From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On

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A spirited celebration of dogs

"My tail won’t stop its wagging.
My rear end has an ache.
Back and forth and back and forth–
It never takes a break!"

Dogs. Dogs. Dogs. Big dogs, small dogs, cowboy dogs, and even astrodogs! In poems that bounce and spill and shoot off into space (just like their subjects!) and stunning hand-beaded pictures that capture the true nature of man’s best friend, this delightful collection celebrates dogs in all their tail-wagging, tongue-lolling glory.

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Amy E. Sklansky grew up in the company of dogs: First there was Ralph I, then Bridget, and finally Ralph II. Amy works as a writer and freelance editor of children’s books. She lives with her husband, Joe, and their daughter, Phoebe, in Boston.

Karla Firehammer, Karen Dismukes, Sandy Koeser, and Cathy McQuitty met each other at Hallmark, and have been beading together for many years. When not equipped with needle and thread, they are often chasing after their collective eight dogs and three cats, who provided plenty of models and material for this book.

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Nifty beaded and appliqu‚d illustrations distinguish Sklansky's (the ZOOMfun series) collection of 26 canine poems. Playful pups and precocious mutts (and frisky felines who make frequent cameos), rendered entirely in colorful, shiny beadwork, cavort across canvas spreads, highlighting different doggy endeavors. One dog negates his owner's hard work in "The Bath": "splash soap scrub mope.../ mud/ run/ roll/ done!" Only the back half of a dog is visible in the illustration, which also shows the bubble-filled clawfoot tub out of which the dog has leapt. Much of the verse is rather uninspired ("I don't do the backstroke/ Or swim the butterfly./ Doggy paddle is my stroke / I'll bet you can guess why!"). The art, while created by four beaders, is uniform in style: tidy, cheerful, enhanced by simple embroidery. Crafters will be especially interested in the endnotes, which explain that about 120,000 beads were used to make the book and that each illustration took between 40 and 120 hours to create. Ages 5-up.
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