#981 – Dogs in Cars by Felix Massie and Emmanuelle Walker

dogsincars_cover_rgb_72dpiDogs In Cars
Written by Felix Massie
Illustrated by Emmanuelle Walker
Flying Eye Books  11/01/2016
978-1-909263-87-1
64 pages   Ages 3+

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“Join these canine critters as they zoom around town in their dogmobiles. Count to 100 through the many breeds of dogs from French bulldogs to Great Danes, as they wreak havoc upon the streets in their recognizable locomotives!

“In this hilariously illustrated introduction to the world of dogs and cars, Felix Massie and Emmanuelle Walker pay homage to these glorious animals and their moving machines.” [PRESS RELEASE]

Review
Dogs in Cars will have children counting various breeds of dogs. Starting with one dog, each spread adds a new bread and one more dog.

“One Afghan hound
hair blowing with flowing locks

“Two eager beagles
riding with a fox!”

The full rhyme runs over two spreads in an ABCB pattern. There are all sorts of cars, which also change with the spreads. I am not a car buff, so I cannot describe the cars by model. I can say some have the European driver-on-the-right and some have the American driver-on-the-left. Sedans, fast cars, convertibles, luxury, and even trucks are on these pages. I have even less of a clue how Commercial van insurance – one sure insurance or any of that works, but that’s okay since:
3The main subject is , of course, dogs. Practically every breed imaginable finds a place between the pages of Dogs in Cars. A few well-known breeds include beagles, Dalmatians, poodles, great Danes, basset hounds, and the huge Newfoundland dog all hitching a ride in Dogs in Cars. It is quite comical to see ten or twenty dogs in a car with its human chauffer driving them to wherever this many dogs go during the day.

The illustrations use a large amount of white space to direct children’s eyes to the car and sometimes the road. Four Dalmatians, looking out the window, direct us to a trail of fire shooting off the tires into the left page of the spread. Seven Great Danes ride in the bed of a green truck, some forward, and some looking backward. Only a duck crossing sign makes the scene. By the time you reach fourteen Newfoundland in a truck cab, some ride atop the barrel-shaped bed of the truck, as if the dogs were Saint Bernard’s out to rescue a large group.
4It is possible to have children elaborate on each scene. Where are the dogs going? What are they dog in this particular car? Most any question can stretch the imaginations of children willing to play along.

One big problem with this counting book is the counting of the dogs. It is not easy counting some of the breeds because of their size or the number of dogs in the car. The higher the number, the harder it is to count them correctly. The back cover gives additional activities for Dogs in Cars. One is to count the number of dogs wearing eyeglasses. I looked thrice and found none. A wild goose chase in a dog book?

Oh, but there is a real twist. Counting books generally do not have a twist, usually saved for actual stories, but Dogs in Cars is not your routine counting book. The final spread is for the number 100. With 100 dogs in a car it will need to be a huge car. And here is the twist. There is an accident and the 100 dogs, if they were ever there, are now long gone. There are 100 critters for children to count . . . 100 . . .(sorry, I forget).
2Dogs in Cars is an ambitious counting book which will interest dog-loving parents and children. Kids can count several objects, not simply dogs, thanks to some detailed spreads. One disappointment: I thought the dogs would be driving the cars, but no, each pack has a human at the wheel.

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*Eurasier – small dog originally from Germany: “maintains its own personality” (don’t all dogs?)
.Xoloitzcuintlis – Mexican Hairless Dog
.Zuchons – designer dog; cross between a Bichon Frisé and a Shih Tzu

DOGS IN CARS. Text copyright © 2016 by Felix Massie. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Emmanuelle Walker. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Flying Eye Books, New York, NY.

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Reprinted with permission from DOGS IN CARS © 2016 by Felix Massie, Flying Eye Books, an imprint of Nobrow Ltd., Illustrations © 2016 by Emmanuelle Walker.

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Copyright © 2016 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

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Dogs in Cars
Written by Felix Massie
Illustrated by Emmanuelle Walker
Flying Eye Books 11/01/2016
9781909263871

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