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All Richard wants is a dog even though his mother tries to give him other kinds of pets.
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From a psychiatrist who debuted with Bedtime Cat (1991), another story constructed on a repetitive pattern, but with a stronger story and a more satisfying conclusion. Richard wants a dog, but his mother says it'd be too much trouble; instead, she gets him other animals, each resembling one of the dogs in the book he's always reading (the mouse looks like a Chihuahua) and each larger than the last (the pony looks like a Great Dane). At last, Richard has his way--and the dog is ``a lot of trouble, but it was worth it.'' The conclusion is realistic--though the dog is real, all the other animals turn out to be toys. Unpretentious but amusingly expressive, Reiser's bright pen-and-watercolor illustrations tell much of the story, while the very simple phrases in the text get funnier with each dogged repetition-- readers are sure to chortle at the idea that a bear, and even a lion, could be less trouble than a dog. A promising readaloud. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2. In this short tale by Lynn Reiser (Greenwillow, 1992), Richard longs for a dog. His mother provides other pets which Richard likens to pictures in books about dogs. The caterpillar looks like a Lhasa Apso, the lamb like a Bedlington Terrier. The simple repetitive text, dependent on the folksy, pleasant illustrations for important details of the story, finds a most suitable vehicle in this read-along format. Only through the pictures does one sense the growing pandemonium resulting from the addition of the various pets. In the end, Mother relents and,although Richard concedes that dogs are a lot of trouble, he declares that the dog is worth it. A male narrator reads slowly, and sprightly music and animal sounds begin and end the presentation. Page-turn signals, the sound of a page turning, are on one side of the tape.?Fritz Mitnick, Shaler North Hills Library, Glenshaw, PA
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