Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Motor Dog by Kurt Cyrus+ David Gordan {A Children's Book Review}


I love children's books.  Teaching preschool children we read all of the time and finding something new and fun the kids will love and learn from is always an A+.  I received a copy of Motor Dog by Kurt Cyrus + David Gordon to write an honest review.  When it arrived I  couldn't wait to open it up and flip through the pages to see what I thought the children would think. As I turned the pages I thought to myself "they are going to like this one".



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Motor Dog was created for an audience of 3-5 year olds.  It's a perfect fit for our preschool class.  The bright and cheery photos are illustrated by David Gordon.  They are great at showing action and movement as Motor Dog scoots through the pages.

The story is about a boy who orders a robot dog.  Right away he takes his new robot dog out for a walk only to run into Scoot the Cat.  Motor Dog does what any dog would do and a chase unfolds across the pages.  I love the fun use of action words like zip and zing and so many more. This book offers a variety of vocabulary great for teaching and talking about as you read along with the children. I would have rated this book a 5 however, I did feel like there were a few places I stumbled in reading allowed at. I think it could have flowed just a little more easily.   The children really have enjoyed it requesting it more than once so that makes it a winner in my book.

More About the Book :

Motor Dog
By Kurt Cyrus
Illustrated by David Gordon
On Sale: 2/25/14
Age: 3–5
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 1423168224

This one's a tale of a boy and his robotic best (canine) friend. When Scoot the Cat comes on the scene, Motor Dog does what any normal dog would do: gives chase! Our boy Flip does everything he can to call him off, but no commands—verbal or electronic—can stop his new dog. When Flip runs after his malfunctioning pet, things go haywire! Will Motor Dog come through when Flip's in danger?

Merging Kurt Cyrus' dynamic poetry with David Gordon's stellar art makes for a wham-bam combination of fast-paced peril and classic storytelling that begs to be read again and again.

Kurt Cyrus has illustrated numerous picture books, including Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly by Anne Bustard, Mammoths on the Move by Lisa Wheeler, and his ownThe Voyage of Turtle Rex and Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water. He is also the author of Your Skeleton Is Showing, illustrated by Crab Scrambly. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Visit him at www.kurtcyrus.com.

David Gordon (www.illustrationranch.com) is an author and illustrator, and has also done concept work for Pixar’s Toy Story and Toy Story 2A Bug’s LifeMonsters, Inc.; and Cars, as well as the hit Nickelodeon cartoon show SpongeBob SquarePants. He helped design the characters in BlueSky’s feature film Robots. David Gordon lives in New York City, where he continues to create stories for children.


"Living at the Whiteheads Zoo was provided with a complimentary copy of Motor Dog for reviewing purposes. Even so all opinions shared are our honest thoughts . This post may also contain affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase I will receive compensation thanks."