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Art Dog

Hurd, Thacher (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 1997. 32 pages
First published: 1996
ISBN: 9780064434898 (paperback)
9780060244248 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Illustrations blend vibrant colours to create a dog-centred world. Artworks by Vermeer, Picasso and Van Gogh are referenced in humorous dog-versions. Playful punning language provides opportunities for more knowledge about art: “Leonardo Dog Vinci was Arthur’s favorite painter—or was it Henry Muttisse?” Meanwhile, Art Dog’s love of painting shows art-making as an outlet for self-expression.

The plot takes an adventurous and fantastic turn when Art Dog is mistaken for an art thief and must escape: “Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He painted himself a Brushmobile with his name on the side.” Colours transform from vivid to riotous, as Art Dog fills up at the “Acme Paint Factory,” leaves a wake of paint while speeding through town and battles art thieves with his sodden paintbrush. (“En garde! Touché! What a MESSTERPIECE!”)

This lively story finishes with a call for unbridled creativity, as Art Dog misses his own exhibition opening because he’s busy painting the sky. The final image shows him back in his mild-mannered secret identity, guarding the museum art.

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    If you had a superpower that allowed you to do good in the world, what would it be? Discuss how society would benefit from your unique talents.

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    Retell the story through a story map. Use the map to create a new adventure for Art Dog and his Brushmobile.

  •  Pretend you are Art Dog and create an original painting of your own. Explain your painting to the class.
  •  Art Dog is inspired by the great works around him. Take a virtual tour of a famous museum. What great works inspire you? Write a story that is nourished by the works that you see.
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    Have you ever been to a museum? What did you see? What did you enjoy? Do you enjoy any famous paintings?

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    Go for a picture walk and discuss what you can find in this museum. Do you know these paintings? What is special about them?

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    Discuss the use of wordplay in the names of the artists and paintings (Vincent Van Dog). Use teacher-selected resources to create a class list of new dog-art names.

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    Retell the story through a story map. Use the map to create a new adventure for Art Dog and his Brushmobile. Which famous painting would you choose?

  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Drama
  • Visual Arts