Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wackiest White House Pets - Review and Book Giveaway

National Library Week Tip #1 - Involve your children in current events by reading and discussing books related to current news topics.

Woof! Bark! A puppy in the White House! The Obama family has adopted a 6-month-old Portuguese Water Dog named Bo. Way back in November I reviewed a great book called Wackiest White House Pets. I'm posting my review again, with a giveaway this time!

Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis covers an amuzing array of past presidential pets, from Jefferson's mocking birds to Teddy Roosevelt's chaotic "zoo" which included a one-legged rooster! Fifteen presidents and their pets are featured in this lighthearted read, each earning a special wackiest pet designation. For instance, George Washington's horses earned the "Cleanest Teeth" title while the "Luckiest Pet" went to Lincoln's lucky turkey pardoned from the Thanksgiving table. Hilarious almost cartoonish illustrations by David A. Johnson add interest to the text. My preschool daughter was slightly frightened by the sight of John Quincy Adams running away from an alligator on the cover. However, the book is meant for ages 7 to 10, so I imagine that age group would greatly enjoy the silly scenes pictured. The final pages of the book include a fact-filled listing of all 43 presidents and their respective pets. Most kids love pets. They'll devour this read, and quite possibly absorb some useful presidential facts while they are at it!

Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis, illustrated by David A. Johnson. Scholastic Press (October 1, 2004), 48 pages, ISBN 9780439443739
Awards: 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner.

Win a copy! Scholastic has kindly offered to giveaway (3) copies of Wackiest White House Pets to three Brimful Curiosities readers.

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3carnations said...

Clifford the Firehouse Dog - We borrowed it from the library last month!

Annie said...

Bad Dog Marley caught my eye right away lol.

Thanks, this book looks interesting!


Annie said...

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Annie said...

I follow you on Twitter and I Tweeted

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JennyK said...

Taylor Made Tales, a dogs secret looks like something my son would like!


JennyK said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted about this!


Beth said...

Clifford the Big Red Dog Read Along

Alice H said...

The "How to Speak Dog" by Sarah Whitehead also looks great - thanks! alicedemske at hotmail.com

Alice H said...

I subscribe via google reader - thanks! alicedemske at hotmail.com

Jen said...

Bad Dog, Marley! looks right up my alley! Cute.
Thanks for this contest. The book looks like a lot of fun. There is a website- can't think of the name, but I'm sure if you google it, you can find it. Anyways- it shows photos of the presidents with their actual pets. Very cool.

Creative and Curious Kids!

Anonymous said...

One "dog themed" book is Clifford's First Snow Day.
-Terra H.

Anonymous said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.
-Terra H.

EllyBean said...

Clifford the Firehouse Dog! My daughter adores Clifford!

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gahome2mom said...

My choice is The Puppy Place #3: Shadow by Ellen Miles. We love labs. lol

gahome2mom at gmail dot com

gahome2mom said...

Follower at Twitter - gahome2mom

Win White House Dog BK @iambrimful http://tinyurl.com/dzoble

scottsgal said...

The cover on the Dog Happy Howliday Book cracks me up! Thanks for the contest

msboatgal at aol.com

kathy55439 said...

Clifford the Firehouse Dog The boys are all about firehouses and firefighters right now

liane66 said...

Bad Dog Marley.
Thanks for the giveaway!

cstironkat said...

Alison the dog lover would get a kick out of this giveaway. She would also like to read The Puppy Place: Noodle.

Staci said...

A Dog Needs a Bone looks cute too.

richard said...

A Dogs Life - Autobiography of a Stray - I actuall think I am going to go an get this one for DD.

Thanks you!

Abby said...

Bad Dog, Marley looks absolutely adorable!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

Wehaf said...

Scooby-Doo! Museum Madness looks like a lot of fun. I like Scooby!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Kristie said...

We actually have 'Bad Dog Marley!' for our kiddos-really cute book!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

ellie said...

One that caught my eye is Clifford the Firehouse Dog! My little grandson adores Clifford, and he would love this book also. Thanks for the giveaway.

Marie said...

The kids and I would really enjoy Bad Dog Marley!


Anonymous said...

I would have to say Scooby Doos Guide to life because my daughter loves Scooby.

Still Learning said...

Good Boy, Fergus! We love the David books and from the same author this one is also a favorite.

Anonymous said...

clifford the firehouse dog--good old clifford!
yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

christin said...

Both my 3 yr old and her brother would love Dog Food:)
This sounds great! Thanks!

ms-texas said...

you've gotta love Clifford!

Clifford the Big Red Dog 40th Anniversary Edition


ms-texas said...

i follow you on twitter and I tweeted about this book giveaway


Sue W. said...

Hotel For Dogs would be the choice of book I would love to give my great granddaughter. But I would have to read it first because I also love many children's books.

Thanks for this giveaway.


Sue W. said...

I know it is a little late as this giveaway ends soon. But I did blog it on my site.



Sue W. said...

I twittered away about this giveaway. My twitter name is:kona15hilo

Danielle said...

Clifford- The Big Red Dog Read Along!
thanks for the giveaway

Katrina said...

Clifford the Big Red Dog Read Along would be cute for my daughter

casey aubut said...

Aww! They have Clifford books! I used to love him! My son will too hopefully!

LoveMy2Dogs said...

I going with Bad Dog Marley, because I saw the movie Marley and loved it.

Courtney said...

I love the "Dog Food" book! I love Scholastic, they have such cool stuff. Thanks for the giveaway!


Courtney said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted this giveaway!



Susieqtpie said...

"How to Speak Dog" by Sarah Whitehead is a super book that Scholastic is selling!

Susieqtpie said...

I tweeted this!!!! I'm following you on twitter as susieqtpie


Susieqtpie said...

I'm an email subscriber at arteachersusan at gmail dot com and a follower on your blog!

auntrene said...

Bad Dog Marley looks like a book that my niece would enjoy. She loves to read and enjoys stories about animals. She would also love the Wackiest Whitehouse Pets book.
thanks for the giveaway!

Carolsue said...

Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures sounds good

Buki Family said...

How to Speak Dog...looks like a real cute book.
sabeckstrom at yahoo dot com

clenna said...

I have three grand sons that would love this booi: Is That a Dead Dog In Your Locker?

Ginny said...

Clifford is always a favorite ~ Clifford the Big Red Dog 40th Anniversary Edition