Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a sweet book with a good amount of humor.
32 pages – ages 5+
Published by HarperCollins on September 29th, 2015
Theme- More than meets the eye/loving for who you are.
Opening and Synopsis- Opening Lines: “This is Dave. Like most dogs, Dave loved to sleep.”
Synopsis from GoodReads: “Dave is a dog. Dave is a dog who loves to sleep all day long. Lilly thinks Dave is the laziest dog in the world! But maybe Dave isn’t as lazy as Lilly thinks. . . .”
What I Thought- I liked the humor of this book. Lazy Dave appears to be a very lethargic dog (like my Basset Hound, Clyde) that seems to sleep all day. I thought that was funny all of the things that Dave did while he was sleepwalking. Mr. Jarvis’ illustrations go perfectly with the story, and everything fits together perfectly. Dave looks a lot like my dog, just different colors. In fact, I bet something in Dave would remind almost every kid of their dog. I really enjoyed this book, and it’s incredibly sophisticated humor.
Activities and Resources- If you have a pet, imagine what they would do if they could get out into the world while you’re at school. Write a story or draw a picture of what they do when you aren’t around.
Say that you’re one of the reporters in Dave’s town. You need to write an article about the mystery heroic dog (Dave does some heroic things whilst sleepwalking)! What would you put into it? What would the headline be?
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