Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Recommended Grades: Pre-K-3
My eight year old, Chloe, and I were very excited to receive I’m My Own Dog, the new book from David Ezra Stein (Caldecott Honor Winner for Interrupting Chicken). As dog owners we were doubly excited!
I’m My Own Dog is an adorable book about a dog whom no one owns. He is his own dog, he fetches his own slippers and gives himself a good scratch, he certainly doesn’t need an owner. Until one day he lets someone scratch that one spot in the middle of his back. . .
As the last stop on his blog tour, David Ezra Stein stopped by Literacy Toolbox to answer “Five Questions with. . . “ After reading I’m My Own Dog, Chloe wrote the questions, and was so excited to receive answers back from David. Here is her interview below:
What encouraged/inspired you to write and illustrate I’m My Own Dog?
Hi Dawn! Hi Chloe! I guess I was interested in exploring how we as people like to be alone and in control of our lives, but we also need someone special, like a friend, to make life worth living. The dog is a perfect character to do this with, since dogs almost always have a person around. But not this dog! Not at first, anyway.
How long did it take you to write and illustrate I’m My Own Dog?
10 minutes to do the original drawing that it was based on, of a dog walking himself. Then a year passed. Then about 20 minutes to jot down the voice of the dog when I started to hear it in my head. Then about 2 years passed. Then two or three months to work out the whole story and the rough picture ideas. Then two months to figure out what the dog would look like, and what technique to use for the final art. Then about a month and a half to do the final art. I would add all that up, but my paws don’t have enough fingers.
What gave you the idea to write a book from a dog’s point of view?
As I mentioned, a dog is the perfect character to use when writing a story about independence and friendship. But really, I wrote it that way because it was the dog’s voice that began telling me the story.
At what age did you begin writing and illustrating?
I’ve been making up stories since before I could write. I used to tell them to my sister and also record them in a tape recorder. I don’t know when I started drawing, probably age 2 or earlier.
Who were your favorite authors and illustrators when you were growing up? How did they inspire you?
Some of my favorite authors: Dr. Seuss, Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper, Sesame Street writers, Madeleine L’Engle, J. R. R. Tolkien, Richard Adams. Some of my favorite artists (Many are also favorite writers): Herge (Tintin), Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Persian-miniature painters, Charles Schultz (Peanuts), Robert McCloskey, Richard Scarry, Arnold Lobel, James Marshall, Ernest Shephard (Winnie the Pooh).
Thank you so much David for stopping by Literacy Toolbox! And thank you to Candlewick Press for this opportunity!
Please check out the other blogs that were part of this blog tour and see what David had to share with them:
- 11/3/2014 Smart Books for Smart Kids
- 11/4/2014 Read Now, Sleep Later
- 11/5/2014 Cracking the Cover
- 11/6/2014 Elizabeth Dulemba’s blog
- 11/7/2014 The Fourth Musketeer
- 11/8/2014 Picture Book Palooza
- 11/9/2014 Randomly Reading
- 11/10/2014 Children’s Corner
- 11/11/2014 Flowering Minds
- 11/12/2014 Teach Mentor Texts
- 11/13/2014 KidLit Frenzy
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.
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