If You Give a Dog a Donut

Laura Numeroff
Balzer + Bray (2011)
ISBN 9780060266837

Reviewed by Eli Lugo (age 5) and Mom for Reader Views (11/11)

The book is called “If You Give a Dog a Donut.” It’s about a dog eating a donut.  He wants some apple juice but there is none left so he goes outside to get his own apple juice. He sees the apple in the tree and that makes him think of baseball. When he hits a home run he does a happy dance but then he gets really hot and sweaty so he gets into some water.  He also plays like a pirate and flies a kite.  At the end he wants some apple juice again and a donut to eat with it. 


“It was easy to read. The drawings were cool.  My favorite drawing was when he had a donut.  I like the book and I think other kids would probably like it.” 


“If You Give a Dog a Donut” was a pleasure to read with my 5-year-old son.  It follows the same syncopated sentence rhythms found in the other “If You Give” series. The repetition of “If you give...then he’ll...” throughout the book reinforces prediction skills.  If any words are challenging for a child to say, the illustrations pair beautifully with the text and can be used as a reference for those challenging words. The reading level presented in the book is appropriate for the Pre-K/Kindergarten set and should be easy to read, especially if the child is familiar with the series.


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