Perfect Picture Book Friday: Elise Broach’s Wet Dog!

Perfect Picture Book Friday is here with Wet Dog! by Elise Broach, illustrated by the much-loved David Catrow.

Check out Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog feature Perfect Picture Book Fridays. She has compiled a complete list of recommended picture books with links to resources for home and the classroom. It’s awesome!


Title: Wet Dog!

Author/Illustrator: Elise Broach and David Catrow

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin), 2005, reprinted in 2007


Ages:  5 and up

Themes: humor, animals, weather, summer, manners, perseverance (and personally I would like to add facial expressions!)


Opening: “He was a good old dog and a hot old dog, as he lay in the noonday sun. And he dozed and he drowsed in the beating-down sun, with his long pink tongue hanging out.

“Well, that too-hot dog in the too-hot sun just had to cool off somehow. So he heaved to his feet, and he sniffed the air, and he trotted off down the road . . .”

Synopsis:  On a hot, hot day, a good old dog just has to get some relief! Around the steamy country lanes, he sniffs and searches until he finds a chauffeur washing a shiny car, a baker scrubbing some sticky pans, and a florist spraying a pink bouquet. they’re all getting ready for a country wedding, and this overheated pup just wants to plunge into the fun! and water! but will the wedding party in their fancy finery welcome this gotta-be-cool pooch?

Resources and ideas: draw-your-own facial expression chart for emotions; discuss hot-weather issues like heat exhaustion, sunburn, plants withering, and drought; discuss ways to warm up in a cold winter; discuss how other mammals regulate their body temperature

What I thought: HILARIOUS! The story is cute, but the illustrations really make the book what it is.

Wet Dog! was also reviewed in 2010 on Kate’s Bookery Blog.

Enjoy and let me know what you think! 

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10 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Elise Broach’s Wet Dog!

  1. That is one wet dog — love the cover! Sounds very entertaining! Great activities!

    • Thanks! I thought this book was so fun and then couldn’t find any activities online, so I made up my own. What would I do with my kids?

  2. Joanna

    WILD illustrations – great choice!

  3. The facial expressions win, hands down. Love, love, love them! Great pick.

  4. Wow! Those illustrations are delightful and hilarious! I’m gonna be on the lookout for this one.

  5. Stacy S. Jensen

    I agree on the facial expressions from the sample you shared! This might be a fun one to read before our summer adventures of attending weddings!

    • Wow… I love summer trips. We are looking at a long road trip this year. We always discover something great. Last year I had a 14-year-old who couldn’t tear himself away from the weaving demo!

  6. I love Mr Catrow’s artwork! We have a couple of his books and they are favorites with the kids at school. This one sounds like my kind of story! I’ll be looking for it! Thanks!!

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