A Dog Called Dog, this week’s Children’s Book of the Week, is a delightful book for young children. Filled with appealing illustrations, drawn by author Harri Romney herself, the book shows children why sharing is so much better than being selfish. Please read my full review below.
About the book Dog goes out for his usual walk one foggy morning. His friends come to find him, but the unsociable hound is eating his bone, and barks at them to go away until he’s ready to play. Dog eventually realises that his friends were trying to find him to come along and share their wonderful feast, but now they won’t share…Dog must rectify this situation.
About the Author by the Author I’m from the smallest county of Rutland in the UK. I’m the author and illustrator of quite a few children’s picture books. My trademark seems to have become, that I create picture books which are mostly written in narrative verse, plus do hand illustrations using traditional pencils and paint pens.
A Dog Called Dog is an enjoyable little rhyming book filled with very charming illustrations drawn by the author herself. Well written and easy to understand, the young reader is taken on a walk with ‘Dog’ as he goes to the park and meets his friends, one by one. Quite determined not to be interrupted by any of them whilst enjoying his bone, he refuses to play with them. He soon realises what a mistake he has made.
The short narrative is well-written, and amusingly, the same sentence is repeated throughout at the end of each page, “Leave me alone to eat my nice bone. I don’t want to play, so go away!” reinforcing Dog’s attitude.
More importantly the book demonstrates to young children that being selfish and not sharing doesn’t pay dividends, and it is possible to distance friends this way. Dog’s attitude is not acceptable.
Although this would make an excellent book to read aloud to small children, emergent readers would have no difficulty reading this on their own.
It is sweet, visually pleasing and entertaining!