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Up Dog

Up Dog

By Hazel Hutchins
Illustrated by Fanny
Categories: Children's Fiction
Themes: dogs
Interest Age: 2–4
Grade: p–p
Board book : 9781554513895, 26 pages, February 2012 , 5.97" x 5.97"


Uh-oh! Look out, house! This little dog is very busy cheerfully digging up and chewing up everything in sight. It’s a sad little dog who’s locked up in the pen while the house and garden are tidied up. But all is not lost, as he’s cautiously welcomed back up the steps and into the house at the end of the day.

Readers will have fun both watching the antics of this little dog and interpreting the animated facial expressions that range from determination and dejection to joy. While readers follow the dog from bad to good in rhythmic two- or three-word panels, they’ll also learn how to use “up” phrases.

Together with Up Cat, this engaging board book will expand toddlers’ vocabulary while delighting them with everyday scenes in the lives of two adorable animals. 


“A great board book to look more closely at the word up.”

- Columbia Review Group, Washington Library Media Association, 09/12

“This is a great little board book . . . educational too.” 

- Creative Madness Mama, 04/12/12

“This little pooch’s up-and-down antics charm.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 07/01/12

“My little one really liked this book as she was able to read most of the words herself.”

- Red House Books, 05/08/122

“Simple enough to engage audiences as young as two . . . also appropriate for beginning readers in Kindergarten.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, Summer/12

“For toddlers just learning to speak, Up Dog and Up Cat are a wonderful introduction to the rich ‘strangeness’ of the English language.”

- CM Reviews, 04/12

“An irresistibly happy board book with a repetition that makes participation fun.”

- Booklist, 07/12

“Very young children are sure to be charmed by this messy pup and everything he gets ‘up’ to.”

- Cozy Little Book Journal, 11/23/12

“A warm portrait of the special (and often messy) relationship between dog and person.”

- Publishers Weekly, 04/12