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Cool Cat, Hot Dog

by Sandy Turner

Published by Atheneum, 2005
40 pages
ISBN: 0-689-84946-X

Ages 5-10

Clever wordplay and sophisticated collage art turn Cool Cat, Hot Dog into much more than a laundry list of pet characteristics. Beginning with 的知 Cat. I知 feline. / I知 Dog. I知 canine. / You池e as ugly as a Pekingese. / You sure ain稚 no Siamese, the stage is set to showcase two distinctive individuals. Pictured on opposing pages, the two compare and contrast their personalities and habits, sometimes commiserating over shared concerns (的致e got fleas. / Mine are itchier.). The deceptively simple looking animals appear to be constructed from paper and cardboard, with paper fasteners at the joints. Added layers of humor and meaning are rife throughout the illustrations, as when the dog is shown riding a scooter above the statement 的 roll around in the park. Although the text on each page is brief and will be enjoyed by young children, this smart picture book begs to be shared with older kids as well. Highly Commended, 2006 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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