Synopses & Reviews
From the award-winning team behind A Curious Collection of Cats comes a new collection of visual poems celebrating all things canine—from obedience school, to backyard break outs, to flatulent Fidos. Whether your best friend is a plucky Jack Russell, an indecisive basset hound, or a poodle with an indiscriminate appetite, you're sure to find this dazzling display doggone delightful.
In an exuberant collection of concrete dog poems a follow up to A Curious Collection of Cats the whimsy of Franco's poems is matched by the modern meets retro collages into which they are integrated. The titular dog in "Apollo at the Beach" yaps at a flock of seagulls upon which the poem is printed: "he charges and barks/ chasing them/ chasing their shadows/ wishing he'd sprout wings" while "The Words Waffle Hears" fill speech bubbles ("Sit/ Walk/ Treat/ Squirrel/ Down/ Bad/ Good/ Girl!"). Franco and Wertz persuasively convey canine behavior from devoted companion to inner wolf as well as the trials and treasured moments familiar to many owners. Dog lovers won't want to miss this clever jubilant gem. All ages. (Jan.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"In an exuberant collection of concrete dog poems, a follow-up to A Curious Collection of Cats, the whimsy of Franco's poems is matched by the modern-meets-retro collages into which they are integrated. The titular dog in 'Apollo at the Beach' yaps at a flock of seagulls, upon which the poem is printed: 'he charges and barks,/ chasing them,/ chasing their shadows,/ wishing he'd sprout wings,' while 'The Words Waffle Hears' fill speech bubbles ('Sit/ Walk/ Treat/ Squirrel/ Down/ Bad/ Good/ Girl!'). Franco and Wertz persuasively convey canine behavior, from devoted companion to inner wolf, as well as the trials and treasured moments familiar to many owners. Dog lovers won't want to miss this clever, jubilant gem. All ages. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
BETSY FRANCO has written more than 80 books for children and young adults, including picture books, poetry collections, novels, and nonfiction. Her books have garnered many awards, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor, Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best, Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List, Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nomination.
MICHAEL WERTZ is a talented Bay Area artist whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. His work has been recognized by Communication Arts, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators. His "Dog Blog," featuring illustrations of 100 dogs in 100 days, was featured in Bark magazine.