by Richard Byrne
When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!
This Book Just Ate My Dog!
Richard Byrne's (The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur) comedy gets its mileage from a single joke, but his pacing is skillful and his humor sweet-tempered. Bella wears a knit cap and a sensible dress as she takes her gigantic spotted dog for a "stroll across the page." As the dog approaches the center of the spread, where the two pages meet, "something very odd happened." Bella looks back to see that the dog's front half has disappeared into the book's gutter, followed quickly by the rest of it; Bella is left yanking a leash that disappears between facing pages. It's an effective visual trick, and it continues to draw grins as people and vehicles follow Bella's dog into two-dimensional oblivion. Bella's friend Ben disappears ("Ben decided to investigate"), followed by the dog rescue van, the police and fire brigade ("Things were getting ridiculous"), and, finally, by Bella herself. A note asks the reader to shake the book sideways, which restores order—almost. It's quick, fizzy entertainment, good as a waiting-room read or an addition to the bedtime pile. Ages 3–6. (Sept.) From the Publisher Praise for This Book Just Ate My Dog!: "A lively physical slant on the interactive picture book." - BCCB "It's quick, fizzy entertainment, good as a waiting-room read or an addition to the bedtime pile." - Publishers Weekly "A carnivorous book invites readers to participate." - Kirkus Reviews "Byrne's comical play on the book's gutter will entertain kids and adults . . . This book will make for a good one-on-one reading, giving children an opportunity to save the day." - School Library Journal
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication date: 9/30/2014
Age range: 3 - 6 Years
- Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Interactive Adventures Animals |
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