"Tiny the Snow Dog"

Tiny the Snow Dog (Puffin Easy-to-Read, Level 1)


Book: Tiny the Snow Dog

Author: Cari Meister 

Illustrator: Rich Davis

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers, reissued in 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0613644266 (hardcover)

ISBN-10: 0613644263 (hardcover)

ISBN-13: 978-0140567083 (paperback)

ISBN-10: 0140567089 (paperback)

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 5 and up

Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Meister, Cari. Tiny the Snow Dog (republished in 2001 by Penguin Young Readers, a division of Viking).  In this Puffin Easy-to-Read, Level 1 paperback, Tiny, a giant dog who is anything but tiny, and his best friend, a little boy, love winter and the best thing about winter, which is frolicking in the snow. One day, they head out wearing their new hats with sled in tow for a day of play, and Tiny becomes a snow dog.  Tiny’s owner throws a snowball, and Tiny runs to catch it. Tiny runs and runs until his friend can’t see him anymore. Where is Tiny? He is missing!  Can you find him?  Now the hide and seek begins.  The little boy looks everywhere, and the reader gets to find little smidges of Tiny that are showing on the page.  What is that sound? Is it a snow monster crunching through the snow, or is it just Tiny?  Tiny eventually shows up with a great big slurp, and the two head home to warm cocoa.

     Fans of the earlier “Tiny” books will welcome this new story, but it also stands quite well on its own. It is a great book to discuss sequencing.  One line of very basic text per page with short sentences and limited, mostly monosyllabic, repetitive vocabulary makes this a good choice for very early readers.  The double-spread watercolor artwork with its bright, thickly brushed pictures is bright and appealing and will help youngsters puzzle out the text, while providing most of the humor.  One reviewer complained that “the plot is about a dog who purposefully worries and then scares his owner” and said of such  pranks, “I would rather not expose my small child to them.”   However, we just saw this as a game of hide and seek, and most people will find that the reassuring presence of this oversized Clifford-like dog lends a warmth and feeling of togetherness.  Children look forward to his next adventure.  Other books in the series include Tiny’s Bath (1999), Tiny Goes to the Library (2000), Tiny Goes Camping (2007), and When Tiny Was Tiny (2012)

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