Two Dogs

by Ian Falconer (Author) Ian Falconer (Illustrator)

Two Dogs
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

From Ian Falconer, Caldecott Honor winner and #1 New York Times bestselling creator of the Olivia series, comes a dashingly delightful picture book about two unforgettable dachshunds and their search for fun! Dachshund brothers Perry and Augie are home alone and desperately want to get outside and have a good time. Augie is the cautious one, the worrier; Perry is pure joy and excitement. When they finally manage to open the back door, mischievous adventures begin! Soon they're diving into the swimming pool, digging an enormous hole, and more! Will all return to normal before their owners come home?

This witty and utterly heartwarming story plays perfectly off the exquisite illustrations. These are Ian Falconer's first all-new characters since Olivia, and Two Dogs is sure to equally capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
A snug, funny round of hijinks by low dogs.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

In Falconer's (Olivia) new picture book, Perry and Augie are matching dachshund housemates--lithe, hilarious, and terribly bored. Left alone inside all day, they squabble. Perry steals Augie's ball ("The ball was very important to Augie"); Augie gets revenge via piano ("PLEASE, AUGIE, NO! NOT THE PIANO!"), pounding the keys as black bars of music thunder across the page. Desperate for adventure, they break out into the garden. An afternoon of guilty pleasure unfolds, from rolling in raccoon poop to discovering a small hole to excavate: "Then they heard the car drive up." Falconer's spreads not only share the sly wit of his previous piglet heroine's exploits; they offer beauty, too, in classically drawn forms ("Indeed, they look like little Roman emperors," the opening sequence observes) as the dogs romp across crisp, full-color backgrounds of grass and greenery in an exuberant display of canine choreography. The artist's insight into the inner lives of dogs ("Hurl yourself at the door and bark!") and gift for capturing their characteristic movements tick all the visual storytelling boxes, making this dachshund's-day-out story a delight. Ages 4-8. Agent: Conrad Rippy, Levine Plotkin & Menin. (June)

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Michael Di Capua Books
Publication date
June 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
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