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Sit, Truman / Dan Harper ; illustrated by Barry Moser & Cara Moser.

Harper, Dan, 1963- (Author).
Book Book (2001.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.
3 of 4 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Danvers Children's Picture Books JJ / Harper / Dogs (Text to Phone) Available -
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Phillips OWHL Children's Collection - Age 0-3 Children's Collection H232S (Text to Phone) Checked out 06/18/2018
Salem State ERA Education Resource Area Educ. Res. PS 3558 .A6244 S5 2001 (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 0152026169 (lib. bdg.)
  • ISBN: 9780152026165 (lib. bdg.)
Summary: A busy day in the life of Truman the dog includes walks, play time, and a little dog named Oscar.
Subject: Dogs > Fiction.
Dogs > Fiction.
Genre: Picture books.
Authors: Moser, Barry, (ill.). Moser, Cara, (ill.).
Citation: Harper, Dan. "Sit, Truman." San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 September 2001
    /*Starred Review*/ Ages 2-4. Trying to persuade Truman the mastiff that the toilet is not his drinking bowl and that the hamburger within reach on the table is not his lunch are part of the daily routine of Truman's unnamed (and never seen in full) owner. The Mosers' adoration of dogs is evident in their uncluttered, totally delightful watercolors that catch the every bit of humor as the gentle, slobbery canine giant tries to fit into fellow dog Oscar's tiny bed, peers effortlessly into the family's rural mailbox, and leads his master and Oscar on a walk. Even Truman's characteristic and incessant drooling is treated with affectionate exasperation. Harper's crisp, bare-bone text, in extra-large type, expresses the simple commands and statements Truman hears (and ignores) as he goes about his doggie day. The final illustration joyfully epitomizes the satisfaction young dog lovers will derive from this authentic, lovingly depicted day with Truman: Truman and Oscar snooze together on Truman's large, roomy bed: "Good boy, Truman." ((Reviewed September 15, 2001)) Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2001 August #3
    One of the most engaging pooches to hit picture books since Alexandra Day's Carl, the mastiff Truman is one big bundle of affection and drool. The compelling cover (an irresistibly expressive head shot) makes it clear that Truman is no ordinary pup, while the opening scene confirms it: "Truman, sit!" accompanies an illustration of the humongous pooch attempting to shake paws instead. The trio that engineered Telling Time with Big Mama Cat quickly sets the stage for entertainment with such props as a "Super Slobber" water bowl and drool rags. Whether poking his head into the mailbox ("Sorry, Truman, nothing for you") or standing guiltily next to a toilet ("Truman, that is not your water bowl"), it's abundantly evident that Truman is a handful. Equally fetching is Truman's tiny companion pup, Oscar, who adds comic relief in the form of contrast (such as the giant hero's bemused attempt to fit into Oscar's bed). Harper's wry, minimal text plays straight man to the father-daughter Moser team's illustrations, a series of exquisitely pellucid watercolors that wring every ounce of humor (and moisture) from Truman and his exploits. This winning tale should enthrall a wide range of ages, from (human) lap-sitters to canine-crazy adults. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2001 October
    PreS-Gr 2-Harper's minimal text and the Mosers' watercolor paintings are perfectly paired. Slobbery canine Truman is both exasperating and lovable. A number of exclamations and commands are aimed at this very large and rambunctious pet. The line, "Truman, that is not your water bowl" is illustrated by a picture of the dog drooling over the toilet, and will have young children laughing or cringing. "Oscar is not a toy" accompanies an illustration of the huge creature clutching his tiny canine companion in his paws. On another page, a young girl desperately holds her ice-cream cone above her head as the dog's master exhorts, "No snacks today, Truman." The ubiquitous drool rags and Truman's overwhelming frame emphasize the demands and joys of owning a large dog. The absence of the owner's shoulders and face from the paintings and the neutral background colors in the full-page artwork suggest that those who do own such a pet should be prepared to have their houses, and perhaps even their lives, taken over. Readers who enjoy Alexandra Day's "Carl" books (Farrar) will be pleased to find another irresistible canine in the same class. A delight to share with children.-Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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