I don't want a posh dog

Emma Dodd, 1969-

Book - 2009

A girl describes in rhyming text the types of dogs she does not want, and finally arrives at a dog that she can call her own.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
New York : Little, Brown 2009.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
Item Description
Originally published: London : Orchard Books, 2008.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780316033909
0316033901
Main Author
Emma Dodd, 1969- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Kids want pets. And even if they're not quite old enough to have their own, that's not going to stop them from fantasizing. That's where Dodd's charming ode to picking the perfect dog comes in. An unnamed girl in a pink dress is certain of what she doesn't want. An outfitted pooch in a handbag accompanies the declaration: "I don't want a snooty dog. / A fancy, attitudey dog." Three bruisers snarl through the following verse: "I don't want a snappy dog. / A growly, never-happy dog." The girl also rejects dogs who are gruff or needy or itchy. What's left? "I just want a silly dog. / A sweet willy-nilly dog." The rhymes are clever and succinct, and the simple line art incorporates photo elements (a purse, some Astroturf) that lend the right touch of surrealism. The return of all the discarded doggies in a climactic mad dash gives readers a chance to point out their favorite rejectees. A fun, light introduction to all the mutts in young readers' futures. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Dodd (What Pet to Get?) tours the world of canine temperaments and concludes that sweetest is best. A petite girl with a pert haircut and a flowered dress imagines herself the owner of various dogs, rejecting each in turn with cleverly turned verse: "I don't want a posh dog./ A blow-dry-when-washed dog," she says, wielding a hair dryer at a haughty poodle with a rhinestone collar. As she's pulled off her feet by a racing greyhound, she says, "I don't want a speedy dog," while on the next spread, a rotund dachshund goes to work on a hamburger and fries, as two others clamor for attention ("A greedy, pleady, needy dog"). The exaggerated characteristics and expressions of Dodd's dogs are giggle-inducing, while jaunty type and digitally manipulated areas of texture amp up the text's inherent energy and the dogs' personalities. When a wire-haired gray dog with floppy ears appears, joyfully circling around the girl, she reveals that she wants "a none-too-proud or loud dog," cuddling the newcomer as the others roar past, "a know-me-in-the-crowd dog." Plenty of fun for dog lovers. Ages 3–6. (June) [Page 42]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—In her search for the best pet, a child explains her likes and dislikes as she surveys a parade of pooches. Which, then, is the perfect dog? Most are rejected—the posh dog, speedy dog, gruff dog, or snappy dog. Even the snooty, "fancy, attitudey" dog is NOT what this child wants. She's looking for a "not-too-proud or loud dog," a "know-me-in-the-crowd dog"—simply one to play with and call her own. In short, she's searching for a true friend. The artwork is a colorful creation of mixed media, and the collage of textures pops off the pages. A greyhound speeds across grass, while the feathery fluff of loose hair and fleas on one pooch invites readers to truly feel like the "itchy, scritchy, scratchy, twitchy" dog. Dodd's illustrations convey emotions with simple lines, and well-placed dots show expressive eyes. Varying font sizes and concise text describe the canine choices. This title is for dog lovers everywhere.—Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX [Page 84]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Taking her search to find the perfect dog very seriously, a little girl visits many shops and meets many potential pooches of all shapes, sizes, and colors before finally picking out just the right one to call her very own.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A girl describes in rhyming text the types of dogs she does not want, and finally arrives at a dog that she can call her own.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

I don't want a handbag dog.A tail-not-meant-to-wag dog.I just want a silly dog.A sweet willy nilly dog.A dog I can call MY DOG!While posh puppies may be all the rage, there's nothing better than a silly, sweet dog that you can call your very own. In this charming picture book, one little girl sets off in search of her perfect pup. Along the way she meets dogs of every shape and size, but ultimately, she knows when she's found the one that's just right for her. This heartwarming story celebrates in a playful and humorous way the special bond we share with our beloved canine companions.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

I don't want a handbag dog.A tail-not-meant-to-wag dog.I just want a silly dog.A sweet willy nilly dog.A dog I can call MY DOG!While posh puppies may be all the rage, there's nothing better than a silly, sweet dog that you can call your very own. In this charming picture book, one little girl sets off in search of her perfect pup. Along the way she meets dogs of every shape and size, but ultimately, she knows when she's found the one that's just right for her. This heartwarming story celebrates in a playful and humorous way the special bond we share with our beloved canine companions.