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Title: Wet Dog!
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!