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If You Were a Dog Review (Farrar Straus Giroux)

What It Is

If You Were a Dog, a 40-page picture book written by Jamie A. Swenson and illustrated by Chris Raschka, asks kids to imagine themselves as a dog and several other animals. Would you be a Frisbee-catching dog or a mountain-gliding bird? How about a mighty-jumping frog or a tree-eating dinosaur? Or maybe the very best thing to be is a giggling kid with a big imagination.

Is It Fun?

This is a great way to spark kids' imaginations as they take on the role of each specifically described animal in the book. The story encourages child/book interaction and will definitely have your little animal howling, ribbiting, and more.

Who It’s For

If You Were a Dog is for ages 3-6.

What To Be Aware Of

The paperback version of this book in our video review is an advance review copy. The final published version of the book will be available in hardcover.

  • Quality

  • Read-it-Again Score

  • Fun-and-Learning

  • If You Were a Dog published by Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Written by: Jamie A. Swenson
  • Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
  • We recommend this book for kids ages 3 and up