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Publisher Comments:

Fetching illustrations from an exciting new talent enliven this tale of a boy who loves dogs and the color blue — and finds a creative way to make his fantasies come true.

Bertie wants a dog, a blue dog, more than anything in the world. For now, though, he likes to pretend he has one, patting it, walking it, even playing both sides of a game of fetch. One day, Bertie finds a real dog, and it's puppy love at first sight — or is it? In this story of an inventive boy who meets the dog of his dreams, Polly Dunbar tells an engaging tale full of whimsy and humor.

Review:

"In Dunbar's (Flyaway Katie) impressive second offering, a child imagines the dog of his dreams, and when the real thing comes along, amends his wish to achieve happiness. Bertie loves blue. 'He had a blue sweater, a blue dog collar, blue shoes, but no blue dog.' With a soft pencil and pastel watercolor washes, Dunbar creates spot illustrations that bring to mind Sendak's early work. Bertie sports a comfy-looking blue turtleneck and blue shoes, and nearly dances across the pale yellow spreads as he throws a stick 'for his pretend blue dog,' then fetches it himself. When Bertie finds a little spotted dog, 'all alone and looking for an owner,' he rejoices. Dunbar shifts the background to a pale blue that seems to envelop boy and dog. The spots on the pooch resonate with the simple dot eyes an o-shaped mouth of the lad until they seem part of a whole. Bertie lifts the dog high in the air, then falters. The dog isn't blue. But when Bertie turns his back, Dunbar depicts both boy and dog as bereft. Bertie soon solves the problem, though: he names the dog Blue. Charmingly, in their unusually equitable relationship, Bertie does as many tricks as his dog does. 'Blue really loves Bertie,' Dunbar concludes. 'Bertie really loves Blue. Especially when... it's Bertie's turn to fetch!' Readers will enjoy watching Bertie resolve the fulfillment of his fantasy, thanks to Dunbar's polished artwork and skilled pacing. Ages 2-5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Fetching illustrations from an exciting new talent enliven this tale of a boy who loves dogs and the color blue and finds a creative way to make his fantasies come true.

Bertie wants a dog, a blue dog, more than anything in the world. For now, though, he likes to pretend he has one, patting it, walking it, even playing both sides of a game of fetch. One day, Bertie finds a real dog, and it's puppy love at first sight or is it? In this story of an inventive boy who meets the dog of his dreams, Polly Dunbar tells an engaging tale full of whimsy and humor.

Synopsis:

Bertie wants a blue dog more than anything in the world. For now, though, he likes to pretend he has one, patting it, walking it, even playing both sides of a game of fetch. One day, Bertie finds a real dog, and it's puppy love at first sight--or is it? Full color.

About the Author

Polly Dunbar lives and works as a freelance illustrator in London. She says, "DOG BLUE was inspired by a little Dalmatian puppet who lives in a blue shoebox with air holes in the top for 'breathing.' The story was written for Neil, his owner, who has blue eyes, a blue sweater, and like Bertie, loves dogs." Polly Dunbar is the author-illustrator of one other book for children, FLYAWAY KATIE.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763624767
Author:
Dunbar, Polly
Publisher:
Candlewick
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Animals - Dogs
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Animals - Pets
Subject:
Imagination
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Imaginative Play
Subject:
Blue.
Subject:
Imagination & Play
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Picture book
Series Volume:
no F25
Publication Date:
20040722
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
up to K
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-COLOR
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9.88x8.54x.39 in. .77 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
05-08

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Product details 40 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763624767 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Dunbar's (Flyaway Katie) impressive second offering, a child imagines the dog of his dreams, and when the real thing comes along, amends his wish to achieve happiness. Bertie loves blue. 'He had a blue sweater, a blue dog collar, blue shoes, but no blue dog.' With a soft pencil and pastel watercolor washes, Dunbar creates spot illustrations that bring to mind Sendak's early work. Bertie sports a comfy-looking blue turtleneck and blue shoes, and nearly dances across the pale yellow spreads as he throws a stick 'for his pretend blue dog,' then fetches it himself. When Bertie finds a little spotted dog, 'all alone and looking for an owner,' he rejoices. Dunbar shifts the background to a pale blue that seems to envelop boy and dog. The spots on the pooch resonate with the simple dot eyes an o-shaped mouth of the lad until they seem part of a whole. Bertie lifts the dog high in the air, then falters. The dog isn't blue. But when Bertie turns his back, Dunbar depicts both boy and dog as bereft. Bertie soon solves the problem, though: he names the dog Blue. Charmingly, in their unusually equitable relationship, Bertie does as many tricks as his dog does. 'Blue really loves Bertie,' Dunbar concludes. 'Bertie really loves Blue. Especially when... it's Bertie's turn to fetch!' Readers will enjoy watching Bertie resolve the fulfillment of his fantasy, thanks to Dunbar's polished artwork and skilled pacing. Ages 2-5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Fetching illustrations from an exciting new talent enliven this tale of a boy who loves dogs and the color blue and finds a creative way to make his fantasies come true.

Bertie wants a dog, a blue dog, more than anything in the world. For now, though, he likes to pretend he has one, patting it, walking it, even playing both sides of a game of fetch. One day, Bertie finds a real dog, and it's puppy love at first sight or is it? In this story of an inventive boy who meets the dog of his dreams, Polly Dunbar tells an engaging tale full of whimsy and humor.

"Synopsis" by , Bertie wants a blue dog more than anything in the world. For now, though, he likes to pretend he has one, patting it, walking it, even playing both sides of a game of fetch. One day, Bertie finds a real dog, and it's puppy love at first sight--or is it? Full color.
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