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The Doghouse    by Jan Thomas order for
by Jan Thomas
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

After reading Birthday for Cow by the same author, we were excited to open The Doghouse, in which Jan Thomas revisits some of the same characters as in Birthday for Cow.

In this totally entertaining romp, Mouse loses a ball in THE DOGHOUSE! He, being meek, is afraid to retrieve the ball, so he sends one animal after another into ... THE DOGHOUSE! However, the animals all go in, but they don't come out. The dog sticks his head out of THE DOGHOUSE and announces to Mouse that he is having duck for dinner! Gasp! Could he really be eating duck for dinner, or could having duck for dinner have another meaning?

Thomas employs simple words, a little suspense, lots of humor, and bold, almost child-like illustrations. Very few books make my four-year old giggle as much as this one, and she also uses this book to practice her early reading skills. I would buy any Jan Thomas picture book, sight unseen.

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