Thursday, January 26, 2012

Picture Book Challenge: Dogs

Bark, George
written and illustrated by Jules Fieffer
HarperCollins Publishers 1999
ISBN: 978-0-06-205185-1
Grades PreK-2
Reviewed from personal copy.

BLURB: Bark, George is a delightfully silly picture book about a dog who can't seem to bark right; for some unknown reason, he makes all sorts of other animal sounds.

This is delightful book, perfect for sharing with preschoolers or kindergartners.  I have found that it inevitably elicits giggles.  I enjoy reading this book with great emotion, shock, frustration, and a surprising twist at the end.  I find that I like to pause before turning that final page.  The illustrations are deceptively simple yet convey every emotion.  This book reminds me of Mo Willem's Elephant and Piggie and Pigeon books.  How these authors convey so much in so few words and simple lines amazes me. I highly recommend this book, it's great for read-a-loud time.

Dogs
written and illustrated by Emily Gravett
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-1-4169-8703-1
Grades PreK-2
Reviewed from personal copy.


BLURBGorgeous canines of every shape, size and color are bounding through this irresistible book. Can you choose one dog to love best of all? With playful pencil and watercolor illustrations to delight children and adults alike, everyone will long to bark along with the Chihuahua and tickle the Dalmatian's tummy. This is a wonderfully satisfying book with a twist in the tail.

The children I shared this book with really enjoyed it.  Not only are the illustrations adorable and appealing, but the text is short enough to share with the youngest child.  In addition to being just fun to read, the book can be used to talk about different kinds of dogs, as well as opposites.  The twist at the end is amusing. I wasn't sure the kindergartners would get the ending but they did.  They were also more than happy to talk about their own experiences with dogs.  A fun read-a-loud on a perennially popular topic. 


 
Read to Me Picture Book Challenge 2012
Growing Level: 120 books read with child(ren)
Completed: 8

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this book. My second graders love books about animals. I'll have to add it to my list. :)

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  2. We love "Bark George"! "Dogs" looks like a great pairing!

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