Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
Our favorite books about dogs this month, in honor of the "dog days" of August. The hottest days of summer are called the "dog days" after Sirius,
the dog star, which is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (the big dog). Read more about that here!
written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer
George's mother is patient, but only up to a point. She is attempting to get George, her puppy, to speak. But the first time she asks him he replies, "Meow." The second time he does a quick "Quack-quack," and the third time it's a simple "Oink." By the time George gets to "Moo," his mother has had it. What happens next will crack up kids and adults alike. Surprisingly simple words and drawings add up to so much more in this smart and entertaining book.
Marley: A Dog Like No Other
by John Grogan
J 636.75 GROGA
A true story of a mischievous dog that will make you laugh at the things he does and the trouble he gets himself into. If you are an animal lover, this book will quickly become one of your favorites!
Earth Hounds, As Explained by Professor Xargle
by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross
"Earth Hounds can stand on four legs, three legs, and two legs. They can jump as high as a roast beef." A hilarious lesson from esteemed alien Professor Xargle about the care and keeping of canines. The illustrations and text work perfectly together-- any dog owner (or lover) will be laughing out loud from start to finish!
Sally Goes to the Beach
written and illustrated by Stephen Huneck
Sally can tell something is up. She can smell it in the air. She and her owner are off on a trip to the beach. Follow Sally on her trip to the island in the ocean. Sally meets new friends, a crab explores her nose, and dogs frolick in the ocean. The block prints in bright colors illustrate Sally's trip beautifully. Simple text describe Sally's thoughts from a dog's viewpoint as she explores the seashore.
Harry the Dirty Dog
by Gene Zion
J 523.3 SIMON
A classic story of a mischievous little dog who is loved by his family. Harry is a white dog with black spots, who transforms into a black dog with white spots after playing outside and getting dirty. I especially enjoy the apparent affection between Harry and his loving family. This theme-- and the book itself-- transcends time.
Ivan the Terrier
written and illustrated by Peter Catalanotto
Ivan the terrier loves a good story. . . make that INTERRUPTING a good story. So simple, but so funny. Great for reading aloud-- any kid will get a big kick out of this one.
Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month focuses on a different category or theme.
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