Big Dogs, Little Dogs: A Visual Guide to the World's Dogs
Big Dogs, Little Dogs: A Visual Guide to the World's Dogs

Series: Big and Little   

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Annotation: Provides information on different types of dogs, including working dogs, sporting dogs, and toy dogs.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #152095
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Firefly Books
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 31 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-7708-5828-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-7708-5828-2
Dewey: 636.7
LCCN: 2016440099
Dimensions: 36 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This oversize picture book presents a near-exhaustive array of dogs from around the world. In his distinctive style of cartooning, Medway groups this colossal collection of canines into 10 categories with a short caption under each heading. The sections display stylishly formatted and labeled depictions of well-known breeds as well as a slew of lesser-known pups. Young and old audiences alike will be quick to identify a boxer, a beagle, or a Siberian husky. But how about a Samoyed, a Norbottenspets, or a Chinese crested? Medway includes a full double-page spread dedicated to puppies, with dotted trails connecting the pups to their adult versions. The final pages offer a dog breed index filled with "fascinating facts about every dog breed included in the book." Though the information is slight, and the relative size of each dog could lead to confusion (a bearlike Bouvier des Flandres appears approximately the same size as a Welsh corgi, for instance), the genial illustrations and broad scope of breeds will delight any dog-lover.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3&12; Chinese crested, English cocker spaniel, puli, corgi, and more: breeds both familiar and unfamiliar are positively bursting out of this oversize volume. A table of contents breaks down the dogs by general groups and provides a bit of information. There's a spread for each of the seven major categories (working dogs, hound dogs, sporting dogs, and so on) as well as sections on European, world, and mixed-breed dogs. A final spread is devoted to puppies (the authors explain that "some puppies look very different from the adult dogs they turn into"). Unlike most animal reference guides, this one lacks photographs and contains very little text. Each playful image is accompanied by the breed's name, and a listing at the end features a brief description of each dog, along with a page number indicating where in the book the canine is located. However, what this offering lacks in content it more than makes up for in personality. Medway imbues each of his canines with individuality (an admirable feat, given the sheer number of dogs covered), from the sad-eyed bullmastiff to the scowling bulldog to the cheery American Eskimo dog. These expressive creatures have a gentle, almost old-fashioned look to them, but the artist never veers into anthropomorphism. VERDICT Those seeking facts for school reports should stick to more traditional resources, but dog lovers will spend hours poring over these winsome illustrations.&12; Mahnaz Dar , School Library Journal
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

This wonderfully illustrated book features 300 dog breeds, including every breed recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Fun double-page spreads show dogs in the seven official groupings -- Working, Toy, Hound, Terrier, Herding, Sporting, Non-Sporting -- as well as "designer" dogs like the Labradoodle and Chiweenie. There are also some obscure breeds recognized by other kennel clubs in Europe, like the Canadian Eskimo Dog and Australian Silky Terrier, as well as some dogs not yet officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

There are 300 breeds illustrated.

The specially commissioned color drawings are accurate and engaging. At the end of the book is an entertaining puppy identifier where children can test their ability to recognize the breed of 30 puppies. There is also a Dog Breed Fact Index with interesting trivia about all of the breeds.

More than one-third of American households has a dog. With Big Dogs, Little Dogs, children and adults alike will enjoy learning and identifying the dogs that they encounter. It is fun and informative, and it might instill a lifelong interest in "man's best friend."

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