Jan 4, 2012

A Dog Is a Dog

A Dog Is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan
Illustrated by Stephen Shaskan
Published by Chronicle Books

     "A dog is a dog, wether is it's naughty...or nice." Wether it's skinny or fat. A dog is a dog. Unless, he takes off his costume to reveal...he's a cat! And a cat is a cat, wether hairless or furry...unless it is...a squid!
     A Dog Is a Dog is a delightfully funny read aloud.  The text pattern will have young ones trying to guess what animal will show up next and laughing at the crazy situations (my favorite was the squid taking off his cat costume.  The illustrations by Shaskan are bold and hilarious (check out the squid stuck in a bottle and the moose with a head lamp).  Reading this book made me think of two things: the classic ending of old school Scooby Doo episodes and Bark George! by Jules Pfeiffer. Any one else? I also appreciated the circular form of the story, which makes it a great text to share in the classroom. Great read aloud.


  1. I have a Goodreads shelf dedicated to books that make me smile. This is on it, of course!

  2. I just read this in the library last night - loved it! I hadn't thought of the similarities to Bark, George, but that works so well.