Book Review: I'm My Own Dog

September 24, 2014

I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein
From Miss Mary at Main Library

“I’m my own dog. Nobody owns me. I own myself.” The star of this story is an extremely independent bulldog who thinks he needs no one. He can throw his own stick, lick his own face, and he even fetches his own slippers. All is well until one day our nameless dog tries to scratch an itch right in the middle of his back but he can’t quite reach the spot.

He lets the man with the mustache do it for him. After scratching the dog’s back, the man follows him home. Soon the dog is taking his new friend to his favorite spots and teaching him the basic commands such as “Sit” and “Fetch”. A new friendship has formed between the bulldog and the man with the mustache but we will never be sure just which one is the boss.

Award winning illustrator David Ezra Stein has created a memorable story about a dog with an attitude that children will fall in love with. Simple illustrations done in pen, ink and watercolor catch the emotions of this furry canine and his new found friend. The role reversal between the dog and the man creates a fun tale which is sure to be a favorite story book for dog lovers of all ages and of course, their dogs.

Thanks for a terrific review, Miss Mary! I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein is available at your library and well worth reading!

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