Summer Review Medley: My Many Colored Days, A Day A Dog, You Can’t See a Dodo at the Zoo

School’s out and we’d rather be outside. While that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped reading, it does mean I don’t want to spend a lot of time reviewing. Naturally, I feel guilty about that, so I’m going to experiment with giving you three quick hits on books (and music) that we’ve enjoyed over the years, rather than one long review.

My Many Colored Days
By Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1996

A wonderful way to begin to approach the subject of emotions.

A Day, A Dog
By Gabrielle Vincent
Front Street, 1995

Heralded by the late Maurice Sendak as “an entirely unique work of art,” Gabrielle Vincent’s A Day, A Dog tells the tale of a rather tragic day in the life of an abandoned dog entirely through pencil sketches. Although there are no words to create a barrier for the pre-reader, it’s probably best to reserve this one for older kids or enjoy it yourself. The pencil sketches are amazing.

You Can’t See a Dodo at the Zoo
By Fred Erhlich
Blue Apple, 2011 (first published 2005)

The Five-Year-Old enjoyed this book more than I did. I was put off by the illustrations and Comic Sans-like font. But she didn’t mind those and focused on the content, soaking up everything Ehrlich would tell her about the various animals and why they are either endangered or extinct. And that’s something this book is really rather good at.


About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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