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Summary: Rufus, adopted as a mature dog, quickly followed in his new owners footsteps: He became a photographer. The pictures in the book share his dog's eye view of the world and his owner's sense of humor. This is a pictoral photo-biography by Rufus and his owner.
Type of Reading: playtime reading; read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 7
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He liked the pictures and listened to the one-liners that Rufus offered. As much as s/he loves pets, though, she never came back to this one, not even to thumb through.
Adult Reader Reaction: We were surprised by the book. Although billed for 'all ages' there are certain sections with lengthier narrative that you may prefer to skip (like Rufus' death).
Pros: The photos are great. You can enjoy this as a picture book and not read one word of the printed material.
Cons: Readers should know up front that this is more than a photojournal so they can decide how they want the story to end.
Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. The photography is excellent and dog lovers will enjoy it. It's coffee-table value is a personal decision, so you may want to borrow first.
Educational Themes: The front matter and back matter lend themselves to opening discussions about caring for dogs.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animal characters, humor, jobs
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2005
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