We love books! #6 - Oi Dog!

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Oi dog, get off the frog!

Emma already knows the first line of this book off by heart.  It's one of several she was sent for Christmas from my parents and is already one of her favourites.

Oi Dog!by Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers as well as slightly older kids.  Jim Field's illustrations are funny and appealing and we love the absurd humour of animals having to sit on things that rhyme with their names.  Emma seems to think the dog's name is Oi Dog, which is rather cute!

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This is a follow up to Oi Frog! which we haven't read, but I imagine that someone sets out the "rules" that frogs have to sit on logs, dogs sit on frogs and cats sit on mats.  In Oi Dog!, the frog has had enough of being sat on and changes the rules for everyone.  The last page is a great punchline where the frog reveals what frogs will sit on - can you guess? (Clue: it doesn't rhyme!)

So many different creatures make an appearance in this book, even quite obscure ones - how about gnats, gnus, boars and hornets?  And I would never have thought to rhyme cheetahs with fajitas!

Some of these animals get a bit of a raw deal, too; we have fun sympathising with the elephants, having to sit on a pile of smelly pants while skunks sit on their trunks!  Then there's the plight of the whales... rather uncomfortable, to say the least.  The frog's merciless retort of "They don't have to like it, they just have to do it" sounds like the downtrodden underdog (underfrog?) who turns the tables and is now taking out his revenge on the rest of the animals.

Anyway, Oi Dog!is great fun and provides learning opportunities too, from animal names to the possibilities of rhyme.  It also serves as a starting point for some funny and ridiculous conversations, which are the best kind, as far as I'm concerned.

Have you read this book, or its prequel?  If so, what do you think of it?  I'd love to hear your opinions in the comments below!

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  1. You had me on cheetahs and fajitas! Looks like a riot! #KCACOLS

  2. funny and ridiculous conversations are the best kind yes! weve been making up stories involving where weve been in the day and it's hilarious what we all come out with! #KCACOLS

  3. Oh no. We like the parrot! The parrot must survive for your blog to thrive! If parrot takes flight you'll never get it right! We could go on... love the post, very positive xx

  4. If nothing else I love the titles of Oi Dog! #kcacols

  5. I am in hysterics at the title...but that really is perfect for small children. Such good sounds. I love finding out about new books, I had never heard of this one before! I stuck to so many of the classics when my son was smaller I think I need to broaden my scope! Fab post, thank you for linking to #KCACOLS We hope to see you next Sunday xx

  6. I love this book! Was one of my favourites of last year! Cheetahs on fajitas gets me every time! Great review #KLTR

  7. We'll be keeping an eye out for this one. I'm yet to find a cheetah on my fajita - but I'll be on the look out ;) #KLTR xx

  8. We love Oi frog and this one sounds just as good. #KLTR

  9. Oh I am going to look out for this one and add it to our wanted list as it looks fun! Thank you for sharing 🌟 #KLTR

  10. We've not read this book, but it certainly looks like fun :) Thanks for linking up to #kltr

  11. Love it! Did you see Oi Cat is coming out later in the year? #KLTR

  12. I love learning of books I had never heard of, thanks for linking up to #KLTR.

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