I'm My Own Dog

I'm My Own Dog

Book - 2014
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A dog without a human companion fetches his own slippers and curls up at his own feet but cannot reach a certain itchy spot in the middle of his back, compelling him to leash a poor lonely human who will loyally offer a helpful scratch.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763661397
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: I am my own dog


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AL_STEFFEN Feb 01, 2017

I love this author-illustrator. This is a fun book for families with a dog.
Who trains who?

AL_JANETW Dec 09, 2016

This funny dog does his own thing. He doesn't need humans. He throws his own ball and takes himself for a walk. But he finally relents and adopts a human. They turn out to be good for some things.

Jan 29, 2015

This dog is nobody's pet, thankyouverymuch. He even fetches his own slippers! But he's not a mean guy, so when a poor sad human follows him home, he has to reorganize his life a little. Love the attitude on this canine, love the deadpan humor of his narration.

Lisa_P Jan 22, 2015

This book is both hysterical and heart warming. If your kids share their lives with a strong willed dog they must share this book with him/her.

ChristchurchKids Sep 23, 2014

Oozing with self-assurance, a happily grinning bulldog declares his own independence: "Nobody owns me. I own myself." He chews his own slippers, rolls over at his own command, and fetches his own sticks. But after he lets a human scratch a hard-to-reach spot on his back, the dog allows the human to follow him home. ("I felt sorry for him.") Scribbly yet expressive illustrations depict the dog's patience with the human (who doesn't even know how to find squirrels!) and the comfortable friendship that develops between them. For an even sillier take on human-animal role reversal, check out Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown.

Picture books newsletter September 2014


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