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Art Dog

by Thacher Hurd

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by HarperCollins (2004-01-06)

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Oh, no! Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art and the police don't even realize that they are barking up the wrong tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it's up to Art Dog, the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a Brushmobile, and he's off––on a wild and funny chase to capture the dastardly crooks. With the same deft touches of high-spirited fun and adventure that have made Mystery on the Docks and Mama Don't Allow (both Reading Rainbow Featured Selections) such perennially popular stories, Thacher Hurd serves up a new action-packed tale that will delight young readers.


1996 ‘Pick of the Lists' (ABA)
Children's Choices for 1997 (IRA/CBC)
1998 Red Clover Book Award (VT)



Book Details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: 12/17/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Reading Level: Age 4 and Up

One Potato Review

Light-hearted and splashy, here’s an important reminder of all of the things that people might be when we’re not looking. That this modest security guard at the Dogopolis Museum can only indulge his considerable flamboyance under cover of night - with wall-size compositions verging on graffiti - might be saying something also about the sort of artistic temperament that depends on a society that tells it to stop. The authorities here are predictably ineffectual, still what would we do without somewhere to grouse: “Hey, why don’t you go after the real bad guys for a change?”   

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