________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 22 . . . . February 12, 2010

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Where Does Your Dog Sleep?

Jean Freeman. Illustrated by Val Lawton.
Regina, SK: Your Nickel's Worth Publishing, 2008.
32 pp., pbk., $12.95.
ISBN 978-1-894431-27-9.

Subject Headings:
Dogs-Juvenile fiction.
Sleep-Juvenile fiction .

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 4-7.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4

excerpt:

"Where does your dog sleep?"

"Does your dog sleep in the bathtub?"

"No, my dog doesn't sleep in the bathtub!"

 

Where Does Your Dog Sleep? consists of a simple, repetitive dialogue between two boys who are dressed in their baseball team uniforms and are carrying baseball gloves and a bat and ball. As the pair meander through the streets accompanied by a small dog, one boy keeps suggesting, in question form, places where the other boy's dog could be sleeping. The potential sleeping sites range from the possible and likely, such as "under the sink" or "behind the door," to the much less likely, like "in the fridge" or "up in a tree." To each of nine suggestions, the other boy responds in the negative. While dog owners will recognize that dogs sleep wherever they want to sleep, Freeman imbeds this conclusion within a surprise ending.

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     The repetitive pattern of the text will be quickly recognized by pre-readers who will undoubtedly join in on any out loud reading of the book. While Lawton's simple cartoon-like illustrations maintain the book's light tone, the only way the two boys can be differentiated from each other is via the numbers on their uniforms. When the questioner suggests a sleeping place, Lawton represents it through a thought bubble-like illustration.

     A good book for beginning readers, Where Does Your Dog Sleep? could form the basis for some classroom drama (or a campfire skit) or as a model for writing about other creatures and their sleeping locales.

Recommended.

Dave Jenkinson, CM's editor, lives in Winnipeg, MB.

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