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. Volume XVIII Number 21. . . .February 3, 2012
Eileen Spinelli and Geraldo Valério continue their successful partnership with their newest picture book, Do You Have a Dog? Following the pattern established in Do You Have a Cat? and Do You Have a Hat? the duo combines bright bold graphics with simple repetitive poetry.
As with the previous titles, Spinelli introduces young children to a variety of famous and lesser known historical figures – this time through their relationships to their dogs. Further information about each pair of characters can be found on the endsheets of the book. Spinelli is not as successful, however, with the rhymes or the cadence in her vignettes. At times, the rhymes feel forced, and the meter varies from page to page which is distracting to the reader and slows the tempo of the read-aloud. Further, her choice of word combinations occasionally trips the tongue.
Jonine Bergen is a librarian in Winnipeg, MB, who is proud to say I do have a dog – and yes, my dog has me.
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