Review Blog

Nov 04 2015

Our dog knows words by Peter Gouldthorpe

cover image

Ill. by Lucy Gouldthorpe. Hachette, 2015. ISBN 9780734416346
(Age: 4+) Warmly recommended. Dogs, Families, Dog training, Responsibility. With charming illustrations showing a family and their dog, this book does far more than point out the words a dog can understand. It is a guide to how to treat a dog, how to teach it to be part of the family, understanding words and treats, fitting in with the lifestyle of the family which owns it and the family's responsibilities in having a dog. The pages show the family training their dog with treats, to sit and stay, roll over and fetch. The illustrations show a happy family and contented dog, lying on the bed together. All children will melt at the illustrations and the reader too while neither the reader or listener will be able to hold back laughter at the antics shown by both the dog and its family. The favourite words are left to last. These are the words that families have to spell out as the dog gets very excited hearing them. Words like W.A.L.K. and C.A.R. are just as easily understood by the pooch, and the last few pages are left to the last words of the day: bed.
Children will love looking at the antics of the dog in the house, and recognise some of the responsibilities of the family towards their animal in training it and treating it well, feeding, washing, taking it for walks, introducing it to other dogs and so on. A delightful book to begin talking about pets and responsibilities.
Fran Knight

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals 2017 longlist
CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist 2017
Branford Boase Award 2017 longlist
Children's Book Award 2017 shortlist
Infographic: Teen reading habits
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
Newbery and Caldecott Medals 2017
ALA awards 2017
Costa Children's Book Award 2016
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates