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Written by a ten-time Emmy Award winner and former head writer for Sesame Street, here's a story that will resonate with every dog-loving child out there. Harry wants wants wants a dog, and, instead of getting one, his parents try to placate him with a pet that's decidedly less interesting—a lizard. So Harry takes matters into his own hands and places his X-35 Infra-RocketWritten by a ten-time Emmy Award winner and former head writer for Sesame Street, here's a story that will resonate with every dog-loving child out there. Harry wants wants wants a dog, and, instead of getting one, his parents try to placate him with a pet that's decidedly less interesting—a lizard. So Harry takes matters into his own hands and places his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet on his head, and soon something—with paws! a tail! a wet nose!—pops into the world. Sure, nobody else can see the dog named Waffle, but that doesn't matter to Harry. But what happens when a real dog comes into his life? Catrow's signature loose drawings and Berger's humorous text bring the bond between a boy and his dog exuberantly to life.From the Hardcover edition....

Title : Dream Dog
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ISBN : 9780375966552
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Dream Dog Reviews

  • Margie
    2019-01-25 00:40

    As soon as I saw the cover of Dream Dog written by Lou Berger with illustrations by David Catrow, I knew it was going to become a favorite. It's about wishing your dreams into existence. It's about the bonds between a father and his son. It's about love. I love this book, I really do. Share it now with as many people as you can.My full review:

  • Elaina
    2019-02-02 23:26

    This was good but our dog didn't seem too interested (:

  • Tasha
    2019-02-03 23:38

    Harry wants a dog, but his father works at a pepper factory and sneezes all the time, so he won’t let Harry have a dog. Instead they get Harry a chameleon who turns colors, but Harry doesn’t love the chameleon. Luckily a friend of his does, so he gives her the chameleon. Harry decides that he will try to imagine up a dog with his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet. Suddenly there is a dog in his room. Harry names the dog Waffle and the two of them do everything together. No one else can see Waffle, but that doesn’t bother Harry in the least. After all, no one could really see the chameleon either. Then Harry’s father is let go from the pepper factory and goes into ping-pong balls instead. He brings home a real dog for Harry, but what about Waffle?Berger was the head writer of Sesame Street for over a decade and my does his expertise shine here. His tone is playful and filled with joy. He creates humor out of what could have been a sad story. The ending is heartfelt and beautiful, dancing the perfect balance of loss and cheer. This book reads aloud wonderfully, actually begging to be shared.Catrow’s illustrations are much calmer than many of his previous books. They still have a great energy to them but they also have a distinct sweetness that mellows them as well as a focus of a tale that is all about love of a dog. Even in the crowded shelves of dog books, this is something special. It is a picture book that speaks to the power of imagination and dreams. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-19 00:32

    This story is wonderfully imaginative and makes me think of other titles that demonstrate such imagination. What do you do when you want something so much but adults tell you "No"? Well, Harry just puts on his X35 helmet and gets himself a dog.It was a wonderful romp with great illustrations and a poignant ending. I can't wait to develop a storytime around this title for my students.

  • Mary Ann
    2019-01-23 01:20

    David Catrow's illustrations are as wackily charming as ever. This reminds me of one of our favorites, I Wanna Iguana. But here, the overall effect is much sweeter as it celebrates a kid's imagination. I especially like the ending.

  • Fjóla
    2019-02-08 22:23

    I'm very partial to illustrator David Catrow, but this is one of his cuter ones. I would have framed and hung some of the picture spreads. And a sweet story.

  • Jen
    2019-02-16 20:21

    So cute. Imagination comes to life... then it's no longer needed, so gently drifts away.

  • Ramon Requena
    2019-01-20 20:20

    This story of an imaginary pet dog is an imaginative idea of how an imaginary friend can fill the void a child has. Here, a boy imagines a pet dog that he plays with and loves. Later on a real dog is introduced and thus the boy matures and accepts his real pet, saying goodbye to his old friend. This book is as creative as a boy can be in this situation.The media used in this book is soft colored pencils that cramp the art in each page but does not make the pages uncomfortable. The amount of detail in each page is great as the eye is constantly caught by all the activity in the art.This story of the boy and his dog is a creative idea of how a child can imaginatively mature while still being creatively young. In a class, this book serves as a story break within a lesson of this subject.

