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Dog Biscuit
by Helen Cooper
Order:  USA  Can
Doubleday, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Helen Cooper's tale begins, 'Hungry Bridget stole a biscuit, found the biscuits in the shed.' It's a dog biscuit and she likes the taste. When Mrs. Blair catches her in the act, she warns, 'you'll go bow-wow and turn into a dog', and Bridget starts to worry.

The story evolves to reveal the power of young Bridget's imagination as she wends her way into her poochy part, while the illustrations (including funny cartoon sequences) compare reality with that crazily canine imagined world. Bridget wishes '... that she hadn't eaten that biscuit', even as she falls asleep and enters a daredevil doggy dreamworld.

When dream turns into nightmare, mum comforts Bridget and finally, in the deep of the night, hears about her daughter's doggy adventures and anxieties. Dog Biscuit is a well orchestrated tale of how an adult's careless words can ignite a child's imagination, with mixed results. It ends aptly with a child-oriented recipe for Human Being Biscuits!

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