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Why Do I Have to Eat Off the Floor?

Why Do I Have to Eat Off the Floor?
 

Why can't I drive the car? Because you are too small to drive. Why can't I jump on the chair? Because chairs are for sitting. This work features illustrations which present these seemingly innocent questions, the kind usually addressed by a child to a parent, as being addressed t... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781921049583
Published 1 December 2006 by Hardie Grant Egmont
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Hornsey, Chris
Illustrated by Perkins, Gwyn
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ISBN-13 9781921049583
ISBN-10 1921049588
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Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont
Imprint Little Hare
Publication Date 1 December 2006
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Hornsey, Chris
Illustrated by Perkins, Gwyn
Category General Picture Books
Australian
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions Width: 260mm
Height: 210mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 5-12 years
Reading Age 5-12 years
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.92;823.92
Catalogue Code 56894

Description of this Book

Why can't I drive the car? Because you are too small to drive. Why can't I jump on the chair? Because chairs are for sitting. These seemingly innocent questions, the kind usually addressed by a child to a parent, take on a crazy new twist as the illustrations reveal that the questions are being addressed to a child - by her dog! The understated text beautifully sets off the grandiose ambitions of this little dog with BIG ideas. And his little girl owner patiently answers all his questions, until finally, she has to tell it like it is: But why do I have to eat off the floor? Because you're a DOG, Murphy! Quirky, charming and absolutely hilarious, Why Do I Have to Eat Off the Floor? will appeal to children, adults - and all those dog owners whose dogs just don't understand that they're not people! Gwyn Perkins's whimsical illustrations will delight.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review From Kirkus ReviewsParents and dog owners will have a chuckle and it may serve as a good primer forchildren just training a pup. -- Kirkus Reviews
US Review Murphy, a short, enthusiastic dog, reveals his canine desires through a series of questions. He asks, Why can't I drive the car? and is answered matter-of-factly by his wispy-haired girl, Because you are too small to drive. He also wants to know why he can't play all the time and why he has to be good when company visits. Murphy's curiosity and exuberance are not unlike that of children, who gleefully follow their Id. His patient owner tries to answer all these queries and more while teaching him proper behavior and convincing him ultimately that he is fated to be a dog, not a human. Perkins's spare cartoons offer a lot of white space with some pale hues of purple, green and blue to brighten things up. While Murphy is pudgy and beguiling, the artwork feels sterile and the text sounds like a light scolding. Parents and dog owners will have a chuckle and it may serve as a good primer for children just training a pup. Suzanne William's My Dog Never Says Please (1997), however, is far better suited to a child's sense of humor. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews)

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