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*A Dog is a Dog* by Stephen Shaskan
A Dog is a Dog
by Stephen Shaskan
Ages 2-4 40 pages Chronicle October 2011 Hardcover    

Dog is fooling us. He looks like a dog and acts like a dog, but underneath all that fur, hes hiding a multilayered costume.

He can change from a dog that is naughty or nice into a cat that hisses or purrs. When hes a squid, he gets stuck in a jar; once hes loose and turns into a moose, he can run in the spring or rest in the fall.

Digital illustrations add humor to this rhyming story and clarify the meaning of words that appear as opposites (top/below; fast/slow). Memorable illustrations include the moose holding a flashlight between his antlers and a fencepost painted to look like a thin version of the dog. Speckled with white dots, the illustrations looked slightly aged.

Pair A Dog is a Dog with the wordless picture book Elephant Buttons by Noriko Ueno for a toddler or preschool storytime about surprises.
 


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