Written and Illustrated by Emily Gravett

Simon & Schuster, 2010

I love dogs.

The plot in a nutshell:  There are lots of types of dogs and they’re all awesome.

There is no plot to this book.  It’s just a review of the opposing characteristics of different breeds of dogs.  There are big dogs and small dogs, barking dogs and quiet dogs, hairy dogs and hairless dogs and on down the line; this book expresses an appreciation for all of them and the traits that make them uniquely lovable.

This dog isn't bad.  He's just behaviorally challenged.

This dog isn’t bad. He’s just behaviorally challenged.

Author/illustrator Emily Gravett features a lot of different breeds in this book and lists many of them on the inside front and back covers, with cute sketches of each.  The artwork is wonderful, showcasing all the variances in sizes and shapes and colors that make up so many interesting dog breeds.  Toward the end of the book, there is a double page spread with all the dogs together and it makes you really appreciate all the little differences that have been pointed out, and yet also points out the things that all dogs have in common.

And what did we learn?  What I take away from this book is that dogs, like people, have many things that make them unique and individual.


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