Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Bandgt;Music icon Bob Dylan and acclaimed illustrator Scott Campbell team up in this delightful interpretation of Dylanand#8217;s 1970 song, and#8220;If Dogs Run Freeand#8221;!andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;If dogs run free,andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Why not we?andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In this quirky, spirited interpretation of Bob Dylanand#8217;s 1970 song, and#8220;If Dogs Run Free,and#8221; illustrator Scott Campbell brings Dylanand#8217;s lyrics to life as a celebration of the freedom and creativity of childhood. Children of all ages will delight in the message, and#8220;Just do your thing!and#8221;
"'If Dogs Run Free,' from the 1970 album New Morning, is Dylan's version of a novelty song: a goof on a '50s-style mashup of piano jazz and spoken word ('If dogs run free, then what must be/ Must be, and that is all./ True love can make a blade of grass/ Stand up straight and tall'). It inspires the talented Campbell (East Dragon, West Dragon) to create a benevolent, retro-ish watercolor universe of cross-species friendships and endlessly fun things to do, with a wide-eyed and inexhaustible girl, her younger brother, and their pet dog as ringleaders. When Dylan muses, 'If dogs run free, why not me/ Across the swamp of time?' Campbell offers an aquatic orchestra of sorts, as the main characters are joined by a host of frogs, waterfowl, turtles, and dogs, all floating on logs, lily pads, and a cooperative crocodile while they sing and play musical instruments. But despite the succession of lively scenes Campbell paints, without Dylan's ironic, gravelly delivery and the knowing accompaniment, the text comes off as opaque. Ages 4 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"and#8220;If Dogs Run Free,and#8221; from the 1970 album New Morning, is Dylanand#8217;s version of a novelty song: a goof on a and#8217;50s-style mashup of piano jazz and spoken word.... It inspires the talented Campbell (andlt;iandgt;East Dragon, West Dragonandlt;/iandgt;) to create a benevolent, retro-ish watercolor universe of cross-species friendships and endlessly fun things to do, with a wide-eyed and inexhaustible girl, her younger brother, and their pet dog as ringleaders."
"The lyrics to a 1970 Dylan song serve as the text for this quirky ode to children and dogs running free, doing their own thing. Through his appealing watercolor illustrations, Campbell has done a fine job creating a coherent, imaginative story from Dylanand#8217;s poetic lyrics...a satisfying tale, with undeniably cute canines and children running free and enjoying life, on their own like rolling stones."
"This illustrated version of a lesser-known Bob Dylan song focuses on the joys of a carefree childhood. A girl and her younger brother wander through their day, have adventures on the playground, make mischief at a swamp, and gaze at the night sky. Along the way, more and more dogs join their play...sweet, simple concept...humorous watercolor illustrations."
"Bob Dylan fans will love this sweet interpretation of his canine-themed 1970and#8217;s hit, andlt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dogs-Run-Free-Bob-Dylan/dp/1451648790/ref=sr_1_5?s=booksandamp;ie=UTF8andamp;qid=1420834585andamp;sr=1-5andamp;keywords=bob+dylan" target="_blank"andgt;andlt;Iandgt;If Dogs Run Freeandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/aandgt;. Kids will go nuts for Scott Campbelland#8217;s detailed illustrations, and all parents/babysitters/librarians/grandparents will appreciate the message: Just do what you love, the rest will follow."
About the Author
Bob Dylan is one of the most celebrated songwriters and performers of all time. He has released thirty-five studio albums with hits ranging from andldquo;Blowinandrsquo; in the Windandrdquo; and andldquo;Like a Rolling Stoneandrdquo; to andldquo;All Along the Watchtower,andrdquo; andldquo;Knockinandrsquo; on Heavenandrsquo;s Door,andrdquo; and andldquo;Make You Feel My Love.andrdquo; He has been awarded the French Legion of Honor, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the countryandrsquo;s highest civilian honor. His memoir, andlt;Iandgt;Chronicles: Volume Oneandlt;/Iandgt;,andlt;Iandgt; andlt;/Iandgt;spent a year on the andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestseller list.Scott Campbelland#8217;s paintings have appeared in numerous shows and publications around the world. He has created award-winning comics, such as and#8220;Igloo Head and Tree Head,and#8221; which appeared in the Flight anthology, and is the illustrator of andlt;iandgt;Zombie in Love andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Zombie in Love 2 + 1andlt;/iandgt; by Kelly DiPucchio; andlt;iandgt;East Dragon, West Dragonandlt;/iandgt; by Robyn Eversole; and andlt;iandgt;If Dogs Run Freeandlt;/iandgt; by Bob Dylan. Scott lives in New York City. Visit him at PyramidCar.com.