Thursday, April 19, 2012

Do Not Read This Book:

Go, Dog. Go! By P.D. Eastman

I'll admit, I have pretty high standard when it comes to kids' books.  After all, there are so many good ones out there, why suffer through the merely mediocre?  I get most of Elijah's books from Value Village, where they cost 69 cents.  And even at that low, low price, I am quite selective.  After all, we only have so much shelf space.  Occasionally, though, I get fooled into purchasing a book that I think will be a grand addition to our collection, only to be bitterly disappointed.  Enter Go, Dog. Go!.  

Why was I fooled?  Three reasons.  1) Nostalgia.  For some reason, I remember reading this book a child and liking it.  Also, my mom still likes to say, "Do you like my hat?"  Too bad that's the only remotely remarkable part of the book.  2) Marketing.  The book is such a pleasing size and shape, being that it is part of the same early reader series as many Dr. Seuss books.  It even has a little Cat in the Hat icon on the back.  3) The author.  P.D. Eastman also wrote Are You My Mother?, a beloved tale around this house and many others.  I just love that the baby bird calls the crane a snort.  So cute.

And why was I so disappointed?  Well, there is no plot, for one.  Somewhere near the end the plot seems to revolve around finding out where all the dogs are going, but that doesn't happen until the end.  Lack of plot is not a deal breaker, though.  Look at One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.  Not much in the way of plot there, but hey, it rhymes which makes it fun to read, and there are some little vignettes that are quite funny, like Ned and his little bed.  I think of that book as a sort of SNL for toddlers.  Go Dogs. Go! does not rhyme, and is not particularly humorous.  

Why is this book such a classic?  Beats me.  Maybe you should ask Elijah because he is the only one in the family who actually likes it.  Don't be fooled by the picture above, either.  He's making that face because he wants me to read the book, but I want to take a picture of him.  I think he mainly likes it because it features so many dogs.  Hopefully, he won't notice when it mysteriously disappears. 

1 comment:

  1. But I love all of her hats! Plus I am not a big fan of rhyme (Uh-oh, I don't think you knew that. I guess you don't remember that I did NOT read rhyming books.) And yet, you love to write them and read them. Lesson: your children only partly go with what you share with them. Individuality still rules out.