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Summary: Mr. Bloggs didn't have just one dog, he had seventeen! Big ones, little ones, all kinds of breeds. Yet each time Mr. Bloggs and his dogs went outside, one of them seemed to be lost. Would he ever find them? This picture book offers listeners and readers adventure, pets, and counting, too.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: "I'm glad this was just a dream." Our child (a huge dog lover) sat and listened intently at the first reading. After that s/he just preferred to look at the illustrations.
Adult Reader Reaction: Whoa! This one caught us by surprise. The events that befall the dogs seem a little dramatic ... until you get to the happy ending.
Pros: This black/white picture book creatively presents a story about dogs and (if you want) math. Given the target audience, the theme will be attractive for remedial readers.
Cons: There are some morose elements to the story that you may want to gauge before you read with your child.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Those with a dry sense of humor will enjoy this book. Those who want a happy-go-lucky story about dogs (that runs through the whole book) may not appreciate the author's approach. There are other humorous dog tales for you.
Educational Themes: Although it may seem simple, the dark comedy may be perfect for remedial readers in the target audience range. For other audiences, you can practice counting and subtraction, and talk about proper pet care.