My Dog, My Cat
By Ashlee Fletcher
(Tanglewood Press, Hardcover, 9781933718224, 32pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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In this bright new picture book, the author describes all the differences between her dog and cat, who don't always get along. Her dog barks; her cat meows. Her dog likes steak; her cat likes tuna. Her dog's tongue is wet; her cat's tongue is rough. But the story ends on a delightfully sweet note when the author reveals what her dog and cat have in common a love of pizza and a love of their owner. The strong lines and fresh colors make this book an appealing read as young readers learn about normal behaviors for the two most popular pets, and that even the most different of creatures can find things in common.
A simple and appealing story
Fletcher’s endearing, naïve illustrations
have a cheery, innocent effect. Preschoolers will enjoy this as an early, simple story, and its straightforward text adapts well to beginning readers. Teachers in the early-elementary grades will find the simple but clever text a worthwhile introduction to comparisons and a handy starting point for creative-writing activities. Fletcher’s first picture book is thoughtfully designed, with humor and a succinct text that will appeal to a broad age range. She is an illustrator to watch.”—Kirkus Reviews
The trim size, simple text, predictable story pattern, and obvious picture clues make this book a fine choice for beginning readers. A good start for a first-time author/illustrator.”—School Library Journal
A series of contrasting observations unfold (My dog barks. My cat meows”) and grow more complex. Despite the differences between the two animals, pleasing symmetries can be found in the opposing panels. The punch line is cute. [The] artwork and text are straightforward and clear. Very young readers sometimes crave the security of simple stories, and Fletcher has given them one.”—Publishers Weekly