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God Got a Dog


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*Starred Review* Oh, God. As this book so intriguingly suggests, You do come in many shapes and sizes. Colours, too. But more than what the deity looks like, this slim volume of 15 poems focuses on what God does. Each poem title is a declarative sentence with a strong verb: “God woke up.” “God went to beauty school.” And tenderly, “God found God.” The free verse suggests faces of God that probably won’t be familiar to Sunday school students. For instance, when “God went to India,” it was to see elephants, one of the best things he has made. Elephants know how to mourn, as God does, because he has lost everything: “You make life / You make death.” When “God got a boat,” she is surprised to discover how much sense her creation makes, far more so than looking at Earth from far away. And after “God went skating,” it’s clear that the occasional invincibility God feels is matched by a willingness to try new things. The messages aren’t always immediately clear, but that’s what makes this so much fun. Seeing God in new ways allows children to think about their relationship to him or her differently. In this interpretation, God and humans are cocreators of an evolving world. Though the poetry has been published before in a collection, the artwork is all new. Frazee’s pictures, each facing a page of text, are a powerful contrast of light and darkness, restlessness and contentment. God didn’t think she had time for a dog. But she got one anyway. Grades 6-9. --Ilene Cooper

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* "Several of the poems from Rylant's wry meditation" God Went to Beauty School" (2003) are regathered, rearranged and luminously illustrated by Frazee.... Frazee's illustrations take the idea of the multiplicity of God in all of us and run with it.... Divinity is indicated with a faint halo, but Frazee never sacrifices the ineffable humanity of each depiction; her Gods are fat, skinny, joyful, contemplative, worn-out.... Funny, devout and oh, so human; this collection hits home."

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