When I think of the Dog Days of Summer I think of my dog “Charlie” lounging around in the backyard and going for long walks of sniffing everything. So when I saw Dog Days of School I wasn’t expecting a DOG in SCHOOL.
DiPucchio has a great way of teaching the days of the week and the ups and downs of going to school. Being a busy person has super fun days where you eat cupcakes, take long drinks from the water fountain and make art. Then sometimes we have boring days or some may call them bad days; you are scolded for chewing on a pencil or have to listen to long boring stories about CATS.
Charlie in this story is a boy who gets a little nervous Sunday evenings thinking about the school week. It would be a lot better to be his dog Norman,
The moral of the story is The Grass is always Greener on the other side.
Biggs’ illustrations, are simple, fun and to the point. How can two dots for eyes and bold black and white drawings of figures be so representative of different characters? Biggs has filled the pages with these bold images with colourful backgrounds and funny facial expressions.
There are no computers or televisions illustrated in this story, there really is more to life than electronics, I like that! Making art and discovering social skills is a nice thing to have in life, keep thinking and creating in your environment and you’ll find your imagination can help you create a great life.
Both author and illustrator of Dog Days of School combined their skills to make a great story about Happy and Grumpy days.