Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Go, Dog. Go!

Written by: PD Eastman

First line: Dog.

Why you should read this book: Although this is a beginning-beginner book, and often one of the first books that children find they can read all by themselves, there is an interesting structure and sense of dynamic tension and irony in the narrative, in which a series of activities, all perpetrated by anthropomorphic dogs, culminates in one of the most memorable party scenes of western literature, arguably surpassing anything Gatsby was able to throw together with limited resources that did not, sadly, include acrobatic dogs. With repetition and an emphasis on prepositions, color words, and easily understandable concepts, this book begs to be read over and over again.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Do not believe in judging others by their hats.

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