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. Volume XI Number 1 . . . . September 3, 2004
Undoubtedly, some children will have difficulties in comprehending the photos' unusual perspectives. As well, the youngsters will not always make connections between what the pups are supposed to be portraying and the letter of the alphabet to which the photo is connected. Numerous examples abound right from the book's opening "Arf! Arf! which to some children will be "bow-wow!" The biggest difficulty resides in the fact that too often static photos are connected to action words such as "Beg," "Come!" "Jump!" and "Wag, wag, wag." The most successful pictures are those very few which are connected to nouns like "Tail" and "Paw." Two of the least effective photos actually face each other and are supposed to represent "Eat" and "Fetch." In both instances, a dog is shown holding something in its mouth. A running dog becomes V's "Vroom! Vroom!" while a sprawled dog is X's "X marks the spot" even though the fourth leg and final arm of the X cannot be seen.
A closing page, which is labelled "Breeds," identifies the various dogs found throughout the book.
Most libraries can pass on The Dog From Arf! Arf! to Zzzzzz.
Recommended with Reservations.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and YA literature at the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
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