  • Katy
    2019-01-25 00:26

    This book is so sweet and resonates with anyone who ever wanted a dog and was told they couldn't get one. I love the art and the story is so sweet. A bit long for storytime, but could be workable if I ever have an older group.

  • Cara Young
    2019-02-06 01:42

    Love and imagination are boundlessJoin Harry and Waffle in their wonderful adventure!bonus: Galileo who has quite a sense of fashion

  • Paula
    2019-02-18 01:36

    Dream Dog is a sweet tribute to the power of imagination and the special bond between a boy and his pet. Catrow's trademark, offbeat illustrations and Berger's humorous text combine to tell the dynamic story of young Harry's quest for a pet. From the wacky, color-changing lizard to the cloud-like fluffiness of Waffle the dog, Harry's world is brought to exuberant, fanciful life. Lou Berger, a head writer for Sesame Street for 11 years, expertly handles the fine line between reality and imagination, as Harry struggles between his beloved imaginary dog and his new real-life one. The book ends with Waffle, having served his purpose, racing after a cloud and floating away, while Harry and his new best friend snuggle up to read a book. A buoyant, yet thoughtful examination of a common childhood experience - imaginary friends.

  • Diane
    2019-02-09 20:39

    Harry wants a dog, but his father's job at the pepper factory makes having a pet dog impossible. So Harry takes his "X-35 InfraRocket Imagination Helmet" and creates a dog. Of course, no one else can see the dog, but Harry and Waffle are inseparable. Until Dad loses his job, gets a new one and is able to buy his son a dog. What will Harry do? This new dog, Bumper, doesn't seem to see Waffle. Until he gives Bumper the imagination helmet. Or did he really just see a squirrel outside the window? A satisfying ending in which Waffle chases a cloud and goes back up into the sky and Harry is happy that Waffle is happy.A celebration of the power of a child's imagination. The story is charming and students will relate to Harry's desire for a pet and his imaginative solution. As always, David Catrow's illustrations are hilarious in their details. A definite addition to my library.

  • Becky
    2019-01-19 19:20

    Harry wants a dog, but his father' nose is very sensitive, and he sneezes with just the thought of a dog. So Harry uses his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet to "create a dog from deep within his own brain." The dog comes alive, at least to Harry, and is named Waffle.I loved the imagination in this story! The X-35 helmet is "made out of an old football helmet, with lots of silvery aluminum foil that stuck up..." Waffle is real to Harry, even when his imaginary status is pointed out by the girl down the street.The one hesitation I had with the book was that in the end Harry gets a real dog. Most of the time a child is told "no" about something as important as a pet the answer does not change. This is probably not a good story to be reading to those kids.

  • Dolly
    2019-02-06 00:21

    We are big fans of David Catrow's illustrations, so whenever I see a picture book cover with his inimitable illustrative style, I know I have to borrow it from our library. This is a wonderful book about children and their pets and the joys of an active imagination. The story is entertaining and shows how even a family allergy cannot stop a young boy from having the dog of his dreams. I loved the ending and overall, it was a very touching story. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  • The Brothers
    2019-02-11 20:37

    Harry is a little boy who desperately wants a dog, unfortunately he father is allergic because of his job in a pepper factory (makes his nose super sensitive). So Harry uses an imagination helmet of his own design to imagine a dog into existence (think Calvin with Hobbes). Harry and Waffle (his imagined dog) have the kind of fun only a boy and his dog can have. But then, through a series of circumstance, Harry is presented with a REAL dog. What will happen to Waffle now? Story ends well and poignantly.Great illustrations (as always when David Catrow does the artwork).

  • Sara Grochowski
    2019-02-12 19:40

    Harry's father is allergic to dogs, which means Harry can never have one, no matter how much he asks. His dad gets him a chameleon, hoping it will satisfy Harry... and he does like it, but it's not a dog. So one day puts on his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet and dreams up a dog who won't trouble his father's allergies. Waffle is wonderful and it doesn't matter in the least that no one else can see her! Humorous and colorful illustrations complement this wonderful tale about creativity and the incomparable love between a boy and his dog! I adore DREAM DOG!

