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The dog who had kittens /

Baxter the Basset Hound comes to the aid of some kittens when their mother disappears one afternoon. Full description

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Other Authors: Stevens, Janet,
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Holiday House, 1991
Edition: First edition.
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When Eloise has kittens, Baxter the Basset Hound feels ignored. He is miserable until he meets the kittens for the very first time. They snuggle up to his warm body. They massage him with their paws. They pull gently at his legs and neck. Suddenly Baxter is happier than he has even been in his life.

Review by Booklist Review

Ages 3-7. From his wrinkly brow and rheumy red eyes to the fat pink pads on the bottom of his feet, Baxter the basset hound makes an appealing star for Robertus' happy story. Exiled to the garage when the cat Eloise has seven kittens, Baxter determines to see what all the fuss is about. Poking his snout in the midst of the litter, he's surprised to find that the kittens are actually quite cute and not the least bit intimidating. Thoroughly charmed, he becomes their surrogate parent. They, in turn, "seemed to think of his nose, tail, and especially his long, dangling ears, as a kitten playground." Imagine his grief when he returns home from a wonderful walk to discover they've been sent to other homes. Who will share the big, empty box with him now that they're gone? Eloise? Though Stevens ~is less adept at capturing cats and kittens than she is at depicting rumpled Baxter, her drawings are quick and bright, and she ably evokes all the humor Robertus sets up in confrontations between Baxter and his feline foe turned friend. An amusing combination of text and art, especially appealing for children who know and love dogs. ~--Stephanie Zvirin

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Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-- It was bad enough having Eloise the cat around. Now Baxter, an endearingly woeful bassett hound, must compete for attention with her seven brand-new kittens. Ignored and banished to the garage, he is naturally curious about the babies. When he finally finds them, hungry and helpless, temporarily abandoned by their mother, Baxter is furious. In an engaging role reversal, he becomes the babysitter during Eloise's frequent absences. Stevens's watercolor and charcoal drawings are delightfully expressive in their depiction of Baxter and the kittens, showing the world from the dog's-eye view. The story, which first appeared in Cricket magazine, is fairly long and often descriptive, but the unusual situation and large pictures should sustain the attention of older preschoolers and will definitely appeal to primary-grade children. --Ruth Smith, Chicago Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Polly M. Robertus lives in Austin, Texas, with her three children. The Dog Who Had Kittens is her first children's book, but she has had several stories published in Cricket, the Magazine for Children.

Janet Stevens's books have won many awards, including a Caldecott Honor. Her books have been named American Library Association Notable Books. She is the illustrator of the popular Anansi books written by Eric A. Kimmel. Janet lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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