Go Dog. Go! 50th Anniversary Party Edition

What It Is

Fifty years ago, P.D. Eastman gave beginning readers a fun way to learn to read simple words and sentences with this classic canine extravaganza. Rather than a traditional plot, the book features a series of related vignettes featuring dogs of many colors, doing wacky things such as riding a roller coaster, skiing and other non-dog activities. However, the “story” does build to a culmination at the end — a grand pooch party.

Why It’s Fun

Amazingly, in this fast-paced and socially networked world, this book is as relevant to today’s kids as it was 50 years ago. This edition is simply a reprint of the original with a foil cover, but that’s okay. No need to mess with perfection! With only 75 words throughout the entire book, it’s a fun and effective tool for beginning readers. Repetition helps kids to develop their reading skills and confidence. Plus, Eastman’s use of opposites and simple hand-drawn illustrations provide clues that also help kids recognize words.

Who’s Going To Love It

If there is not a copy of this book on your child’s shelf, this is an excellent excuse to go buy one! The pride on my kindergartner’s face as she reads it is priceless. (She’s also pointed out that some sentences don’t have a verb, but we’ll overlook that!) It can be a bit lengthy for younger ones to read in its entirety, so have a bookmark handy.

Reading Time

Varies based on reading level

Read-It-Again Points

10 out of 10

Book Information

Go Dog. Go! 50th Anniversary Party Edition
By: Written and Illustrated by P.D. Eastman
Published by: Random House Children’s Books (2011)
Approximate retail price: $8.99
Publisher’s recommended ages: 5 - 8

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