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I Love Dogs
Written by Sue Stainton
Illustrated by Bob Staake
ISBN: 978-0061170577
ISBN 10: 0061170577
* Published in hardcover and paperback editions.
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Behind The Pages With Bob:

"This was such a fun book to illustrate. I knew from the beginning that I wanted the scenes set in an urban park -- and that the park should look like the ones I saw in the picture books I read as a child in the 1960s. The park in 'I Love Dogs'is very loosely based on the 1944 book 'The Park' by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by H.A.Rey -- in that it features numerous paths leadings to a central fountain, the greenspace flanked by 19th-century apartment buildings (Rey may have based his idealized park on Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.) As an artist, dogs are alwats such a great subject for me. They're big they're small, elegant and goofy, furry and sleek, yappy and laid back -- and they posess every trait in between. I love DRAWING dogs."

-- Bob Staake


In the book, Bob show's a billboard advertising a new opera composed by, you guessed it, "Poochini."

On the 'speedy dogs, greedy dogs' page, the white dog on the lower left is Ziggy -- my Brooklyn-based son Ryan's Jack Russel/Chihuahua mix.

The "naughty dog" is a nod to the Coppertone ads that showed a scruffy puppy pulling down the bikini bottom of a tan-lined girl.

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Dogs, dogs, dogs. I love dogs! Bestselling author Sue Stainton and bestselling illustrator Bob Staake come together to tell of a rambunctious boy's journey through the park on his way to adopt the pet of his dreams-a dog, of course!

The short, upbeat, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations make I Love Dogs! perfect for reading aloud to the youngest of dog enthusiasts, but this gem makes a great gift for anyone-of any age or breed-who has ever wanted to shout to the world, "I Love Dogs!"

With lazy dogs and crazy dogs, yappy dogs and happy dogs, dogs in the park and dogs that bark, dog lovers will surely want to come back for more, and there's plenty to discover in the detailed illustrations on a second, third, or even fiftieth read.

Dog lovers who enjoyed reading Dr. Seuss's Go, Dog, Go!, Bob Staake's My Pet Book, or Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest's I Didn't Do It will certainly want to add this doggone fabulous read to their library shelves!

Sample image from book (above)

ALA Booklist:

"Simple verse and comic cartoons combine to celebrate a bounding, boundless variety of dogdom. Individual viewers will pore over this-and storytime audiences will roar! Dog-lovers rejoice!"

Kirkus Reviews:

"Pleasing pups and a vibrant illustration style make this a cheery story for preschoolers or for children just beginning to read on their own."

School Library Journal:

"Staake's dynamic digital illustrations add energy and humor to the rhyming text. Each spread depicts a number of pups enjoying a romp in the park. All of the canines are bursting with unique personality and their owners are just as diverse as their pets. "

More of a CAT lover? You're in luck!


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