Help Me, Mr. Mutt!Dogs from all walks of life write Mr. Mutt, Canine Counselor extraordinaire, about their people problems. Overdressed in Oklahoma despairs about the ridiculous costumes his people dress him in for the holidays. Sleepless in South Dakota complains that he's a biiiiiig dog who needs a biiiiiig bed, but his people keep relegating him to a little doggie bed. Don't they understand that he needs a large, comfy bed like they have?
Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems
by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
illustrated by Janet Stevens
NY: Harcourt, 2008
ages 6 - 10
available on Amazon or at your local library
Mr. Mutt's replies are witty and laugh-inducing as well. His advice is solidly from the dog's perspective. He advises dogs how to get more food, more respect, more treats. To Famished in Florida a rotund dachshund whose people have put him on a diet, Mr. Mutt advises looking for food in all sorts of places, like countertops, the trash, or under the high chair, and finishing off with a cool drink of water (from the toilet, of course). Every letter ends with a postscript about the cat in Mr. Mutt's house, complaining that "Cats are spoiled rotten. It's never fair." And then the Queen, the cat in Mr. Mutt's house, includes a letter from her perspective - putting the dogs in place: "Watch it, Muttface. Cats are not spoiled rotten. Especially me. I am royalty. I am The Queen. P.S. The Queen would never drink from a toilet."
This hilarious picture book will have you giggling and laughing aloud (adults and kids, dog lovers and cat lovers). It's great for noticing perspective, or talking about what the dog's point of view is versus the cat's. Follow it up by reading Bad Kitty Takes a Bath, another book sure to bring laughs.
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