Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai Gerstein

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Whether it’s slurping up spaghetti or catching some sun at the beach, the everyday wonders celebrated in this collection of poems will appeal to young readers.

Cleverly crafted by Mordicai Gerstein, Dear Hot Dog follows three friends from the time they wake up and brush their teeth to when they snuggle up for bed with their favorite stuffed animal. In between playing outside, making crafts, eating their favorite treats, and reading, together they delight in the adventure and magic that each day brings. Gerstein’s vibrant illustrations and lighthearted verse make Dear Hot Dog a great introduction to poetry for young readers.


About Mordicai Gerstein

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Mordicai Gerstein is the Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers and The Mountains of Tibet, both of which he wrote. He lives in Westhampton, Massachusetts. Visit him online at
Published August 1, 2011 by Harry N. Abrams. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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/ Come inside!' "), "Crayons" ("My crayons pop / up in their box, / hands raised") and "Light" ("Where do you go / when it's dark?

Aug 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Dear Hot Dog

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Two-time Caldecott Medalist Gerstein praises life's simple joys and unsung objects in poems and loosely rendered acrylics, as the trio of speakers in his poems lovingly personify their subjects.

Jul 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Dear Hot Dog

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