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Friday 25 June 2010

Review: Dogs

Title: Dogs

Author: Emily Gravett

Illustrator: Emily Gravett

Publisher: Pan Macmillan, $14.99 RRP

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780230712485

For ages: 3+

Type: Picture book

About: Dogs come in all shapes and sizes; they can be big and small, stripy and spotty, good and bad, slow and fast, scruffy and smart. Some dogs play, some bark, some chase, and others don’t.

The narrator of this story loves them all… but you’ll have to read to the end to find out who that is, and which dogs they like the best.

When you give in to the beseeching eyes of the little ‘sausage dog’ that stretches all around the cover, begging you to take him for a walk by buying the book, you won’t regret it. Gravett’s dogs are gorgeous and make you want to reach inside the picture with a biscuit and a pat. Each has its own endearing character, with unique expressions and funny characterizations of each breed.

The rhymes are uncomplicated and fun for little ears and dog-lovers: ‘I love dogs that bark and dogs that don’t, I love dogs that play and dogs that won’t’.

Dogs is classic Gravett; a lovely story with beautifully drawn characters that make reading aloud a fun, heartwarming experience.

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