Friday, January 7, 2011

Puppies! And their "Puppy Breath"

My roommate Casey has the cutest dog in the world. I am typically a cat person, but since meeting Miss Gabby East, I've grown a soft spot for pooches. I was playing with Gabby today and remembered one of my favorite books about dogs: Dog Breath! Check this book out today with your children, and while you are at it, go check out your local shelter and help out little friends there.

Dog Breath
by: Dav Pilkey
Summary:  "A dog named Hally, who lived with the Tosis family," emits green puffs of breath so toxic they knock Grandma Tosis out of her chair. When the Tosis parents put their putrid pet up for adoption, the Tosis kids try to save Hally: they bring her to a site with a "breathtaking view"; to a movie (starring "Perry O'Donnel and Giner Vitus") said to leave audiences "breathless"; and to a roller coaster so fast it makes riders lose their breath-to no avail. Yet a glimpse of a headline on a newspaper (called The Daily Foreshadow) and a wanted poster showing two robbers presage a happy ending: the villains visit the Tosis home and suffer the odiferous consequences. Pilkey's punchy art, characterized by heavy black outlines and bold colors, matches the clowning quality of the text (the watercolors, pencils, magic markers, and Dijon mustard"). Guaranteed to ward off smellancholy. Ages 4-8.


Also take a few moments to recognize the play-on-words included in this book. What is Halitosis? How do you get Gingivitis? 
Use this book to do a writing exercise. Ask your child to write you a story about a funny animal they know. 

I hope everyone enjoys this book. Here's the pup that inspired the post: 

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