Hangdog (Dial Books for Young Readers)

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The loneliest dog in the world, unable to make friends, sets off on a journey in a makeshift boat, hoping to find a friend somewhere in the world.

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Readers have probably passed a hound like Hangdog often but just never noticed him. No one ever notices him, not even a whale in the high seas. Hangdog is the loneliest dog in the world, and he wonders whether it's his voice or his doggy looks. Sad and friendless, he decides to sail awaya and so builds himself a boat from a grandfather clock, a broomstick, a garden shovel and other useful accessories. In the middle of the sea, he feels alone but not lonely; then a storm hits and sweeps him off to a distant shore. A tiger chases him across a desert island, and Hangdog, "out of places to go," decides that he's prepared to be eatenhe won't be missed anyway. "Not on your life!" says the tiger, who himself has been waiting for a friend like Hangdog for a good long time. Round tells his story of a no-longer-lonesome pooch in a comic-strip style of squiggles and scribbles, and readers learn as much about Hangdog in the droll pictures as they glean from the text. An adventure that is both hilarious and touching. Ages 3-7.
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PreSchool-Grade 2 Even though Hangdog is ``gentle and kind and very polite,'' he can't make any friends, no matter how hard he tries. Discouraged, he builds a boat from a grandfather clock and sails away. Swept overboard in a violent storm, he eventually reaches a jungle- covered island. There he encounters a fierce tiger, who, instead of attacking Hangdog, begs him to be the friend he has wanted for so long. Round's illus trations are bright and amusing. Hang dog is an appealing pudgy dog. He is so likable, in fact, that children are sure to wonder why he can't find a friend with out taking off for the high seas. It's a basic question that's never answered. Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Universi ty, Minn.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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