The Resource This book just ate my dog!, Richard Byrne

This book just ate my dog!, Richard Byrne

Label
This book just ate my dog!
Title
This book just ate my dog!
Statement of responsibility
Richard Byrne
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right"--
Member of
Tone
Illustration
Award
Golden Archer Awards (Wisconsin): Primary, 2018.
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 Here’s a piece of metafiction ideal for those who have recently mastered physical books. A little girl named Bella is “taking her dog for a stroll across the page” when the gutter of the actual book—that seam where the two pages meet—sucks up half of the dog, and then the whole darn thing. While Bella stands agog with her leash, her pal Ben shows up to help, but he ends up disappearing into the gutter, too. After the dog-rescue van, fire engine, and police car all vanish the same way, Bella stomps into the void herself. Then, a note flies out of the gutter instructing the reader to lift the book and shake it until all of the characters fall out. And, in two funny vertical spreads, they do. What begins as an existential absurdity ends as an excuse to throttle a book, but it’s all good fun. Byrne’s use of two-page spreads as a stretch of sidewalk is clever, and the surprise of his melon-headed characters will be reproduced in his readers. -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 10-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 3, p92)
  • PreS-Gr 2 — This book gives new meaning to pictures being lost in the gutter. Bella takes her dog for a walk across the spread. She makes it to the next page, but her pet doesn't—he begins to disappear into the middle of the book. Bella tells her friend Ben what happened, and he tries to investigate but gets lost himself. A dog rescue car, a fire truck, and a police car all come to help but vanish into the middle as well, so the child finally goes in to check it out herself. A note then appears from Bella, telling readers to turn and shake the book. Everything and everyone come out, and all is set right again—almost. Byrne's comical play on the book's gutter will entertain kids and adults. The subtle background is done in a muted palette so the focus remains on the action and the vivid characters in the foreground. This book will make for a good one-on-one reading, giving children an opportunity to save the day. Pair it with Hervé Tullet's Press Here (Chronicle, 2011) to afford children the chance to participate actively with the story.—Emily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY --Emily E. Lazio (Reviewed August 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 8, p66)
  • Byrne's (The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur) comedy gets its mileage from a single joke, but his pacing is skillful and his humor sweet-tempered. Bella wears a knit cap and a sensible dress as she takes her gigantic spotted dog for a "stroll across the page." As the dog approaches the center of the spread, where the two pages meet, "something very odd happened." Bella looks back to see that the dog's front half has disappeared into the book's gutter, followed quickly by the rest of it; Bella is left yanking a leash that disappears between facing pages. It's an effective visual trick, and it continues to draw grins as people and vehicles follow Bella's dog into two-dimensional oblivion. Bella's friend Ben disappears ("Ben decided to investigate"), followed by the dog rescue van, the police and fire brigade ("Things were getting ridiculous"), and, finally, by Bella herself. A note asks the reader to shake the book sideways, which restores order—almost. It's quick, fizzy entertainment, good as a waiting-room read or an addition to the bedtime pile. Ages 3–6. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed September 29, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 39, p)
  • A carnivorous book invites readers to participate. The book opens with an unseen little girl named Bella calling from within the book to her dog, asleep on the copyright page. Presumably, Bella passed the gutter of the book without event, but this proves confusing given what happens to her dog. As the tragically obedient dog crosses the gutter, it disappears. While Bella is aware that she's in a book, the background illustration could easily be interpreted as the sidewalk of a nondescript street (a less confusing choice may have been a text or white-space background, Ã la David Wiesner's The Three Pigs). Once her dog disappears completely, various other characters come to help but are also consumed by the book. Eventually, so is Bella, but she sends a note to readers from...beyond...requesting that readers turn the book 90 degrees and shake it. Lo and behold, all the characters fall out, and all ends well. This happy ending presents another mystery: If all those characters were "eaten" by the book, how could they simply fall out? The metafictive picture book has ceased to be a novelty and become its own, increasingly substantial genre, which poses an existential crisis of sorts for it. If metafiction becomes ho-hum ordinary, is it still doing its job? Misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2014)
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Awards note
2017 Monarch Award Nominee
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10359640
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Byrne, Richard
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.B9962
LC item number
Thi 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
  • 1.4
  • 1.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Bella and Ben
Series volume
0001
Study program name
  • AR
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Books and reading
  • Dogs
  • Picture books for children
  • Books and reading
  • Humorous stories
  • Books and reading
  • Dogs
  • Picture books for children
Target audience
preschool
Label
This book just ate my dog!, Richard Byrne
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First published in hardcover in 2014 by Oxford University Press"--Copyright page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn881386424
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781627790710
Lccn
2014009177
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)881386424
Label
This book just ate my dog!, Richard Byrne
Publication
Note
"First published in hardcover in 2014 by Oxford University Press"--Copyright page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn881386424
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781627790710
Lccn
2014009177
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)881386424

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