HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Yip! Snap! Yap!
Author and Illustrator: Charles Fuge
Publisher: Sterling, republished in 2010
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Fuge, Charles. Yip! Snap! Yap! (originally published in 2001). In this colorful picture book, a chihuahua, a bulldog, a pug, and an anvil-headed English bull invite children to make “noise and do some doggy stuff!” like “Join in with barking dog–Arf! Woof! Rruff” or “Chow down with hungry dog–Chomp! Munch! Chew” or “Curl up with sleepy dog–Hrumph! Zzzzz! Shew,” building up to the climax of “Sing along with puppy dogs: aroo! aroo! aroo!”The double-page spreads, with bright backgrounds and wonderful illustrations, that have charming, expressive faces adding life to the story, show various canines doing what they do best.
The durable pages with huge, funny, colorful pictures, and bouncy rhyming words make this a perfectly delightful book for toddlers and will certainly give it staying power with the preschool set. Die-hard dog lovers will enjoy it, and with all the howling, growling and snoring sounds that the dogs make when they are sleeping, eating, and so forth, children will encouraged to join the play in a boisterous way and add their own “sound effects.” Parents can supplement the text by talking about the different types of dogs. Other fun animal books by Fuge include This Is the Way (monkeys); My Dad! (bears); Watch Out, Little Wombat!; and I Know a Rhino. He has also illustrated many by other authors.