A Day with Dogs
Dogs in cars, dogs on skis, dogs in the kitchen, dogs at the doctor. What do dogs do all day?
This rich and playful homage to Richard Scarry features a cast of funny dog characters living their everyday lives. Children can learn all about seasons, colors, food, town and country, night and day, school and work, and much more—including dog breeds, of course.
Each dog has a distinctive character, revealed as they engage in funny conversations and playful vignettes alongside the descriptive labels and illustrations.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 1|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Number of Pages||64|
A ride through Richard Scarry territory with a canine cast.
Echoing Scarry’s larger-format panoramas, de Monfried scatters nine doggy housemates over an encyclopedic series of scenes that are drawn in very simple cartoon style, decked out with identifying labels, and usually viewed from an elevated perspective. Between a morning “At Home” and a final “Night,” the dogs dress, go to town, to school, and the doctor’s; spend some time in the country on a farm; play games and sports in four seasons (on one double-page spread); stock up at the supermarket; and finally come back home for dinner and bedtime. Interspersed among these stops are encounters with the alphabet and numbers one to 11, plus galleries of land and sea creatures, fruits and vegetables, vehicles, and select occupations from “Vet” to “Cowgirl.” The dogs, all of assorted but mostly identifiable breeds, are indeterminate of age and, usually, sex. Aside from rare glimpses of a computer and a flat-screen TV, the world on display could be from Scarry’s era—except that (with a few slips: “Fisherman,” “Snowman”) the sexist language and stereotyping are absent.
These pooches get a lot done in a day, and toddler who follow along will effortlessly pick up some vocabulary to boot.
School Library Journal
“A fun and vocabulary-rich picture book similar in style to Richard Scarry’s work. . . . [S]hould appeal to a wide range of readers—especially those who love dogs.”—starred, School Library Journal
“[A] personable introduction to useful concepts, and attentive readers will enjoy getting to know the specific dogs in the bustling scenes.”—Publishers Weekly
Illustrator: Dorothée de Monfreid
Dorothée de Monfreid has published dozens of children's books and comics. Her children's musical has been performed throughout France and she is an accomplished ukulele player. Dorothée lives and works in Paris.