Doggy Whys?

K-Gr 3—A lighthearted primer about all things canine. Using a bulldog as her narrator, Prap answers various questions about "our best friends." Each answer is accompanied by a set of smart-aleck suggestions (provided by cats, of course), the actual answer, and a brief description of a particular breed. Some attempt is made to match the breed with the question; for instance, "Why are some dogs more obedient than others?" is accompanied by a description of the collie, which is actually one of the easiest to train. Each description offers each breed's pros and cons, and, in almost every case, any fault associated is reduced to mismanagement or inappropriate habitat. West Highland white terriers are friendly and lively, but they can be noisy and naughty if they do not get enough attention. The moral being—don't get one if you can't devote a lot of attention to it. A plug for shelters is commendable, and the book ends with a brief mention of mixed breeds. Despite the muted palette, Prap's pups have plenty of personality, and the imaginary new breeds that decorate the endpapers are full of whimsy (check out the Bulloodle). Dog lovers will enjoy this casual read, but those seeking documented facts need to look elsewhere.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Some of the FAQ-iest of canine questions ("Why do dogs bark? what we tell them?") are asked and answered in a lively format. Different breeds, illustrated rather schematically, are highlighted on every spread. Sidebars of cats' silly answers--ostensibly wrong but sometimes correct, e.g., dogs do lift their legs "to show off"--confuse matters. Wonderful endpapers highlight breeds both popular and unusual.

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