Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Matthew Van Fleet
Photographer: Brian Stanton
Novelty Book
For ages 3 to 5
Simon and Schuster, 2007   ISBN: 978-1416941378

The world is full of dogs of all kinds. There are big ones like the Great Mastiff and then there are little ones like the pug. They come in all kinds of colors and shapes and they can have curly fur, straight fur, fluffy fur and “scruffy” fur.

Not only do they look different but their behavior is also as varied as you can imagine. There are dogs who are “sloppy” eaters and those who are neat and tidy. There are those that are well behaved and those that are naughty. There are those that are happy and bouncy and those that are shy and quiet.

This often funny board and novelty book will give small children plenty to look at and to do. There are several tabs to pull and numerous surfaces to touch and stroke. Not only will children get to see how many different kinds of dogs there are but they will also be shown plenty of opposites and will be introduced to many basic everyday words. At the back of the book young readers will be introduced to all the dog models whose photographs were used in the book and children will love being able to put a name to all the furry faces.