Sunday, February 12, 2012

Review: Up Dog by Hazel Hutchins


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
A little dog can get up to big things!

Uh-oh! Look out, house! This little dog is very busy cheerfully digging up and chewing up everything in sight. It's a sad little dog who's locked up in the pen while the house and garden are tidied up. But all is not lost, as he's cautiously welcomed back up the steps and into the house at the end of the day.

Readers will have fun both watching the antics of this little dog and interpreting the animated facial expressions that range from determination and dejection to joy. While readers follow the dog from bad to good in rhythmic two- or three-word panels, they'll also learn how to use "up" phrases.

Together with UP CAT, this engaging board book will expand toddlers' vocabulary while delighting them with everyday scenes in the lives of two adorable animals.
MY TAKE:

I like dogs more than cats, which is probably why I like this better than Up Cat.

Up Dog and Up Cat are basically a pair of books that help toddlers expand their vocabulary and familiarize themselves with the word "up".

Using phrases that contain the word "up", the book illustrates a day in the life of a dog. It takes a lot of creativity to create two books using this concept, so hat's off to the author.

Thanks to NetGalley and Annick Press for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:
  1. Cute illustrations.
  2. There's a storyline despite the fact that it's composed entirely of phrases.
  3. It pairs well with Up Cat.
THE BAD:
  1. It feels too short.
FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
wait up, pup
READ IT IF:
  1. Your kid loves dogs.
  2. You have a toddler.
  3. You want to expand your toddler's vocabulary.
RATING:
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