Publication Date: August 12, 2004
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When Harvey heard about the dog show,
he was very excited. Fred was not.
Harvey planned for months.
Fred hoped it would never come.
This man's best friend knows what's best
for his owner
Harvey entered Fred in every class-short dogs, dogs with spots, droopy-eared dogs, and more. By the end of the show, Harvey was miserable, they didn't even come close to winning in any of the categories, and Fred was so tired his tongue was hanging out. Still, Fred loved Harvey and wanted him to be happy, so he dragged him before the judges for the last event. Fred knew they would win this one . . .
The illustrations have an attitude all their own-both playfully aloof and alive with color-which perfectly complements the droll text to create a book that will have young readers laughing out loud with delight.
Elizabeth Winthrop is the author of more than fifty books for readers of all ages. These include her award-winning picture book, Dumpy La Rue, illustrated by Betsy Lewin and Halloween Hats with pictures by Sue Truesdell. Her most recent middle-grade novel is The Red-Hot Rattoons, a comic animal fantasy set in New York City.
Mark Ulriksen's art regularly graces the cover of magazines like The New Yorker, Time, and Bark. Dog Show is his first children's book. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, their two daughters, and a chocolate Lab nicknamed Bonehead.
Visit Elizabeth Winthrop and Mark Ulriksen at their web sites:
www.elizabethwinthrop.com and www.markulriksen.com
"Winthrop weaves a gentle tale about appreciating one's uniqueness and spices it with an air of dry wit. Ulriksen, in his picture book debut, matches the mood with droll, kickily colored acrylic paintings of man and his best friend. The human portraits pale next to the canine cast, but Fred's wry expressions, relayed via sleepy eyes, low-hanging ears and expressive mouth could well take Best in Show."--Publishers Weekly