Monday, February 6, 2012

Up Dog by Hazel Hutchins with illustrations by Fanny.

This little dog has lots of energy! He likes to go outside and dig up bones, drag them back to the house, and muddy up rooms. So when it's time to clean up, he needs to be fenced up while his owner washes up. But there's always time for a good snuggle up at the end of the day!

The first time I read this I was so focused on the individual pages and words that I completely missed the story going on in the background. It's not just a collection of up phrases, it really does tell a story about this dog's day. While many of the phrases are common ones that kids will be familiar with (dig up, wash up, hang up), there were a few, like pen up, that I thought might be new and unknown. But that's why books are so great - they can open a window onto a part of the world that you don't see every day. This is a fun concept book that I can easily see kids enjoying.

I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Annick Press.

Check out Hazel Hutchins' webpage.

Find it at IndieBound. 

Read it with:
Up Cat by Hazel Hutchins
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
Mattland by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert

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