By: Marian Harris
Illustrated By: Jim Harris
Publisher: Accord Publishing
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: September 2009
“Ten Little Puppies jumping on the bed,
Dachshund fell off and landed on his head.
Mama called the doctor, and the doctor said,
‘No more sausage dogs jumping on the bed.’”
So begins the hysterically funny and incredibly cute book Ten Little Puppies. There are ten witty poems in this new book, but it’s not the poems that will make both children and adults alike laugh. It’s the fabulous way they work in conjunction with the goofy, expressive puppy illustrations that envelop the book.
The central puppy on each page of Ten Little Puppies is the silliest of all. Why? Because there are two large, bright blue goofy looking wobbly plastic eyes attached to the book and each main puppy has cutouts where his eyes should be. As you turn thepage, the big plastic eyes slip into the holes. No matter how you turn the book, left, right, upside down, those big blue eyes follow the reader. Seeing the puppies with these eyes brings a smile to one’s face. It’s easy to see why the first book in what is sure to be a series, Ten Little Dinosaurs, sold 2 million copies.
At the end of the book is a two-page primer on the various breeds featured in the book.
Quill says: If you want your child to giggle with glee, buy a copy of Ten Little Puppies!