Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family
Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family
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Annotation: Here is the oh-so-hilarious and adorable story of a blended family-- using just a few words in various configurations-- ... more
Catalog Number: #206964
Format: Library Binding
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-9848490-0-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-9848490-0-7
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
A couple moves in together. But can their pets handle the big change?A scruffy white dog lives alone with her human father. She loves her toys, her royal dog bed, and lying at her dad's feet at night. Elsewhere, a large houndlike dog and an orange tabby live together with their mother. The dog loves playing. The cat doesn't seem to love anything—except, perhaps, sleeping in the dog's bed. A moving van unites the two families under one roof, forcing the new pet stepsiblings to get to know one another. Faces are swatted. Clothing is eaten. Things just aren't as comfy as they used to be. Gradually, the pets start to warm up to one another—that is, until the family adds yet another member to the mix. Buchet's debut picture book primarily uses the two titular nouns—cat and dog—in various patterns ("Dog Cat" or "Dog Cat Dog"). The minimalist text relies on Zuill's expressive, funny cartoon illustrations to fill in necessary context. The words and pictures harmonize as pace, rhythm, and layout work together to clearly depict poignant moments of isolation, tension, and togetherness. New words added into the rhythm, such as "Frog" when the animals stare down an amphibian, create laugh-out-loud silliness. The humans, one white-presenting and the other brown-skinned, diversify this beautiful, blended family.A clever, winning read-aloud for modern families. (Picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 When two adults move in with one another, many elements of their lives merge: eating habits, sleeping routines, furniture styles, levels of cleanliness, and children if they have them. The adults in this story do not have children, but they do have pets. When the couple moves in together, their two dogs and one cat humorously learn to get along with one another through a series of mishaps, like chewed moving boxes or a tumble out of a first-floor window. The text consists of virtually only two words: "dog" and "cat." For instance, before the man and his dog move in with the woman, each panel has only the word "dog," reinforcing the fact that the dog is the only animal in the household. However, once the couple moves in with one another, the text is presented in various combinations, like "dog cat dog" or the title phrase "cat dog dog" with the occasional "bird" or "frog" interjected for some variety. With text this simple, it's up to the pictures to tell the story. Bold lines and bright colors create the feeling of a Sunday morning comic strip, and the animals have expressive faces. The same level of detail isn't given to the humans in the story, so they aren't missed when they disappear for the majority of the book. VERDICT This unusual offering takes the adult concept of cohabitation and gives it a picture book spin by filtering it through the eyes of its animal protagonists. The animals in the story may serve as a useful analog for children who are members of blended families themselves. Chance Lee Joyner, Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library, NH
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A couple moves in together. But can their pets handle the big change?A scruffy white dog lives alone with her human father. She loves her toys, her royal dog bed, and lying at her dad's feet at night. Elsewhere, a large houndlike dog and an orange tabby live together with their mother. The dog loves playing. The cat doesn't seem to love anything—except, perhaps, sleeping in the dog's bed. A moving van unites the two families under one roof, forcing the new pet stepsiblings to get to know one another. Faces are swatted. Clothing is eaten. Things just aren't as comfy as they used to be. Gradually, the pets start to warm up to one another—that is, until the family adds yet another member to the mix. Buchet's debut picture book primarily uses the two titular nouns—cat and dog—in various patterns ("Dog Cat" or "Dog Cat Dog"). The minimalist text relies on Zuill's expressive, funny cartoon illustrations to fill in necessary context. The words and pictures harmonize as pace, rhythm, and layout work together to clearly depict poignant moments of isolation, tension, and togetherness. New words added into the rhythm, such as "Frog" when the animals stare down an amphibian, create laugh-out-loud silliness. The humans, one white-presenting and the other brown-skinned, diversify this beautiful, blended family.A clever, winning read-aloud for modern families. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: NP

Here is the oh-so-hilarious and adorable story of a blended family-- using just a few words in various configurations-- from the pets' point-of-view!

Cat and Dog live with their human in a suburban house with a big backyard. Sure, they fight like.... well, cats and dogs, but they're used to one another. Dog-- a different dog-- lives a happy only child life in the city with his dad. He has the bed to himself, he never has to share his toys, and that's the way he likes it. So what happens when the Dog's dad and Cat and Dog's mom move in together? Well, it's chaotic. There's not enough room on the bed, for starters. But as the seasons pass, the three animals become a trio and learn to (mostly) love one another. Just as they're settling into a cozy life as a threesome, along comes..... a baby! This laugh-out-loud picture book, which cleverly uses two repeating words, is sure to strike a chord with kids dealing with the ups-and-downs of settling into a blended family of their own.


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