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  • Jan 2, 2010
Pros: Inexpensive picture book, teaches modes of transportation.

Cons: May not hold interest of older toddlers.

The Bottom Line:

This is a great book for a young toddler that teaches modes of transportation using simple verbiage and illustrations.

When there is a toddler around, it is critical to have books available that will not only challenge them but will also hold their interest.  From my experience, I prefer to have board books for my 27 month old toddler as she has a tendency to rip the pages out of the books that are paper.  The first page typically is an accident but she quickly realizes how fun it is to rip the rest of them out.  One of the board books that has been in our house for over a year is P.D. Eastman's Go, Dog, Go:  Book of Things That Go.  I located this book in the grocery store and paid about $5.00.  As the book size is approximately 4" x 3/4" x 6" it fits into most shelves, toy boxes or diaper bags. 

Go, Dog, Go:  Book of Things That Go was originally published in a different form as Go, Dog. Go - Beginner Books.  It was originally copyrighted in 1961 and was later renewed in 1989.  It is published by First Random House Bright & Early Board Book.

Go, Dog, Go:  Book of Things That Go is a board book made up of 21 pages featuring illustrations and a short description of what is going on in the picture.  The premise of the book is a demonstration of various forms of transportation as illustrated by a group of dogs.  The story begins with multiple dogs jumping out of a large bed and appear to be in quite a hurry.  As the story progresses, a picture depicts a mode of transportation in which the dogs are providing a visual representation of that activity.  The dogs are on a trip in order to attend a dog party that is featured on the final pages.  The modes of transportation that are featured in the story are roller skates, bike, foot, scooter, skis, blimp, boat and car.  As the story progresses, each activity is presented in one brief sentence although there are a few in which additional information about the setting or environment is provided. 

Go, Dog, Go:  Book of Things That Go contains subtle illustrations that use a minimum of color in each particular picture.  The drawings themselves are relatively simple and the activity that is being described is clearly evident.  Each illustration typically includes 2-3 dogs of varying breeds.  There are a few pictures which contain over 15 dogs.  Each page in this book has been provided with its own individual picture. 

Many of the modes of transportation are popular and can be seen on a daily basis which allows for further dialogue with the child even after the book has been put aside.  When traveling in a car, a conversation can take place with the child about how this is similar to what the book described.  As most children enjoy stories about animals, especially those that they are most familiar with, this book provides characters that they are able to connect with.

My daughter enjoys having this book read to her as well as trying to read herself.  As we go through the book, she will often point out the items she is able to recognize.  Of course, every page she needs to point out the "doggy."  This book is short and brief enough that it will be able to sustain the interest level of a young toddler.  I like the fact that I am able to take this book on the road easily and can sit on a restaurant table while we are waiting for food. 

Go, Dog, Go:  Book of Things That Go is a good book for young toddlers as it introduces simple modes of transportation at a level that can be understood.  Each illustration adds support to the definition and meaning of the activity that is being discussed on that page.  I don't anticipate that a child much older than three would be interested as there is not enough challenging aspects of the story.  Even a child just learning to read would not find enough content to hold their interest and would become bored quite quickly.  This book rather creates a stepping stone into more advanced picture book.  The rounded pages of the book as well as its overall size make it ideal for a toddler. 


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Quick Tip by . October 31, 2010
I gave both my sons a copy. Even when they discarded their other childhood books, I asked them not to toss this one. Why? It was my favorite when I grew up, and I learned how to read from it, and taught them how to read from it. The pictures, the detail, the color, the silliness-- what a fun story to recall!
Quick Tip by . August 06, 2010
Its ideal for young children, expecially boys! and playing with cars afterwords is a must
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
This book was my favorite when learning how to read simply for the pink poodle who keeps asking "do you like my hat?" and the other dogs response of "No, I do not like that hat!" Very simplistic yet humorous if you're open to it
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
One of my 2 favorites by Dr. Seuss. Love girl dog with her fancy hats and utterly indifferent boy dog. Always wanted my own treetop party!
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
I loved this book as a kid and now I read it to my daughter. She just loves it too. One of the greatest books to read with a child!
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Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Great for kids just learning to read!
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
Loved this as a kid - nice illustrations!
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
I read this book to my sister growing up and she loved it! I have also read this in my classroom. The students (kindergarten) love it.
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Many kinds of dogs in a variety of fun-filled activities. "The canine cartoons make an elementary text funny and coherent and still one of the best around".--School Library Journal. Full-color illustrations.
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ISBN-13: 978-0679886297
Author: P. D. Eastman
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Date Published: July 01, 1997
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