We Want a Dog

by Lo Cole (Author)

We Want a Dog
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

See if you can spot your own beloved pet in these funny pups! (And don't miss the surprise for cat lovers at the end.) Makes a great gift for dog owners and kids alike.

We want a dog! What kind of dog...?

This hilarious rhyming texts takes us through twenty-seven unexpected and amusing varieties of dogs that one could have, like one that begs, one that sheds, one that rips things into shreds. And while the book is sure to delight any dog lover, the narrator's choice at the end will make readers laugh out loud! See how many of these lovable and amusing pups you can recognize from your own life.

Perfect for:

  • Gifts for anyone who has recently adopted a dog or rescue pet
  • Kids who keep asking for a dog
  • Fans of Can I Be Your Dog? and funny books for kids


Together text and art will garner giggles for this perfect read-aloud with a surprise twist ending!--Kirkus Reviews

[The] rapid-fire controlled descriptions of minor canine chaos will entice audiences and novice readers alike... Youngsters will adore following along with the sharply characterized dogs and bouncy rhyme.--BCCB

Also by Lo Cole: Ten on a Twig, Ten in a Hurry

Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
Lively, rhyming text is perfectly paired with expressive, energetic artwork. The bold digital illustrations, done in a minimal palette of black, white, and red, are full of spontaneity and ingeniousness... Together text and art will garner giggles for this perfect read-aloud with a surprise twist ending!

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--Even if you think you want a dog, it turns out there are an awful lot of traits you might not like in your new pet. Would you really want "One that begs?/ One that sheds?/ One that rips things into shreds?" In playful verse the many downsides of doggy behavior are enumerated until the very end when the narrator has a change of heart. The digitally created illustrations pop off the page in flat black, white, red, and gray. Strong, simplified shapes of dogs being dogs are arranged dynamically to both please and surprise the eye. Fledgling readers will be able to take a crack at the spare text on their own, while readers and listeners alike will get a giggle out of the fact that farts and peeing on the Christmas tree are not overlooked. VERDICT A visual treat with a jaunty, easy-to-read text, this should have wide appeal.--Jan Aldrich Solow, formerly Fairfax County Public Sch., VA

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication date
June 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002190 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pets
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Picture books
Stories in rhyme
Humorous fiction

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