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The Doghouse
Contributor(s): Thomas, Jan
ISBN: 0544850033     ISBN-13: 9780544850033
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $9.00  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: June 2018
Annotation: When their ball accidentally rolls into the doghouse where they believe a scary Dog is staying, Mouse, Pig, Cow and Duck engage in a comic disagreement about which of them should retrieve the ball, never guessing what is really going on in the doghouse. 30,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fear; Fiction.
Domestic animals; Fiction.
Dogs; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018071627
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Giggle Gang
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 7.00" W x 0.20" (0.55 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
Mouse, Cow, Pig, and Duck's ball bounces into a menacing-looking doghouse. "Who will get it out?" Mouse sends in Cow, then Pig, then Duck--none of whom returns. When a gruff-looking dog appears, Mouse assumes the worst. Thick black outlines, solid color blocks, and easily read facial expressions will work well for storytimes and have preschoolers rolling in the aisles. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #6)
Mouse, Cow, Pig, and Duck are playing happily when their ball bounces into a rather menacing-looking doghouse. "Who will get it out?" The accompanying picture shows the animal friends along the bottom edge of the page, visible only from the nose up, all eyes looking sideways at Cow, who stares balefully ahead. Mouse elaborates: Cow is big, brave, and strong. "Moo?" wonders Cow. Into the doghouse Cow goes -- but doesn't come out. Next is Pig: smart, wise, and stinky. When Pig ("I am NOT stinky!") fails to come out, it's Duck's turn. "Duck is uh...well... NOISY," a fairly accurate description: scared senseless, Duck can't stop quacking. All alone now, Mouse asks timidly, "Can't you come out, Duck?" When a gruff-looking dog appears and says he's having Duck for dinner, Mouse assumes the worst, but the joke is on him. Thick black outlines, solid blocks of color, and easily read facial expressions will work well for story times. Allusions at the end to cake and turnips recall Thomas's earlier A Birthday for Cow!, which featured these four barnyard friends being just as silly. Read both books together, and you'll have preschoolers rolling in the aisles. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 October)

PreS-K— The barnyard animals are playing with a red ball that accidentally rolls into the doghouse. Who's going to get it out? Mouse says Cow is big, brave, and strong, and must go first. Cow goes in but does not come out. Pig tries next, as Mouse deems him smart, wise, and stinky. Pig takes offense at the "stinky" designation, but proceeds into the doghouse. Pig does not return either. Duck, as the loudest, goes next—and disappears just like the others. The only one left outside, Mouse timidly calls out, "Can't you come out, Duck?"—upon which Dog appears in the doorway and says, "No! Because I am having duck for dinner." Mouse assumes the worst, but the last spread shows all the animals inside the dog's house sitting down to a meal. Mouse joins the party on the endpapers, just in time for dessert. The simple cartoon characters, scenery, and dialogue balloons are outlined in thick, bold lines. Colors are smooth and flat, with backgrounds done in bright blues, purple, and lime green. The pictures are large and distinct, and will work well with a group. The joke is an old one, but it's always new to kids just beginning to understand wordplay.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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