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Give the Dog a Bone

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Steven Kellogg is the award winning author and illustrator of over 100 children's books. One of the most popular author illustrator's working in the USA. He has won several awards in America, including ones for humour and his distiguished contribution to children's literature. He lives with Helen and Sylvia (Sylvia's a cocker spaniel) in Connecticut in the USA


Kellogg's (Yankee Doodle) busy and buoyant artÄrendered in colored ink, colored pencil, acrylic and watercolorÄtypifies his appealing style and kid-targeted humor. As his rhyming verse takes playful liberty with the traditional counting song of the title, full-page and panel illustrations introduce several old men, a handful of amiable kids and a canine cast that spans a variety of breeds. Kellogg depicts a colorful spectrum of scenarios: one old man, dressed in a cat costume, placates hounds with bones after they chase him into a tree; another thumbs his nose at the umpire who calls him out at home plate; a third steals six newly hatched chicks and, compounding his boorish behavior, refuses to hand out any bones. Supplementing the nonsense lyrics are lighthearted comments, presented in balloons, from both human and animal characters. As the tale winds down, the man who purloined the chicks returns to witness another hatchingÄthis time eggs crack open to reveal ravenous raptors who announce, "Now we'll tell you what to do: Give us bones or we'll eat YOU!" Verse and visuals will send readers rolling back to page one to replay this romp repeatedly. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

K-Gr 3-Part counting book, part comic strip, and part geriatric adventure, this zany version of "This Old Man" is not for everyone. The first verse will sound familiar, but not much that follows. In the third verse, for example, an old man dons a cat costume, climbs a tree to avoid being caught by three Rhodesian Ridgebacks (Nick-nack-nick-Up the tree!"), makes friends with the dogs by offering them bones, and then goes "purring home." For five, an African-American man wearing sunglasses and sandals plays "nick-nack on the hive" and is chased away by angry bees, as five basset hounds look on. The mood changes with number six, when a nasty gentleman, wearing a sky-blue top hat and suit, demands that a hen hatch her six chicks, takes the birds away in a box, and refuses to share the bones stuffed in his pocket with six cairn terriers. Though he receives his comeuppance in the 10th verse when he is attacked by 10 vicious velociraptors, he survives and ends up making friends with all of the dogs, guaranteeing a happy ending. The artwork, done in colored ink, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil, is presented in a series of panels that keep the action moving quickly. There are plenty of details for careful observers, different characters that appear throughout, and lots of things to count (250 dogs). An unusual, imaginative flight of fancy that will appeal most to die-hard Kellogg fans.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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