|God Got a Dog
Contributor(s): Rylant, Cynthia, Frazee, Marla (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1442465182 ISBN-13: 9781442465183
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2013
Annotation: A Newbery Medal-winning author and a two-time Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator imagine a God who is inspired to go out and experience human things by living among us and doing the things that humans do, in this spirited and moving collection of illustrated poems.
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Novels in verse.
- God; Fiction.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Juvenile Fiction | Religious
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.25" W x 0.50" (0.65 lbs) 48 pages|
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
This abridged and somewhat revised version of God Went to Beauty School keeps the previous book's humorous yet insightful spirit intact. Sixteen of the original twenty-three poems are presented in a slightly different order; a few terms have been modernized (e.g., some He's are now She's); and a full-page illustration accompanies each poem. This is a welcome addition for contemplative readers.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 August #1)
Sixteen poems from Rylant's God Went to Beauty School (2003) return in a new collection, accompanied by new artwork from Frazee, whose graphite-and-gouache illustrations are ideally attuned to the poems' moments of irreverent humor and poignant reflection. In several images, Frazee portrays God as a child, such as the girl with spiky braids and yellow life vest riding in a swan boat in "God got a boat," or the boy sprawled out on a sofa in "God caught a cold," tissues littering the floor ("It's hard to/ thunder/ ‘Thou shalt not!'/ when it comes out/ ‘Thou shalt dot!' "). Rylant and Frazee's visions of God as a trucker delivering a fan letter to a country music singer, an ostensibly homeless woman walking through a gorgeous gothic church, and a dadlike fellow in plaid pajamas and slippers sipping coffee under an apple tree combine to form a celebration of God's humanity and mankind's divinity. Ages 10–up. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 October)
Gr 5 Up—An award-winning author and illustrator team up to create a lyrical celebration of where the divine meets the mundane, and ultimately what it means to be human. In this small book of poetry, God decides to "try out" different activities and experiences of humanity, and the results are by turns thought-provoking and inspiring. Each of the 15 poems is coupled with a quietly incandescent illustration that supports the text but doesn't overwhelm it or diminish its impact. Taken from the author's longer collection God Went to Beauty School (HarperCollins, 2003), this slimmed down, repackaged version brilliantly captures its sweetness and substance but provides a simpler progression and arc. Selections alternate pronouns for the deity, with God referred to as He or She in each poem. In "God Got Arrested," his anger "erupted like/the wrath of…/Oh, right./Never mind." While this title might be controversial and potentially inappropriate for some religious institutions, it will appeal to a wide audience of both children and adults. This is one book that's easy to pick up, but hard to put down again.—Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library[Page 112]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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