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Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problemsby Janet Stevens
Synopses & Reviews
Meet Tinkles, Gracie-pants, Lovie, Fritzie, Weenie, Walter, Comet, Ike, and Jack. They're a lively mix of dogs whoseand#160;owners dress them up so they'll put their best paw forward for theand#160;dog parade, which comes at the end of the book. Until that moment, we hear each dog confront their dress-up opportunity with anything from surprise to reluctance to relief. But all have fun joining the festivities, where they show off their dog-gone best.
and#160;and#160;and#160; Alternating between doggy narrators, the text is great to read aloud, offering readers a chance toand#160;play different dog characters. The illustrations are a dynamic combination of realistic, expressive, and cute, and the text design is playful and colorful.
"Every dog has its rough day now and then, which in this high-energy picture book calls for a letter to Mr. Mutt, Canine Counselor. Whether addressing a dog put on a diet by his people, or a pooch who's scolded for barking too much, Mr. Mutt offers a written note of nuts-and-bolts advice (to the hungry dog, he recommends searching the trash, etc.) and anti-cat commentary. His snooty, tiara-wearing cat companion, The Queen, takes issue with his 'catty remarks,' writing rebuttals on pink stationery. Similar to Mark Teague's Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School in both theme and epistolary format, this sister act's (The Great Fuzz Frenzy) effort lacks LaRue's narrative flow and clever situational humor. Stevens's mixed-media scenes of the pets' ultimate altercation contain the most fun: The Queen demonstrates her prowess with a digitally manipulated ball of yarn as she, taking umbrage at a feline insult, keeps her canine cohort too 'tied up' to help his correspondents out of the doghouse. Ages 3 — 7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Through letters and newspaper clippings--and with plenty of trademark humor--the authors give voice to despairing dogs everywhere who are having trouble with their humans. Full color.
What's a dog to do with a problematic human? Mr. Mutt has the answers!
Responding to disgruntled dogs nationwide, Mr. Mutt, Canine Counselor, has solutions to the most sticky dilemmas. But Mr. Mutt has his own problem to solve: the cat (aka The Queen), who has her own idea of whoand#8217;s in charge. Now Mr. Mutt is the one who needs help--quick!
Through letters and newspaper clippings--and with plenty of their trademark humor--Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel give voice to despairing dogs everywhere.
About the Author
JANET STEVENS is the author-illustrator of many popular books for children. Her picture books have garnered such awards as a Caldecott Honor, a Golden Kite Honor, and a Texas Bluebonnet Award. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL is the author of a number of acclaimed picture books, many of which she's written with her sister, Janet Stevens. She travels to shools nationwide as a visiting author. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
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