100 Dogs: Playful Pups to Count

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100 Dogs: Playful Pups to Count
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2+
Release Date
June 01, 2021
ISBN
978-0593308301
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TOP DOGS! Can there really be 100 dogs behaving in oh-so familiar doggy ways packed into the pages of this picture book?

Leap dog, sheep dog, fallen fast asleep dog. . . . Follow Michael Whaite's fun and lively rhyme as it weaves its way from happy dogs to yappy dogs to every type of dog in between.

This romp of a read-aloud is bursting with amusing details to spot and hilarious hounds that dog-lovers won't be able to resist. Readers will want to pore over it again and again. Which dog is yours?

Michael Whaite is the award-winning author-illustrator of Diggersaurs and Diggersaur Explore. 100 Dogs was recognized with two Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards in England for Best Picture Book and Children's Book of the Year.

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Well done "doggerel"
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5.0
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This comically illustrated book doesn't have a plot, per se, but is a fun romp through lots of different "kinds" of dogs. I was expecting this to tell about different breeds, but it is more an exploration of how dogs act. We have dogs playing, frolicking, and even doing things that will seem a little naughty to young readers, like pooping, peeing on trees, and scooting their butts on the floor!
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The pages are brightly colored, and the lines of the various dogs very crisp, giving this a delightful, slightly P.D. Eastman vibe. There were some readers who commented that the dogs exhibiting bad behaviors were depicted as dogs that often get bad press. I can't say that I noticed this, but I did notice that a vast majority of the dogs are sort of generic short haired hound type dogs, and there were very few smaller, fluffy dogs represented. For example, I didn't see a dog that looked like my own Shih Tzu poodle mix, so it's not a surprise that the dogs exhibiting bad behaviors followed this type.

The real brilliance of this book was the cadence of the poetry. The words in this rolled along beautifully and would be such fun to read out loud! I am very, very picky about poetry, and this passed my stringent requirements for rhyme and meter. I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I am half tempted to invest in the 100 Cats book even though I am not fond of cats!

There's even a "lost dog" tail for readers to find, and I can envision a child spending many happy hours picking apart the pictures and looking for details in the background. A warning, however; as someone who read an excess of Sandra Boynton to my children, if you get this book, be prepared to be able to quote it back in its entirety thirty years from now! (All together now: "Shaggy dog, baggy dog, wag-wag-waggy dog, dirty dog, squirty dog, watering a tree!")
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