Dog in Charge

Dear Dog and Cat Lovers,

Dan Santat‘s cover illustration caught my eye quickly. How can a dog be in charge? The book, Dog in Charge, is full of mischievous fun. Do you have a dog? How about a cat? Does your dog obey? Cats certainly don’t; they just have a mind of their own (at least mine does).

In this book by K.L. Going, Dog is put in charge of FIVE cats while the family goes to the store. Yep! You guessed it. Mayhem, disaster, chaos hits the house.

The good dog, smart, dog, the very best dog does his best to keep order as each cat disappears for fun. One topples mile; another powders the dresser; flowerpots break. Can you imagine it? Everywhere good dog looks, he is met with a “I’m-in-charge-of-myself” cat-titude.

Trust me, you will have fun reading this book. And, while your reading, think of adventures your dog or cat have while you are away. It definitely made me wonder what my cat, Kippy, does all day long. It will definitely give you something to write about! I wonder if this happened to the author. Hmmm….

Cuddling with my cat,

Mary Helen

Savorings in reading and in writing for Dog in Charge:

  • Personification – you will feel empathy for the dog
  • Comic frame layout
  • Repeating structure and lines
  • Onomatopoeia – “Kerplooie! went the clothes.”
  • Every day happening – pets and their adventures

3 Responses to Dog in Charge

  1. Tam says:

    Sounds like a great book for my grandkids for Easter! They have cats and a dog in separate houses, but just think if they got together!!! Keep those kid books coming, Mary Helen.

  2. I just put this on my list. I have a dog and cats…I wonder what happens when I leave for the day. 🙂

  3. Deb Gaby says:

    Putting this one on my list. Sounds like great fun. We continue to have which pet is better in our family…dog or cat.

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