November 2010 Indie Next List
“Embark on a dizzying adventure with some doggie friends! With the creative and hilarious poetry of Betsy Franco and the colorful illustrations of Michael Wertz, this picture book is sure to be a hit with kids and canines alike! Franco's poems and Wertz's designs are blended so perfectly, it is often difficult to define where one ends and the other begins. Dog lovers will be delighted by this wonderful read aloud!”
— Megan Graves, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
From the award-winning team behind A Curious Collection of Cats comes a new collection of visual poems celebrating all things canine—from obedience school, to backyard break outs, to flatulent Fidos. Whether your best friend is a plucky Jack Russell, an indecisive basset hound, or a poodle with an indiscriminate appetite, you're sure to find this dazzling display doggone delightful.
About the Author
BETSY FRANCO has written more than 80 books for children and young adults, including picture books, poetry collections, novels, and nonfiction. Her books have garnered many awards, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor, Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best, Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List, Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nomination.
MICHAEL WERTZ is a talented Bay Area artist whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. His work has been recognized by Communication Arts, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators. His "Dog Blog," featuring illustrations of 100 dogs in 100 days, was featured in Bark magazine.
Starred review, School Library Journal, January 1, 2011:
"This follow up to A Curious Collection of Cats (Tricycle, 2009) is dazzling indeed ... a delight for kids, their adults, and maybe even their beloved canine companions."
Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2010:
"34 vividly illustrated concrete poems. Franco delves into her arsenal with cinquain, haiku, rhymed and free verse, as Wertz employs boldly colored multimedia collage"
Review, Booklist, December 15, 2010:
"... volume of concrete poems filled with playful action. Both silly and on-target, the slapstick rhymes are good choices for family sharing."
Review, Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2011:
"The combination of the funny poems and the goofy dogs will make this a great gift book and a sneaky way to inject a little poetry into someone's life."
Review, Publishers Weekly, November 29, 2010:
"Franco and Wertz persuasively convey canine behavior ... as well as the trials and treasured moments familiar to many owners. Dog lovers won't want to miss this clever, jubilant gem."