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Dogs' Night Paperback – 25 Sep 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New Ed edition (25 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845076885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845076887
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The action is fast moving and children will become quickly involved in the humour of the story… the illustrations are as comical as the tale itself. (School Library Journal)

A gentle introduction to paintings for five to seven year olds who will enjoy finding out what mayhem and consternation ensue when the dogs in the picture take a midnight holiday - and return in the morning to the wrong paintings. (Times)

Get to know Meredith Hooper as both a storyteller and a master of non-fiction picture books for the very young - a rare combination. A perfect introduction to museum visits (and an ideal souvenir to return home to) - and great fun. (The Ultimate First Book Guide)

About the Author

Meredith Hooper was born in Australia. An Antarctic specialist, she has made several research trips to the continent. In 2000 she was awarded the Antarctica Medal by the US Congress. Her books for Frances Lincoln include The Pebble in my Pocket, which is the only children's book ever to be shortlisted for the Dingle History of Science Book Award.

Allan Curless was a political cartoonist for 16 years, working mostly for the Sunday Times. His first children's book, Cat's Song with Andrew Matthews, was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award and the Smarties Prize in 1994. He died in 1997.

Mark Burgess has written and illustrated over 40 books and illustrated a further 40 by other authors. He lives in Taunton, Somerset.

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We enjoy this story very much - lots to look at in the pictures, and a clever story set in the National Gallery in London (and the dogs in the paintings there). I read it with my 3 and 5 year olds before we went to a local art gallery, and I'm looking forward to visiting the National Gallery at some point where we can look for the actual paintings that feature in this book.
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This is a wonderful picture book where all the dogs from great works of art in a gallery come out of the paintings one night for their annual evening of chasing, exploring, guzzling and partying. Some dogs, however, return to the wrong pictures which is a mystery for the art world, and a smashing humorous introduction to art and art galleries for the 3-7s. This is a lovely story with great illustrations that include pictures of real masterpieces and I thoroughly recommend it.
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What a fun book as the dogs party in the gallery and get in a muddle. I hope the children will recognise the paintings at some future date.
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HASH(0x91ad1930) out of 5 stars Dogs and More Dogs! 6 Dec. 2000
By Vickie Bowman - Published on
Format: Library Binding
With 7 grandchildren, I'm always on the look out for suitable reading matter for them. Today I found a really nice book for the age group 5 to 9yrs. Dogs' Night by Meredith Hooper, fits all the requirements.
The story is set in an art museum : One night of the year, all the dogs in the paintings, jump down and have a high old time, running riot in the museum, when the staff and the public have left. This time things were just a little different! The museum hosted an art lovers function and the dogs had to wait until it was over, before they could escape their paintings and have a good time doing the things dogs do. The humans hadn't cleared away the left overs, so the dogs ate, and drank *fizzy drinks*. When it was time for them to go back into their pictures, 4 of them ended up in the wrong ones! The dog from Jan van Eyck's Painting *The Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife, Giovnna Cenami* a cute hairy little beast, ends up in Gainsborough's *Mr & Mrs.Andrews. Their dog, a brown hunting dog with a white muzzle, goes to visit *Madame de Pompadour* by Francois-Hubert Drouais. Her cute little black dog with a wavy tail, finds itself down by the river in *Bathers at Asnieres* by Georges-Pierre Seurat! So...that leaves the red dog with the floppy ears from the Bathers, in the bedroom of the Arnolfini family!
Their mistake is discovered first by a little girl and then by the public. At first the Gallery staff think there is a theft, but realize that the paintings are the originals, with some very odd changes made. The media and the general public flock to the Gallery and it becomes the most popular one in the world.
A year's Dogs' Night again. All the dogs in the Gallery paintings leave their pictures and run around madly doing dog things, but this time there is no *fizzy drink* to muddle them up. When it's time to climb back into the pictures, they all manage to end up in their original paintings. No one knows how it's happened...except the Dogs!
I thoroughly recommend this little book. The story is clever and well told in easy language. The illustrations are enchanting.Reproductions of the original art work have been used with permission from the National Gallery in London. It's a nice way to get kids interested in Art, even if it is looking to find the *dog* in the picture.
I'd give it a 5! Oh...and my *soon to be 5* granddaughter will have it under the tree waiting for her Christmas morning!
Vickie Bowman..Callahan's Saloon at
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HASH(0x91ad1984) out of 5 stars Great Story Line that Isn't the Same Old Thing 1 Feb. 2004
By Claire Wadlington - Published on
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
The dogs come out of the paintings in the museum one night a year for a party. One year the remnants of a human cocktail party lead them to eat too much food and wine, and when it is time to crawl back into their paintings for another year there is a grand mixup. The paintings are real ones from the National Gallery in London. Great book. We loved it!
HASH(0x91ad1c60) out of 5 stars In On The Joke 26 Aug. 2006
By Ellen Kahaner - Published on
Format: Paperback
There are so few kids books that make both the parent and child feel the wink of knowing what is going on while characters in the story do not. This is one of those rare rare books that succeeds on so many levels - the story unfolds visually and in the text as you gather what is going on. You aren't told - the dogs jump out of the paintings. You infer it. You aren't told the dogs re-enter the wrong paintings. You see it as various museum patrons react to the strangeness of paintings they thought they knew. And how wonderful is it to introduce grand masterpieces to kids in a way that is so much fun! My daughter loved this book, insisted we go to the art museum afterward and find dogs in other paintings. She imagined what would happen if other animals jumped off paintings and secretly partied after hours in the museum. 'Cats night out' 'Horses Night Out', etc. Run and get this book. You will be delighted.
HASH(0x929b01a4) out of 5 stars Not just for dog- or art-lovers.... 29 July 2007
By R. Greenwood - Published on
Format: Paperback
What a great story - dogs from actual paintings in the National Gallery in London having one night a year, "special night out" to run around free in the Gallery.....and then get mixed up and go back in the wrong paintings. My kids LOVE this book - it sets their minds racing! And hey, next time you're in London, why not take your kids to check out the paintings? (And see if the dogs are back where they belong!) This is a fantastic book... everyone (not just dog-lovers and lovers of art)will enjoy it.
HASH(0x929b01bc) out of 5 stars Take this to the National Gallery in London 23 Aug. 2008
By Anukriti Hittle - Published on
Format: Paperback
We took this to the National Gallery when we took out kids there for the first time (they were 6 and 9) on our first big European trip. We asked for the specific location of the four paintings mentioned in the book, and went looking for them. It was great! The children loved spotting them, and we loved looking at everything else (a bit too fast for my liking but hey at least we got to see them!) on the way.
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