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Review of <i>Dog Biscuit</i> by Helen Cooper

Title

Review of Dog Biscuit by Helen Cooper

ISBN

9780374318123

Publication Date

2009

Publisher

Farrar Straus Giroux

City

New York

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Keywords

Children's literature, reviews

Review

In Dog Biscuit, a little girl named Bridget eats a dog treat and believes she is turning into a dog. During the middle of the night, Bridget goes on a fantastical journey with other dogs, until she returns to her room. Bridget is then comforted by her mother that she is indeed not turning into a dog. The end of the book includes a recipe for “Human- Being Treats”. This book has wonderful imagery – some pages are filled with one giant picture, while other pages have up to 14 miniature pictures. Dog Biscuit invites the reader to pore over the pictures, to soak up the detail amid the whimsical drawings. The characters are few, but loving. Mrs. Blair, whose dog biscuit Bridget eats, reacts with loving teasing; and Bridget’s mother is likewise affectionate. These interactions with adults may provide for teachers to highlight caring relationships between children and adults. The fanciful story and quirky pictures will appeal to younger children with vivid imaginations; indeed, some children may begin to pretend that they are turning into dogs! Just be sure to keep them away from the dog biscuits! Highly recommended. Stacie Schmidt, Centennial Library Intern.

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