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The Very Very Very Long Dog
Contributor(s): Patton, Julia
ISBN: 1492654450     ISBN-13: 9781492654452
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: December 2017
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Annotation: Bartelby, a very long sausage dog, causes chaos when walking with his friends until they find a way for him to keep track of his bottom.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dachshunds; Fiction.
Dogs; Fiction.
City and town life; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016057971
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 10.25" W x 0.50" (1.05 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #1)

Just how long is Bartelby, the "sausage dog" resident of a bookstore? Long enough that he can't fit head to tail on a page of Patton's lighthearted book. On a walk with three children, Bartleby happily returns the smiles of passersby, oblivious that his "blundering behind" is creating mayhem: it triggers a pileup of cars, trips a pizza deliverer, and topples a ladder, sending a painter and his paint flying. Hearing the commotion, Bartelby circles back to investigate, determined to "get to the bottom of this and find the culprit!" This he does, biting the offending rear end—and thus identifying whose it is. Patton (Drat That Fat Cat!) adeptly highlights the story's physical comedy, and Bartleby's scruffy fur and expressive, bugged-out eyes make him a sympathetic pup. But the artwork doesn't always communicate clearly: how Bartleby triggers the car accident isn't entirely evident, and the children's solution to prevent future incidents (a yellow scarf and "long vehicle" sign are involved) seems more about making others aware of the dog than about keeping Bartleby "absolutely sure where his bottom is." Ages 4–8. Agent: Alli Brydon, Bright Group. (Dec.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 November)

PreS-Gr 2—Bartelby is an adorable sausage dog who lives in a bookstore. He loves his home, reading good books, and being taken for walks around town with his many friends. There's just has one not-so-little problem—he's too long. His front end is fine but his misguided backside has issues. Chaos and mayhem seem to follow wherever he and his faraway bottom go. His unsupervised tail end goes through wet cement and causes cars to crash. Bartelby is devastated when he realizes the source of the trouble is his own back end. His friends decide to work together to solve the problem. They come up with a clever solution to help their four legged companion when going for a walk. This is a charming book that is packed with humor. Bartelby's head and tail are rarely on the same page to show the extreme length of his body. The author refers to Bartelby's back end in humorous ways. For example, "blundering backside" and "reckless rear" are terms the will amuse and delight children. The use of color in the illustrations is minimal. Readers' eyes are drawn to the main subjects that have a greater amount of color. It's difficult not to fall in love with Bartelby and his supportive friends. The story quietly stresses the importance of friendship and perseverance. VERDICT This is a sublimely silly book that children and dog lovers will enjoy reading again and again.—Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA

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