Archie

Domenica More Gordon

Book - 2012

Archie, a fashion-loving dog with a faithful pet of his own, leads a quiet life until he gets a sewing machine and begins creating canine couture that captures attention all over town, even from a queen and her two royal corgis.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Bloomsbury 2012.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
Item Description
First published in Great Britain in 2012.
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 20 x 29 cm
ISBN
9781599909363
1599909367
Main Author
Domenica More Gordon (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Archie is a dog who owns a dog (think Goofy/Pluto). When the handsome fellow acquires a sewing machine, Archie makes his white Highland terrier a coat. While out for a walk, he spies a woman (bulldog) walking her bulldog—perhaps she would like a coat for her pet? Soon business is booming: dogs are being dressed, and then the bulldog woman asks for an outfit of her own. A lovely green suit is made, Archie and his friend begin stepping out, and a trip to Greece is in the works. On the last spread, a lady with a crown and a corgi rings Archie. The ending may fall flat for kids, who probably won't know that the lady is Queen Elizabeth. Still, this picture book (wordless, except for some sound effects, e.g., ring, ring) has a lot going for it. Smooth, buff-colored pages provide the background for the exceptionally well-executed ink-and-watercolor art in which the characters are always the focus. With little else to distract, one does notice that Archie sometimes looks different (it's the ears), but this mostly charms, both in style and offbeat substance. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Gordon, a Scottish artist whose uncannily lifelike felted dogs have attracted gallery showings and celebrity attention, makes her picture book debut with an all-dog cast and a story about creativity and growing fame. Archie, a well-dressed dog, receives a sewing machine as a gift. He takes to it immediately, creating smart outfits for his own pet dog, his friends' dogs, and his friends. His phone is ringing off the hook by book's end—the final call comes from a canine monarch with a crown, handbag, and pet corgi. Although Gordon is a newcomer to the form, her ?visual storytelling is already marvelously accomplished. Her line, pacing, and judicious use of empty space seem long-practiced, and her hand-lettered sound effects—the only text in the story—evoke smiles ("pom pom pom de pom," Archie hums casually as he takes his dog out in his new coat; "ohhh" says a pug on the street, aching with envy). Even without the success Archie finds, his life as a clothing designer living alone with his dog is a winning premise; it's a distinctively British pairing, somewhere between Jeeves and Wooster and Wallace and Gromit. Ages 3–6. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—This nearly wordless story with an all-canine cast is picture-reading at its best. When Archie receives a sewing machine from his Great Aunt Betty, he creates a simple garment for his dog. The simple coat garners a request from another owner. That, in turn, brings more requests. Before long the telephone is constantly ringing. Archie's designs are in demand. They become more elaborate, one-of-a-kind, carefully matched to the owner and dog. Business is so good that Archie begins thinking about a vacation. His planning is interrupted by yet one more phone call. Archie's fame has spread to Britain's most royal dog owner! The watercolor illustrations are outlined with pen and ink and set against clean white backgrounds that let Archie and his creations shine. Each dog, owner and pet, is individual, and there's no way to misidentify the Queen and her Corgi. These cartoon-style paintings read easily and are highlighted by onomatopoeic words. Dog lovers and fashionistas will be delighted.—Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH [Page 76]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Archie, a fashion-loving dog with a faithful pet of his own, leads a quiet life until he gets a sewing machine and begins creating canine couture that captures attention all over town, even from a queen and her two royal corgis.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Archie, a fashion-loving dog with a faithful pet of his own, leads a quiet life until he gets a sewing machine and begins creating canine couture that captures attention all over town, even from a queen and her royal corgi.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Meet Archie: Designer. Fashionista. Dog. Archie leads a quiet life with his faithful pet. That is, until he gets a sewing machine and his creativity starts to run wild. It's not long before Archie's nimbleness with a needle catches the attention of his friends and fellow dog walkers. Soon, the entire city is straining at the leash for one of his couture concoctions... including a queen and her two very royal corgis. This enchanting, nearly wordless picture book about following your dreams wherever they may lead will inspire and delight readers of all ages.