Dodd, Emma. 2009. I DON’T WANT A POSH DOG! New York: Little, Brown. ISBN 9780316033909 [Suggested Grade Levels PreK- 2]
Emma Dodd’s charming picture book demonstrates a young child’s longing for her own pet. During the course of the story, a little girl plainly states what kind of dog she does not want, narrowing down the choices until she happily finds the perfect dog for her.
Dodd’s engaging text has a sing-song quality that encourages children to join in the storytelling experience. Fun phrases like “I don’t want an itchy dog. A scritchy, scratchy, twitchy dog. I just want a silly dog. A sweet willy-nilly dog,” will make this a crowd pleaser with young audiences. Simple, double-page spread illustrations against solid, pastel-colored backgrounds, focus the reader’s attention on the facial expressions of the girl and her various canine choices. Young children will cheer when the picky heroine finally discovers her own dog.
Children will definitely relate to the main character’s desire to find the perfect dog. This picture book would make a wonderful addition to a classroom unit or library storytime on pets. Children could write a story or poem listing the qualities they would look for in a future pet. The fun rhythm of the text would also lend itself well to Reader’s Theatre performance.
Other books for children about choosing pets:
Masurel, Claire and Pamela Paparone. TEN DOGS IN THE WINDOW. ISBN 9780735813014
Numeroff, Laura and Nate Evans. LAURA NUMEROFF’S 10-STEP GUIDE TO LIVING WITH YOUR MONSTER. ISBN 9780066238227
Palatini, Margie and Bruce Whatley. THE PERFECT PET. ISBN 9780060001087
By Kimberly C. Kinnaird