Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374318109, 32pp.
Publication Date: August 5, 2008
Ben and Ellie have a new teacher. But wait a minute – the new teacher is a dog named Riff! With Riff in charge, reading, writing, and arithmetic are abandoned in favor of lessons in barking, scratching, and digging holes – and Ben, Ellie, and their friends couldn’t be happier. Then Mrs. Pink, the principal, comes to check on the class. What will she think of their dog day?
High-energy text and bright, graphic illustrations will make readers want to join the fun in this school-day romp. Dog Day is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
SARAH HAYES is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers, including Nine Ducks Nine and This Is the Bear. She lives in Powys, Wales. HANNAH BROADWAY is Sarah Hayes’s daughter-in-law. This is her first children’s book. She lives in Bristol, England.
“The story begs to be read aloud in a group setting, but be prepared for giggles galore, as readers bark, pant and shake with Riff and company. A real crowd-pleaser.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“Broadway, Hayes’s daughter-in-law, uses digital techniques to sneak a variety of realistic textures (woodgrain flooring, gingham fabric) into her sleek cartoons, adding lots of visual interest to a simple conceit.” —Publishers Weekly“Colorful full-page illustrations add to the doggone good fun.” —School Library Journal
“Kids will adore the idea of a school day centered on doggy practices, with all the kids woofing and ball-chasing together.” —Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
“Rich blocks of color and simple illustrations bring this quirky story to life. This, along with the oddball concept and the many funny moments, will hook young readers.” —The Oklahoman