  • Peacegal
    2019-02-03 00:40

    A child imagines a dream dog as his constant companion in this quirky book. Even better, a real dog ends up being adopted from a shelter. A not-so-positive element is the allergic father's purchase of a chameleon as a pet for his son even though the child does not want or enjoy the lizard. Needless to say, everyone in the household should agree on a pet before that animal is ever brought home.

  • Ina
    2019-01-20 22:31

    Harry’s father has allergies so when Harry asks for a dog he gets….a lizard. So he does what any normal redblooded kid would – he conjures up Waffle, an imaginary pet dog. The two are inseperable until a change of circumstance brings Bumper into Harry’s life: Bumper is a real dog. The text is a little long for a young story time audience, but the illustrations are wonderful and this very positive book is filled with humor.

  • Shannon
    2019-01-26 17:29

    The ending didn't make sense. When the kid got a real dog, Waffle looked so sad because the new dog couldn't see or interact with him. So when the kid figures out how to make the new dog see Waffle, it should be happily ever after for all three of them, right? No. Waffle runs away, and the kid is just oddly ok with this. What was the point of making the new dog see Waffle if he was just going to leave?

  • Mary
    2019-02-10 18:29

    This is a great book for children who love dogs and who may not be able to have one of their own. A little boy dreams up his own dog, and even though others can't see it, it is incredibly special and important to him. The illustrations are highly entertaining and the story is full of love. Longer text precludes this to an older child with a higher attention span.

  • Shelli
    2019-01-25 01:37

    Lou Berger and David Catrow’s collaboration produced a sweet tale of imagination and love. Harry desperately longed for a dog, sadly his pleads were denied due to his father’s overly sensitive nose. A young boy needs a dog, even if that means taking the matter to his inventive mind to procure one. A humorous, touching and creative read that kids will enjoy.

  • Patricia
    2019-01-31 01:19

    Read for Librarian Book GroupThe illustrations were very Seussian (though I found the father to be leaning toward a slightly offensive stereotype) and I liked the dream dog. I was not at all happy with the ending.

  • Ryan
    2019-01-18 20:37

    First off this book is probably too long for story time, but it is still an excellent book. Have you ever wanted a dog so badly you just imagined one into being, well our hero did. Did his dog ever turn real or does he have a Pinocchio dog? You will just have to read it yourself for the answer.

  • Traci Bold
    2019-01-23 01:40

    When Harry could not have a real dog, he created the next best thing, an imaginary one that did everything he wanted. Until...Written and illustrated by Lou Berger and David Catrow. #pets #dogs #allergies #humor #imaginaryfriend

  • ReadRibbet
    2019-02-14 01:37

    Lou Berger's story benefits from David Catrow's illustrations as we learn about a boy who wants a dog but gets a lizard instead (amazingly similar to my brother's family!) Soon a fantasy dog enters the picture and seems a good placeholder until a real dog comes along.

  • Becky Loader
    2019-02-11 21:19

    This is a book for a dog lover! Harry wants a dog more than anything, but dogs make his dad sneeze. Harry takes matters into his own hands, and he imagines the dog of his dreams. The ending is absolutely wonderful.

  • Sara
    2019-02-05 18:30

    David Catrow is one of my favorite illustrators, so that's why it initially caught my eye in the pile of new library books. The story is great, though. A little boy who dreams of a dog creates an imaginary one, proving that he can fulfill his own dreams.

  • Marissa Burkey
    2019-02-15 20:26

    Imaginary friends

  • Paula
    2019-01-22 21:26

    Harry cannot have the dog he desperately wants because of his father's sensitive nose, so he uses his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet to create Waffle, the dog of his dreams.

  • Rebecca Ann
    2019-01-29 19:22

    I love stories about imaginary friends, so why not an imaginary dog? A great, fun read with a unique illustrative style.