What Dogs Like is a book with an important message. Nearly 80 percent of dog bites are from the family or a friend’s dog. Written as a read-along rhyme with illustrations, What Dogs Like cleverly helps educate young people as well as their parents on how to behave around their canine friends.
The artwork on this cover is fun and bright. It gives a good representation of the book’s content. Unfortunately, the title is lost in the artwork. The colors chosen for the text don’t stand out enough from the background, and the top word blends right in to the picture. A little reshuffling, and this could have worked. There’s a lot of wasted space at the top of the cover, so everything didn’t need to be crammed into the bottom half.
Nicely done. The artwork is bright and attractive, but realistic enough that the seriousness of the lesson is communicated. The illustrator managed to capture the occasional snarling/growling with enough gravity, but without making the picture scary for little readers.
This is a great way to introduce an important subject to young readers. I have two (fairly high-strung) dogs, and I’ve seen first-hand the problems that arise when a dog is put in a stressful situation. Kids aren’t always taught to treat pets properly. In fact, pets are frequently treated as just another toy. It’s hardly surprising that kids get nipped from time to time.
I’m not thrilled with the approach though. I feel like the rhyming obscures the point. I like the idea of the dog as narrator, but be prepared for a little discussion to make sure your kids understand the importance of the lesson.
Overall, however, this book is obviously created by someone who knows a lot about both kids and dogs. I do highly recommend it.
About the Author
Joanne Hinds is a dog trainer and behavior advisor in the UK, who started her career working in a Rescue and Boarding Kennels and Cattery. This is where her passion for behavior and training came about. She wanted to help prevent dogs ending up homeless due to behaviour problems. Joanne is a certified COAPE animal behaviourist (DipCAPT QCF Level 4) and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.