Dressing Basil Up and Down by Diana Duncan

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"A cautionary tale about the ridiculous nature of putting animals in costumes. The story’s rhythm is infectious and the language-play fun. Some might be uncomfortable with the underlying messages, as imaginative play comes under fire here and the gendered approach can make the story more about masculine and feminine stereotypes."
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Matilda loves dressing up her long-suffering dog, Basil. Day and night she parades him in a series of outfits, from tutus to superhero costumes – none of them suited to a big clumsy Labrador who would rather just wear his collar. But one day Matilda's mum decides to come to his rescue. She takes Matilda and her siblings to the zoo. As they look at the animals, she paints a picture for the children with her words, helping them to see how silly the animals would look if they were dressed up in a variety of outrageous costumes. Will Matilda take the lesson to heart and stop having dog dress-up days for poor Basil?
 

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Published September 9, 2015 by PartridgeSingapore. 26 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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on Nov 23 2015

"A cautionary tale about the ridiculous nature of putting animals in costumes. The story’s rhythm is infectious and the language-play fun. Some might be uncomfortable with the underlying messages, as imaginative play comes under fire here and the gendered approach can make the story more about masculine and feminine stereotypes."

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