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The Dog Child
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The Dog Child
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Have you ever met people who think their dog is sooo wonderful? They talk about little Princess or Fido ALL the time. You wonder if they secretly think their dog is...a kid! Well, if you think they're weird, you haven't met Mr. and Mrs. McVitie. The McVities love their dog Judy so much, they long ago forgot that she's not human. They let her sleep between them in the bed, they sew little outfits for her, they take her photo at every opportunity. One day, they dress her up and send her to kindergarten. The McVities even have a birthday party for Judy and invite all the kids and their parents. Are the McVities out of their minds? the parents wonder. Do these people think this dog is a kid? At the party, they soon find out exactly what the McVities think—and it's even worse than they imagined: the McVities want Judy to blow out the candles! Judy saves the day with a birthday wish that changes their lives forever, and finally helps the McVities face reality. (Well, sort of).

Simon Black teaches in the English department at Cal State LA. He is currently a writer on the animated show Chico and Guapo, which debuts in October on MTV2 and features two Latino characters trying to make it in the music business. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two kids and dog named Judy.

Mexican artist Honorio Robledo illustrated El Cucuy, Nico Visits the Moon, and Super Cilantro Girl.

Have you ever met people who think their dog is sooo wonderful? They talk about little Princess or Fido ALL the time. You wonder if they secretly think their dog is...a kid! Well, if you think they're weird, you haven't met Mr. and Mrs. McVitie. The McVities love their dog Judy so much, they long ago forgot that she's not human. They let her sleep between them in the bed, they sew little outfits for her, they take her photo at every opportunity. One day, they dress her up and send her to kindergarten. The McVities even have a birthday party for Judy and invite all the kids and their parents. Are the McVities out of their minds? the parents wonder. Do these people think this dog is a kid? At the party, they soon find out exactly what the McVities think—and it's even worse than they imagined: the McVities want Judy to blow out the candles! Judy saves the day with a birthday wish that changes their lives forever, and finally helps the McVities face reality. (Well, sort of).

Simon Black teaches in the English department at Cal State LA. He is currently a writer on the animated show Chico and Guapo, which debuts in October on MTV2 and features two Latino characters trying to make it in the music business. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two kids and dog named Judy.

Mexican artist Honorio Robledo illustrated El Cucuy, Nico Visits the Moon, and Super Cilantro Girl.

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  • Simon Black teaches in the English Department at Cal State LA. He is a writer on the animated show Chico and Guapo, which debuts in October on MTV2. He has published two novels—Me and Kev, and The Book of Frank—the latter was made into a short movie starring John C. Reilly. He lives in LA with his wife, two kids and dog named Judy. Artist and musician Honorio Robledo has done two books with Cinco Puntos: El Cucuy and Nico Visits the Moon, and a book with Children's Book Press. He and his wife Luana recently moved to Mexico so their children could grow up barefoot.

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    December 1, 2006
    K-Gr 2-During the five years that the McVities have owned Judy, theyve lost sight of the fact that she is a canine. They feed her human food, dress her in clothes, and send her to kindergarten. This leads to difficultiesthe pup wants to please her parents, but she feels best when she is being treated like a dog by others in the community. At her sixth birthday party, adults try to tell the couple the truth about their child, whose secret wish for them is fulfilled nine months later. The cartoonish illustrations have lots of vibrant color. Judys feelings show on her faceher big, contented grin is one of the best parts of the book. However, whether children would find Judys plight humorous or would understand why her parents are so obsessed with making her a child is unclear."Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ"

    Copyright 2006 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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