Love, love, LOVE it! The illustrations are great, the message behind the story is clear and important, and I can't think of another book out there like it. Can't wait to read it to my class!
Such a good topic because there's just not good info out there on how dogs can interact with kids that is targeted to the child rather than the owners. Loved the different examples of the types of dog language when sleeping, eating, shy etc. Really love it.
We LOVE the illustrations and colour! It's a good length and has a good rhythm when reading out loud. The emphasis on words is great for kids learning to read and where to put emphasis in their voice. Great book for kids (and parents) who love dogs and those who don't...yet
Dogs really are the best. Thankfully, I am never very far away from a hound these days. Red and Ollie are our resident kelpies and they certainly keep us on our toes – between naps. And if two active working dogs weren’t enough, we also foster dogs through Dogs4Jobs.
Fostering has given me the opportunity to meet and interact with so many different dog personalities over the past three years. And, contrary to popular belief, not all dogs are the same. Not all dogs like pats and not all dogs like play. Some are friendly and some aren’t. They tell us all this very clearly, but we don’t always know how to listen. I wanted to give dogs a bigger voice. That is when Can I pat that dog? was born.
I hope it helps human and doggo alike in ensuring safe and happy future interactions.
I am a Melbourne based freelance graphic designer and illustrator. I am most inspired when working on projects that make an impact and improve our environments. In this case; advocating for dogs and educating kids on how to behave around our furry companions.