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Jan 23 2017

A dog like that! by Janene Cooper

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Ill. by Evie Kemp. Starfish Bay, 2016. ISBN 9781877378416
(Age: 2-5) Janene Cooper introduces us to a little girl whose dog just doesn't conform, he's not like that! Grandad's dog is a guard dog, while Uncle's is clever and the neighbour's dog is fierce barking at the local cats and dogs. Instead of watching out for strangers, protecting the yard or barking this little brown dog prefers to sleep on the bed and lick everyone, even visitors. Yes, he does not fit in but he is a loveable pet who even licks up sad tears and keeps her company when she is sent to her room.
Evie Kemp's layered cutouts and computer graphics, placed on bright backgrounds enliven the different dogs represented. The fierce dog is positioned on a bold red background, while the bouncy Dalmatian has jumped part way off the page. The large single word exclamations are emphasized with large letters, they sum up the feelings presented and are enhanced by the images.
A dog like that is an enjoyable book to share with family and at story-time.
Rhyllis Bignell

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