Saturday, November 2, 2013
Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you a unique book for young sports enthusiasts and pet lovers alike.
I hardly know where to start in this review of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS TOP DOGS: BABE RUFF AND THE LEGENDARY CANINES OF SPORTS by John Ueland. This book is unlike any sports book that I've ever seen. While the 64 page full-color book does include loads of interesting sports facts, it also is filled with funny and punny dog references.
And by punny, I mean punny! For example, the Great Air Jor-Dane is about none other than basketball star Michael Jordan. And the author/illustrator Ueland even took a photo of Jordan and superimposed a Great Dane face over his. The book also lists the All-Time Best Mushers (read that as Rushers!) which includes Bury Sanders, Jerome Bett-sniff, Walterrier Payton, and my favorite Franco Hairless.
I admit that I find TOP DOGS to be a little corny, but Booking Son absolutely loved this book. I think he read every single dog reference to me and giggled the entire time. He loved it when he "got" the dog reference, and he translated just in case I didn't "get" it. He especially loved the photograph of the dog Tebowing or should I say Te-Bow-Wowing, and he even commented that it's one of the best books he's ever read!
Despite the huge amount of dog puns, I still thought TOP DOGS was an adorable book. And even though I'm not the biggest dog lover (I like them, but I'm not crazy about them if that makes sense!), I loved the photographs of the dog-athletes! Every single page makes me smile!
TOP DOGS is obviously a special book in our household and I think all young sports enthusiasts will get a kick out of it. Highly recommended for dog lovers and sports fans!
Thanks to Goodman Media International, Inc. for providing a review copy of this book.
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