Frog on dog.
Frog on log.
Frog on dog and dog on log.
Dog and frog near hog in bog.
Dog on Log begins in a very Dr Seuss way with very simple cumulative rhyming text while the illustrations provide details of just what’s going on. There’s a birthday party in-the-making. With very few words, the tension rises as the time of the party nears. When the birthday girl wakes in surprise, chaos ensues. Though it’s not quite the triumph Dog and his helpers have planned, all turns out well. Illustrations are pen and ink as well as digital media. They are mostly in gentle watercolours set in white space. Spreads extend to full page bleeds when the action is at its most intense. Endpapers suggest the woodland setting of the party, and feature the animal guests.
Everyone loves a party and all the animals are keen to help. Unfortunately they don’t all have the same idea about what constitutes help. Young readers will enjoy discovering what’s happening in the illustrations as they listen to the rhythms in the text. Younger animals find the waiting a challenge, and even the balloons have personality. All ends well though and readers learn that even if things don’t go quite to plan, it doesn’t mean that the attempt is a disaster. A humourous offering for pre- and early-schoolers.
Dog on Log, Tania Ingram ill Kat Chadwick Omnibus Books 2013 ISBN: 9781862919648
review by Claire Saxby, Children’s Author