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Oct 05 2016

Oi dog! by Kes and Clare Gray and Jim Field

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Hodder, 2016. ISBN 9781444919585
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Dogs, Verse, Word play. After the successful Oi frog!, this trio has written another picture book concerning a dog sitting on a frog. Frog is not too pleased so offers alternatives to the dog sitting on a frog. He thinks the dog should be sitting on a log, and wants change to occur. Dog is a little perplexed and so asks what bears will sit on. Bears sit on stairs is the response, and children will laugh out loud as they predict what that word might be. Each time a new animals is spoken of, readers will respond quickly with a rhyming word, adding to the fun of the story. Crickets, moths, slugs, leopards, cheetahs and pigs, boars, gnus, whales, kittens, dragons and puppies are amongst the array of animals presented for the readers' amusement, and combined with the natty illustrations, splashing colour and vibrancy across the pages, the whole is a snortingly good tale to keep children amused and engaged.
The huge list of animals and what they will sit upon is repeated at the end of the book, with the dog then asking the one questions still to be asked, where will frog sit? This is a funny interactive book designed to keep readers' interest to the last page, following on from their successful Oi Frog! (2015)
Fran Knight

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