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Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers
Contributor(s): Numeroff, Laura Joffe, Mathieu, Joe (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0689808747     ISBN-13: 9780689808746
Publisher: Aladdin
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 1996
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Annotation: "Dogs don't wear sneakers, and pigs don't wear hats, and dresses look silly on Siamese cats". So begins Laura Numeroff's lively laugh-along text that explores the many ways humans differ from our furry, feathery, and finny friends. Joe Mathieu's hilarious illustrations bring the wacky menagerie to life. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Animals; Poetry.
Imagination; Poetry.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Dewey: 811/.54
LCCN: BL 99776861
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 8.25" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 87265
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q03195
Reading Level: 1.7   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Animals would look pretty silly doing a lot of the things that people do all the time. The unlikely combinations in Laura Numeroff's cheerful rhymes and Joe Mathieu's bright, zany pictures will make you laugh out loud. What sort of crazy creatures can you dream up?

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1994)
A verse details a list of things animals [cf2]don't[cf1] do: ""Moose don't go bowling / And hens never swim / And you'll never see roosters / Working out in a gym."" Readers are invited to think of other items to add to the list. The verse is fun but fairly average; the color illustrations of anthropomorphic animals are cartoonlike. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1996 August #3)
"Mathieu's exuberant art sets off Numeroff's neatly veiled silliness" in this "antithesis of a nonsense rhyme?a verse that derives its kid-appeal by its apparent sensibleness," said PW. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1993 August #4)
Despite the catchy canine title, Numeroff and Mathieu's picture book is not about Man's Best Friends. Rather, the author and illustrator work together to pull off what could be the antithesis of a nonsense rhyme--a verse that derives its kid-appeal by its apparent sensibleness. But as the text intones various truths (``Dogs don't wear sneakers / And pigs don't wear hats / And dresses look silly / On Siamese cats), the illustrations serve up irreverent contradictions: a pack of well-shod pooches prances its way through a ``Dog Days Marathon''; the aforesaid pigs and cats don lavish costumes for a production of ``The Pigs of Penzance.'' One particularly frolicsome scene (``Fish don't eat bagels'') shows a pair of hatted fish perched on stools at an underwater diner, one in the process of ``schmearing'' his bagel. Mathieu's exuberant art sets off Numeroff's neatly veiled silliness. Good goofy fun. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1994 January)
PreS-K-A jaunty, rhymed text provides a litany of unlikely scenarios- sheep in the shower, hens in the swimming pool-some of which work better than others. It's Mathieu's wacky and inventive illustrations that really carry the show. His expressive animals lift weights, dangle off diving boards, and cavort in a variety of crazy outfits. Kids will enjoy the silliness, even if the book isn't as much fun as John Cameron's If Mice Could Fly (Atheneum, 1979; o.p.). Teachers will appreciate the final page, which invites readers to ``tell me what you see,'' making the title a spirited springboard for creative activities. Useful, but not especially memorable.- Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.
 
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