Johnston, Tony It's About Dogs

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It's About Dogs

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Digging is a thing I love to do.
Dirt is riddled with old bones to chew.

What is it about dogs that fascinates us? Is it their humor, stubbornness, charm, greed? Is it their loyalty, nobility, naughtiness, haughtiness? Is it simply their abiding love? It's all this and more. Through poems and paintings, Shadow, Rufus, Mutterly, and more than forty others become utterly irresistible--revealing the very essence of dog. ·Features 43 poems celebrating a child's best friend · Includes illustrations of more than 40 breeds of dogs

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Tony Johnston has long been a dog lover as well as a writer. The Simon Wiesenthal Center at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles recently honored her for her writing. She lives in San Marino, California.

Ted Rand is a self-taught artist and the acclaimed illustrator of numerous picture books. Dogs appear in many of his books, including Can I Be Good? by Livingston Taylor and his wife Gloria Rand's Salty Dog series. He lives on Mercer Island, Washington.

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There is a wealth of dogs chronicled in verse in these pages: dogs by breed and dogs of the famous, dogs that are in our memories and in our nightmares, and dogs that might easily be lounging on our sofa. Rand (Let's Play Rough!, p. 60) depicts each in its contextthat first dog caging up to the warm fire, Henry VIII's dog nipping around the supper tableand Johnston reaches for a telling moment in her poetry: a beagle is dragged all over the neighborhood by her nose and a hound chases a raccoon under a full moon. Then there is the junkyard dog: ``He is the king / of lunge / and fang./ When he dozes on his mangy / heap, / the gravel of a growl / sticks in his throat. / Beware his fearful shape, / watchful even is sleep.'' The writing is not an easy amble of rhyme through Rover's universe, but a modest challenge to move through the world of poetry, of versification and syntax and compression. Rand has painted some of his very best dogs ever, capturing the sweet, the sad, the ugly, and the mad. There is such a range of material here, some 43 poems, that readers will very likely find a poem they will read again and again, at least one that will strike a canine chord within. A dog book even cat people will love. (Poetry. 6-9) -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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