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You’re My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People

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Yaz is my dog and I’m his dawg.

From the publisher:

Inside You’re My Dawg, Dog you’ll find 146 dog terms, idioms, proverbs and metaphors explained for people. On a single page you will find quotes from Shakespeare and Rihanna, Pre-Socratic philosophers, Black Sabbath and the NASDAQ.

My Review:

You’re My Dawg, Dog is a fascinating and informative book. I learned that “dog days of summer” originated from the rising of Sirius (the dog star) at the hot part of summer and that “dog shelf” is the floor. There were many words and phrases that I was familiar with and some whose meanings and origins I knew. There were lots of others that I had never even heard of and found very fun to discover. My new favorite phrase is “blowing dogs off chains.” Want to know what it means? It’s in the book!

Although it was easy to read through in a sitting, it also has a handy alphabetical index in the back. That way, if the reader has a phrase they want to look up later, they can find exactly where it is. The book also has fun illustrations to go along with several of the terms.

Recommended for:

Dog lovers, linguistics enthusiasts.

About the Author:

Donald Friedman is the author of the award-winning novel The Hand Before the Eye and the internationally praised and translated The Writer’s  Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers.

About the Illustrator:

J.C. Suares has designed, written, and illustrated more than one hundred books, including The Hollywood Dictionary, Art of the Times, Manhattan, Dogs in Love, Black and White Dogs, Hollywood Dogs, Fat Cats, Cool Mutts, Funny Dogs, and Funny Babies. His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, and Variety.

Title: You’re My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People

Author: Donald Friedman

Illustrator: J.C. Suares

Publisher: Welcome Books

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Hardcover: 94 pages

ISBN: 978-1-59962-123-4

Rating: 4 Paws

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