrounded by a cloud of hair. And those who aren't particularly fond of dogs, may especially enjoy the twist at the end when the narrator is finally revealed.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    This is a simple book. Fast and fun. There's not much text but I love Gravett's rendition of dogs in the ilustrations. She really captures the essence of them and I like that each page juxtaposes two clearly different dogs against one another. My favorite part is the surprise reveal at the end of who is telling the story. If you want to know who that is, give this a read. It takes two minutes and it's got a surprise twist at the end. This is a simple book. Fast and fun. There's not much text but I love Gravett's rendition of dogs in the ilustrations. She really captures the essence of them and I like that each page juxtaposes two clearly different dogs against one another. My favorite part is the surprise reveal at the end of who is telling the story. If you want to know who that is, give this a read. It takes two minutes and it's got a surprise twist at the end.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Dawn Long

    Picked up this book from the library because I'm a huge fan of Gravett's art. And, I love the art just as much as I always do. She's a fantastic illustrator. But the text was just middling. It's not really all that different from any other book for toddlers about loving dogs. If you have a kid who loves dogs, then this would be a great book to consider, as it's probably the most visually appealing one I've found. Picked up this book from the library because I'm a huge fan of Gravett's art. And, I love the art just as much as I always do. She's a fantastic illustrator. But the text was just middling. It's not really all that different from any other book for toddlers about loving dogs. If you have a kid who loves dogs, then this would be a great book to consider, as it's probably the most visually appealing one I've found.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    This author/illustrator has a number of fun books. The end pages show a number of different dog breeds. The book begins "I love dogs. I love big dogs and small dogs...." ends with "But the dog that I love best? Let's see ....." The narrator is a little unexpected. opposites. comparisons. This might be a fun mentor text for first grade. Would this be fun to pair with "Go Dog Go"? This author/illustrator has a number of fun books. The end pages show a number of different dog breeds. The book begins "I love dogs. I love big dogs and small dogs...." ends with "But the dog that I love best? Let's see ....." The narrator is a little unexpected. opposites. comparisons. This might be a fun mentor text for first grade. Would this be fun to pair with "Go Dog Go"?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tom Garrett

    Emily Gravett's stunning and funny illustrations work to make this a fun read for younger children. The book contains lots of descriptive words, with many antonyms. This makes it a useful text to have in my repertoire when I come to teach these types of words. I feel like it would also be a nice inspiration for young children to use before creating their own story, maybe focusing on other animals. Suitable age range would be Foundation to Year 1 Emily Gravett's stunning and funny illustrations work to make this a fun read for younger children. The book contains lots of descriptive words, with many antonyms. This makes it a useful text to have in my repertoire when I come to teach these types of words. I feel like it would also be a nice inspiration for young children to use before creating their own story, maybe focusing on other animals. Suitable age range would be Foundation to Year 1

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This author is very hit and miss for me! I either really love or really dislike her books. I will say that all her books are creatively written and illustrated...I just think some of them are a little far out there and/or inappropriate for the audience she is writing for. But I really loved this book! It is SUCH a fun read...and I'm not a big dog lover! Great illustrations! This author is very hit and miss for me! I either really love or really dislike her books. I will say that all her books are creatively written and illustrated...I just think some of them are a little far out there and/or inappropriate for the audience she is writing for. But I really loved this book! It is SUCH a fun read...and I'm not a big dog lover! Great illustrations!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    My 20-mo-old son adores this book. (maybe because he adores dogs?) He likes to fill in the blank for me about the type of dog in the picture (hairy, tough, fast...). It's a very simple idea with simple words, so probably wouldn't be too interesting to elementary kids, except for the last page punch-line (Typical for Gravett books), but I could be wrong about that. My 20-mo-old son adores this book. (maybe because he adores dogs?) He likes to fill in the blank for me about the type of dog in the picture (hairy, tough, fast...). It's a very simple idea with simple words, so probably wouldn't be too interesting to elementary kids, except for the last page punch-line (Typical for Gravett books), but I could be wrong about that.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Treasa

    All of the books that I have read by Emily Gravett have been sort of quirky, which is really fun. This book is no exception. It is a very simple text with gorgeous and funny illustrations of dogs. And there's a great little twist at the end. I loved it and am excited to share it with the next dog-loving child I meet. All of the books that I have read by Emily Gravett have been sort of quirky, which is really fun. This book is no exception. It is a very simple text with gorgeous and funny illustrations of dogs. And there's a great little twist at the end. I loved it and am excited to share it with the next dog-loving child I meet.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This was a very cute book with a surprise ending. I love surprises, but most of all I just love dogs. This book is packed full of all kinds of dogs. The illustrations are great. I loved the expressions on the dog's faces. I also loved how the publishing/copyright information is displayed. Very Clever. This was a very cute book with a surprise ending. I love surprises, but most of all I just love dogs. This book is packed full of all kinds of dogs. The illustrations are great. I loved the expressions on the dog's faces. I also loved how the publishing/copyright information is displayed. Very Clever.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen Arendt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is my kind of dog book. How adorable that the CIP is in the shape of a dog bone! The narrator explains what kind of dogs she likes. The illustrations are absolutely charming, especially the chihuahua (you can "hear" the barks in the illustration) and the St. Bernard. The best part is the end when the narrator tells what kind of dog she loves best: the kind that doesn't chase you! This is my kind of dog book. How adorable that the CIP is in the shape of a dog bone! The narrator explains what kind of dogs she likes. The illustrations are absolutely charming, especially the chihuahua (you can "hear" the barks in the illustration) and the St. Bernard. The best part is the end when the narrator tells what kind of dog she loves best: the kind that doesn't chase you!

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