Dog Biscuit Hardcover – Mar 17 2009
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“This is a beautiful and imaginative book for anyone who loves a good story.” ―Starred, School Library Journal
“A story that understands how a young one's imagination works.” ―Booklist
About the Author
Helen Cooper was born in London in 1963. When she was two, she moved to a country town in Cumbria, in the north of England, where people collected their milk in cans from the farm, and fairies seemed to lurk in the wildflowers outside. It rained a lot and there weren't enough kids to play with, but there were compensations: beautiful countryside, horses, and lots of time to write stories, draw pictures, play the piano, and read. When she grew up, Helen trained as a music teacher because that seemed sensible. Then she played in a band, and got a day job painting posh china animals to make ends meet. In the evenings, she taught herself to illustrate.
Her first book was published in 1987, and since then she has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Bear Under the Stairs, A Pipkin of Pepper, Delicious! and Pumpkin Soup, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and short-listed for the Kurt Maschler Award. Helen lives with her husband, Ted Dewan, who also writes and illustrates books. They live in Oxford, England, with their daughter, Pandora.
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When her mom came to pick her up, she was starting to feel like a dog. Her ears itched, she could wag her tail, and when they went to the butcher shop she even let loose with a few "woofs." "Good little pup you've got there," the butcher said in reply. Regrets. Shouldn't have eaten that biscuit. At suppertime Bridget wolfed down her meal and during bath time she was wild. At bedtime she was practically as wild as a puppy. After she curled up on the bottom of her bed like a good pup she fell asleep, only to wake in the night for a wild adventure with Mrs. Blair's dog and a pack of wild dogs. Woooooo, she shouldn't have eaten that Dog Biscuit! What would she do if she could never go home again?
This book was absolutely the most charming and hysterical book rolled into one I've read in some time. Naturally, every youngster I know has been interested in testing a dog biscuit just to see if what they taste like and over the years I've had pause to wonder why I've been running a bit low at times. I loved the way the author subtly caught the worries and fears Bridget had about turning into a dog. The excitement in the book simply grew and grew until the book exploded with color and the dog howled so loudly "that the moon exploded and the sky fell in." I don't know if you want to test any Dog Biscuits, but you might want to try out this book!
The ending (involving both her mum and the older woman friend reassuring Bridget.....and the making of "human being" biscuits, i.e. gingerbread people) is reassuring to the child hearing or reading the story. I thought the whole book was lovely; it was right on target in addressing the anxieties a child may have over something an adult would see as very minor.
My 5 and 6 year old daughters were very absorbed by the story, and I think the book would be enjoyed by younger children as well.
It all ends just fine, but Bridget is truly frightened by Mrs. Blair’s tease. Bridget’s mom is 100% comforting and supportive when Bridget confesses, and Mrs. Blair apologizes, so I did appreciate the adults’ reaction to a child’s “irrational” fears. However, my son at three years old was really creeped out by this book. We read it again just recently, when he was six, and he found it fascinating. I really enjoyed it!