City Dog, Country Dog
Crummel, Susan Stevens
. Marshall Cavendish . Tarrytown, NY ,
PZ7.C88845 Cy 2004 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a delightful, playful book. It plays particularly well with Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It works with photographs of paper constructions. The papers are textured, layered, and pasted down. The basic story is about two dogs who love to paint: Vincent van Dog and Henri T. La Pooch. They meet at art school. Much about the two becomes a study in contrasts. Their encounters, like the disastrous visit by Henri to the country, become occasions for references to appropriate paintings, like Starry Night. The city meal is at a restaurant. Later the owner of a night club throws them out for joining the can-can dancers in their dance. There is a happy, surprising, novel resolution: they meet on the beach! The moral is Vive la difference! Along the way the book manages to teach several French expressions on each two-page spread. I enjoy the creativity and taste evident in this production.