If You Give a Dog a Donut (If You Give...)

by Laura Joffe Numeroff (Author) Felicia Bond (Illustrator)

If You Give a Dog a Donut (If You Give...)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: If You Give...

The exuberant dog who first appeared in If You Give a Pig a Party now stars in his very own book in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give... series!

If you give a dog a donut, he'll ask for some apple juice to go with it. When you give him the juice, he'll drink it all up. Then, before you can say "Woof" . . . Dog is off on a backyard adventure!

If You Give a Dog a Donut is another home run from the beloved team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

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Publishers Weekly

These veteran collaborators don't stray from the tried-and-true recipe for their If You Give... series in this addition, a buoyant, circular story in which a canine's spiraling free association leads to a day's worth of outdoor activities. As usual, Bond's clean, action-filled pictures, set against white backdrops, imbue the title character with abundant personality as he skips and dances his way through the pages. After his young host gives him a donut, the dog requests apple juice--and then seconds. Since there isn't any left, he skateboards outside to pick apples to make juice. Tossing an apple to the boy "make him think of baseball," so the two dabble in that sport, play pirates, have a water fight, and fly a kite, before the dog is again reminded of apple juice--and donuts. There's a definite boy slant to this story, which is a nice complement to the more girl-oriented installments in the series. Even readers whose dogs are less demanding than this one are likely to recognize his boundless energy in their own pets. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-K--If you give a dog a donut, he'll want some apple juice to go with it. So begins the now-familiar circular story that will end up in the same place as it started. This one takes a little time out in the middle for a baseball game between the dog and the boy. Then the story line meanders back to a thirsty dog that wants some apple juice and, no doubt, a donut to go with it. The illustrations, all outlined in black, are clean and colorful. There is a lot of white space in this one, as backgrounds are kept to a minimum. The formula is a hit with the preschool crowd, and this installment is sure to be as popular as the others.--Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2011
If You Give...
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
Library of Congress categories
Colorado Children's Book Award
Nominee 2013 - 2013

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