Today's book is...
My Big Dog
Author: Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
Illustrator: Janet Stevens
Publisher: Golden Books Publishing
Word Count: 724
Summary: This story is about a lovable golden retriever puppy who moves into Merl the Cat's peaceful home and upsets his daily routine.
This book is filled with patterns (and a bit of fun word play). I'll share both. Aren't I nice? Let's get started, shall we?
Notice the repetition of MY.
Inside my house, my PUR-R-R-R-fect house, everything is MINE!Spread 2:
MY DISH, MY SOFA, MY CHAIR, MY MOUSE, MY BED
Repetition of word play. Repetition is a way to implement patterns.
YAWN. Ah-h-h-h, so quiet, so nice, so peaceful, so PURR-R-R-R-fect.Spread 3:
CRASH. THUD. WOOF. YIP. YIP. YIP.
Repetition of three's.
Those are puppy noises! A puppy's in my house. A wiggly, noisy, slurpy, clumsy puppy!Spread 4:
...talking to it in cutesy, smootsey, lovey-dovey baby voices.
...under the bed. On top of the desk. Inside a drawer.Spread 5:
PANT. PANT. SLURP.
The pattern of three's continues.
PANT. PANT. SLURP.Spread 6:
...outside. Down the walk. Across the street.
PANT. PANT. SLURP.Spread 7:
Each week, it gets bigger...and bigger...And BIGGER.Spread 8:
Cat decides to leave home. Sees a nice lady.
Lady not so nice.
SPLASH. WHIRR. POOF.Spread 11:
Sees a CAT WANTED sign. (for a mouser)
SLAM. SWAT. THUD. (Cat wants to be an inside cat.)Spread 12:
Finds a third person to try to be with.
Now just because I'm quoting the repetitious parts here, doesn't mean it wasn't written exactly so. (I've inserted words here to show you where there are words.)
I'm a mess. (I can adverb verb.) I'm sore. [And] I'm very tired.Spread 14:
(Oh, word. It's verbing. How I verb verbing adjective.)
MEOW. MEOW. MEOW.
PANT. PANT. SLURP.Spread 15:
It misses me. It needs me. It likes me.And then a partial repeat of spread 1 with my dish, my sofa, etc.
Final Half Spread:
You gotta read the book! (but no patterns...)
Can you use (or add) any patterns of three to your stories? A simple list of three items can be nice once or twice, but overuse gets boring. See spread 13. (Need more? Buy the book! If you love, love, LOVE cats AND dogs, then this book just might be for you.)
How many cats and dogs do you own? You can go all out and give names and species.
I have zero cats and one dog. She's a Treeing Walker Coon Hound. Her name is Cocoa and she has three legs. But I won't get into that. Keep on keepin' on...