PPBF: Is there a dog in this book?

Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:

Is There A Dog In This Book?

Is there a dog in this book?

Written and Illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

Candlewick Press, 2014


Suitable for: ages preschool – Grade 2

Theme/Topic: Dog and Cat relationships, Interactive Adventure

Opening Spread: End papers — There are three cats in this book. They’re on the next page . . . .

“Oh, hello! You opened our book!”

“Come and look at all the pages!”

Sniff! “Wait — is there somebody else in this book?”

Brief Synopsis: From Candlewick’s website:

Can cats and dogs share the same turf? Revisit the age-old dilemma with a hide-and-seek romp among furry friends. Brimming with humor and featuring Viviane Schwarz’s exuberant artwork, here is a lively interactive exploration of the surprising joys of unlikely friendships from the creator of There Are Cats in This Book and There Are No Cats in This Book.

Equal time for canines! Three cats —Tiny, Moonpie, and André — think there might be a dog in this book, but it’s up to the reader to help them find out.

Resources: Dog and Cat Teaching Plan. You can talk about the differences and similarities of cats and dogs. Pretend to be a dog and play hide and seek.

Why I Like This Book: I stumbled on this title at the library.  The dust cover doesn’t fully cover the book, because it reveals the cats. The interior holds many surprises too. There are flaps for the reader to lift as the cats seek help in finding the dog. The cats are frightened about the dog, but the reader continues to open pianos, closet doors, and suitcases. Enzo loved the rising tension as the cats keep an eye out for the dog. I love the dog’s thought bubble drawings. They perfectly match the images a child Enzo’s age draws.

This is Schwarz’s third Cats book. The other titles include There Are Cats in This Book and There Are No Cats in This Book

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23 thoughts on “PPBF: Is there a dog in this book?

  1. Sounds cute – I’d like to see all three books together and compare.
    There was a time I did not enjoy reading flap books to the kids because they were so intent on opening flaps that they did not follow the story! Plus, lots of gluing and taping flaps back into the book…

    • These flaps are surprisingly sturdy. They need to be as Enzo is a bit stronger than he was a drooling baby.
      I can’t get my hands on the first two in the series via the library. I’ll see if I can find them.

    • We may keep this one the full three weeks Julie. Our system only has this book, but not the first two. She also illustrated the book Cheese Belongs to You! by Alexis Deacon. Another fun book. I believe all of these were first published in the UK and then Candlewick published them here.