Dogs are grouped into categories that include "working dogs," "toy dogs," "terrier dogs," and "mixed-breed dogs" (sprocker or bassetmatian, anyone?) in this oversize visual guidebook, akin to a picture dictionary. The dogs stand against white backgrounds, drawn in a cartoon style that highlights their individual physical attributes, and are identified by breed name. An index provides brief descriptions of the 300 included breeds ("This small, fluffy black dog was originally used as a watchdog and for catching rats," Medway writes of the Schipperke), and a playful spread dedicates to puppies features a web of dotted lines that connect adult dogs to their offspring. Though readers won't learn a great deal about any of the breeds, many readers will be happy simply to peruse the pages and meet dogs they've never heard of before. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)
Children will enjoy browsing through the big format pages, looking for the dog they have or want to own.
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's a - Merrilyn Tucker
An oversize illustrated compendium of dogs from all over the world. What's amazing is that the breed-specific physical traits are drawn with such specificity, while employing Herge-like illustration that shows humor and affection. The book is divided by dog types, such as Working Dogs, Herding Dogs, Toy Dogs, Mixed Breed Dogs, etc. Includes a section of puppies, where the reader can find the adult dog which corresponds to the puppy by following a meandering dotted line. An index of dog breeds with breed origins caps it off. You might think that you need a photographic guide to dog breeds, but this illustrated one delivers... This is for dog lovers who like to browse the breed or for the sheer enjoyment of cute dog illustrations.
Youth Services Book Review - Stephanie Tournas
PreS-Gr 3—Chinese crested, English cocker spaniel, puli, corgi, and more: breeds both familiar and unfamiliar are positively bursting out of this oversize volume. A table of contents breaks down the dogs by general groups and provides a bit of information. There's a spread for each of the seven major categories (working dogs, hound dogs, sporting dogs, and so on) as well as sections on European, world, and mixed-breed dogs. A final spread is devoted to puppies (the authors explain that "some puppies look very different from the adult dogs they turn into"). Unlike most animal reference guides, this one lacks photographs and contains very little text. Each playful image is accompanied by the breed's name, and a listing at the end features a brief description of each dog, along with a page number indicating where in the book the canine is located. However, what this offering lacks in content it more than makes up for in personality. Medway imbues each of his canines with individuality (an admirable feat, given the sheer number of dogs covered), from the sad-eyed bullmastiff to the scowling bulldog to the cheery American Eskimo dog. These expressive creatures have a gentle, almost old-fashioned look to them, but the artist never veers into anthropomorphism. VERDICT Those seeking facts for school reports should stick to more traditional resources, but dog lovers will spend hours poring over these winsome illustrations.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal
This colourful, engaging picture book is a total charmer! Children and parents alike will love this fun yet educational introduction to the world's 300 domestic dog breeds.
Canadian Review of Materials - Chris Laurie
[Review for previous edition:] This oversize picture book presents a near-exhaustive array of dogs from around the world. In his distinctive style of cartooning, Medway groups this colossal collection of canines into 10 categories with a short caption under each heading. The sections display stylishly formatted and labeled depictions of well-known breeds as well as a slew of lesser-known pups... Medway includes a full double page dedicated to puppies, with dotted trails connecting the pups to their adult versions. The final pages offer a dog breed index... The genial illustrations and broad scope of breeds will delight any dog-lover.
Dog people will appreciate this charming colour illustrated book that shows more than 250 dog breeds from around the world. It serves as an entertaining dog identifier and a window into the fascinating canine universe.
City Parent - Jane Muller