My Dog Thinks I’m a Genius by Harriet Ziefert


Title:  My Dog Thinks I’m a Genius

Author:  Harriet Ziefert
Illustrator: Barroux
Format:  Hardcover
Publisher: Blue Apple Books
Pages:  40
ISBN:   978-1609050597
Source:  Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre:   Juvenile Fiction, Ages 4 to 8
Stars: 5
Purchase Now:  Amazon

About the Book:

Louie loves watching his young master paint, and when the boy puts his finishing touches on a particularly good self-portrait, Louie barks enthusiastically. One day, when the boy is at school, Louie tries his own paw at painting a still life. Is this purely an accident, or is Louie a “genius,” just like his master?

Book Review / Impressions:

I am a huge proponent of books that both teach and entertain – and My Dog Thinks I’m a Genius does just that.  With the decrease in art education, children are not provided as many opportunities to be exposed to masters and the joy that can be had in art.  The illustrations are lovely, bright splashes of color that bring a walk through a modern art museum feel.

The inclusion of the Cezanne and the use of similar tones and colors throughout the story, as well as a short biography of the painter are genius inclusions that tie the work together beautifully.  As does Louie’s step-by-step explanation of his painting process.  Both story and illustrations make this a book that kids will enjoy as they create their own works of genius.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


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