Friday, June 1, 2012

Perfect Picture Book: Dog Food

Our library's summer reading program begins today. Enzo will be signed up soon. Not today as it's my first day of class. I've filled our library hold list with all types of books from Perfect Picture Book Fridays.
Dog Food
Written and Illustrated by Saxton Freymann (The cover also lists Joost Elffers)
Book design by Elizabeth B. Parisi
Photography by Nimkin/Parrinello
Arthur A. Levine Books
An Imprint of Scholastic Press/New York, 2002

Suitable for: Ages newborn and up

Theme/Topic: Dogs, Food, Art

Opening: Good dog!

Brief Synopsis: Fruits and vegetables become dogs in this book — all shapes and sizes. With each page, these food shaped dogs demonstrate "top dog," "underdog," "dog fight" and so on.

Link to resources: Try to create a dog in the book. One of my favorite animals is a poodle made from broccoli. The dogs made from banana peels are very appealing. I searched for tips on how to sculpt bananas. I don't recommend this. Some links didn't appear normal or suitable. A local blogger Shannon has this BentoLunch.net site. The ideas on this site make me want to pack my lunch every day.

Why I chose this book: My son recently figured out how to get into the stash of books in his closet. This book was among the piles. "This," he said handing it to me. That's Enzo speak for "read it." He giggled at some of the dog food creations. Dog Food is also one of the books I have watched him study the pictures as he turns the pages — all while he is supposed to be napping.

Availability may be a problem for this title. There are several books using food sculpted into neat characters such as Fast Food, Food For Thought, Food Play and How Are you Peeling? Your library may have one of these titles to investigate.

I goofed on the posting time for my Thankful Thursday post. If you have time, I mentioned a group blog Hugs and Chocolate and shared a picture book blogger Mike Allegra.

I'll be in my design and color class most of Friday, but will read through the Perfect Picture Book over the weekend. My teacher says there should be no Facebooking or texting in class. So, I won't be checking blog posts! I can't afford to lose participation points, since the class involves drawing and painting supplies. Did I mention I don't draw? Have a wonderful weekend.

Check out more Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.

25 comments:

  1. Food and dogs how fun! Have a fab time in your class, Stacy!

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  2. My kids loved this book series too, but there is no way I'd try to re-create some of these food critters! Fun to look at food as sculpture!

    Have fun in class. Remember to read "The Dot" and "Ish" by Peter Reynolds for inspiration!

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  3. I am so out of touch with children's books, Stacy, but I just had to pop in here to mention that I love the cover. A banana dog. How cool and eye-catching!

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  4. I have How are you Peeling? and Fast Food in my class stash of books at school - the kids love both of them. I will have to check out Dog Food. I know it will be a hit! thank you
    enjoy class today

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  5. LOVE THIS IDEA! How clever to sculpt dogs from fruit and veggies.

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  6. This is clever, and I somehow have missed the other similar titles you suggest!

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  7. Wow, what an unusual book! I love the idea of it and am eager to check it out. Thanks, Stacy!

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  8. Loved "Fast Food" when it came out, but this is a new one for me. On it!

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  9. We used Fast Food for a garden-club story once! I need to check this one out!

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  10. I love this idea--that banana dog is so cute. And I just clicked on the bento blog--awesome!!
    Have a great weekend Stacy :)

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  11. What an interesting idea for a book. Very unique! Hope your class went well today!

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  12. It's a dog. It's a banana. It's a dog... Wonderful choice.

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  13. What fun! Instead of Ring-ring-bananaphone, it's bark-bark-banana dog!

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  14. It took me forever to figure out that the dog was made of a banana. Hilarious!

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  15. What a great book! I would love to see a broccoli poodle!

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  16. awesome stuff! More power to your blog!

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  17. Love your PPBF choice, Stacy...yet another book that is great for really little kids. :)
    What a fun book...I can see older kids enjoying it as well...and going to town on creating their own fun illustrations.
    Congrats on taking the class...so awesome to step out from one's comfort zone and stretch. :)

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  18. Loved this idea for a book. Wouldn't mind checking this out as I love creative ideas for food. Thanks Stacy. Take care in your class, don't want you losing any brownie points...lol.

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  19. Food, dogs and art—three of my favorites. ;) Sounds like a fun book! One my nieces would like for sure.

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  20. Love these kinds of books. Except they make me hungry!

    ~Debbie

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  21. Summer reading just started here, too. Even though my oldest is reading chapter books, I think he'd still like this one. Dogs + food = perfect combination for him.

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  22. What a clever book! I like the idea of sculpting dogs out of food. Sounds like Enzo is trying to figure it out.

    Apologize for not stopping by. Have been gone for two weeks on vacation and did bare minimum. Have a lot of catching up to do. :)

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  23. This book looks great! Oooh! Lucky you taking a design and color class. Something I would truly like to do. Would love to know how it went. Good luck.

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