Book Report: A Chewy Little ReadPosted: August 15, 2014
Students have already returned to the classroom where I live. Big yellow buses rumble down the street weekday mornings and afternoons, and on my daily walks I stop so that little children can give me a pat before scurrying through the doors of my neighborhood school. I’m back in school, too. My obedience classes started again a few weeks ago and I even have a new teacher. I’m pretty excited. So, in the spirit of a new school year, I’ve decided to start writing the occasional book report.
Today’s report is on a funny little book that every single one of my human mommy’s dog-loving friends will eventually receive from her–I Could Chew on This: and Other Poems by Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano, author of the New York Times bestseller I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats. The book’s jacket offers this overview:
In I Could Chew on This you’ll find poems penned by dogs that get to the root of their loyalty, optimism, obsessive chewing, and deep-seated need to smell every new butt that passes by. Discover why they do things like try to lick the inside of your nostril, eat bird poop, stop and smell one square inch of sidewalk for an eternity, bark at a dog five times their size, and greet you every day like you’ve been gone for weeks.
Does any of that sound familiar? To give you a little taste of this entertaining and insightful book, I’d like to share two of my favorite poems.
True, unbridled love
Is looking at what I just did
On the sidewalk
And then picking it up in a bag
I can only imagine as a treasured keepsake
Wow, the collection you must have by now
I don’t want to go as a ballerina
Fine, I’ll go as a ballerina
If you don’t take any photos of me
Fine, you can take one photo of me for Facebook
If I don’t have to go outside in this outfit
Fine, I’ll go outside in this outfit
If I don’t have to be embarrassed house to house
Fine, I’ll be embarrassed house to house
If I can have some of your chocolate
What do you mean dogs can’t have chocolate?
Fine, I’ll just eat the wrappers
If I can throw up in your bag
The book is divided into four chapters–Inside, Outside, By Your Side, and Heavy Thinking. In addition to all the clever poems you’ll find adorable photos. I Could Chew on This is the perfect gift for any dog lover, but just a little word of advice: If you’re buying one for a friend, go ahead and get one for yourself, too. You’ll be glad you did.