If Dogs Run Free (Hardcover)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781451648799, 40pp.
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Why not we? In this quirky, spirited interpretation of Bob Dylan's 1970 song, "If Dogs Run Free," illustrator Scott Campbell brings Dylan's lyrics to life as a celebration of the freedom and creativity of childhood. Children of all ages will delight in the message, "Just do your thing
Praise For If Dogs Run Free…
"“If Dogs Run Free,” from the 1970 album New Morning, is Dylan’s version of a novelty song: a goof on a ’50s-style mashup of piano jazz and spoken word.... It inspires the talented Campbell (East Dragon, West Dragon) to create a benevolent, retro-ish watercolor universe of cross-species friendships and endlessly fun things to do, with a wide-eyed and inexhaustible girl, her younger brother, and their pet dog as ringleaders."
"The lyrics to a 1970 Dylan song serve as the text for this quirky ode to children and dogs running free, doing their own thing. Through his appealing watercolor illustrations, Campbell has done a fine job creating a coherent, imaginative story from Dylan’s poetic lyrics...a satisfying tale, with undeniably cute canines and children running free and enjoying life, on their own like rolling stones."