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A children's masterpiece as simple, and complex, as a haiku
am 11. April 2000
I was well into my 30s before I realized that this was not aDr. Seuss books. Given that it's issued in the same size and binding,I'd always assumed it was written by Seuss. My realization that it was written and illustrated by P.D. Eastman cleared one of my largest childhood confusions: I *loved* Go Dog Do, and merely *liked* The Cat in the Hat.
Years later I realize that Eastman's art is funny, while Seuss's is fantastic, and I prefer the former to the latter. As another reviewer mentioned, you can stare at these dogs for a long, long time. There's an incredible depth to their expressions and postures - especially surprising given the seemingly simple illustrations. (And yes, the insomniac dog who sleeps through the next morning's revile is one of my favorites, too. But so are the dogs having a party on a boat!)
The repetitive narration is similarly hypnotic, and you'll quickly find some of the expressions creeping into your every day dialog.
All in all, my very favorite childhood book, and one of the few that I still re-read a few times a year. END