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I'm My Own Dog
by David Ezra Stein
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2014 (2014)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

As you'll quickly see when you read this picture book, nobody owns me. I own myself. 'I work like a dog all day. When I get home, I fetch my own slippers. I curl up at my own feet.'

You'll see that I don't sit when someone tells me to and I never retrieve things like balls or sticks.

Now as you get further into my story you'll discover that one day I did let a person scratch my back. Of course, that started something and 'the little guy followed me home'. Because I felt sorry for him, I let him stay. Then I taught him how to use a leash, throw sticks, and learn commands like 'Sit, sit. Good boy.'

This person is kind of messy. So I have to clean up after him. But because I have grown used to having him around, I think I'll keep him. 'Between you and me, I'm his best friend.'

I think you'll really like my book which offers a different (and funny) look at the relationships between wonderful dogs, like me, and the humans we hang out with. Someone told me there is role-reversal in this book. I'm not sure what that means but it sounds serious. Perhaps you can figure it out.

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