Rover by Michael Rosen

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Relates the adventures of a dog and his pet girl, whom he calls Rover, featuring a trip to "an enormous sandpit" where Rover wanders away toward the sea and the dog sets out to find her.

About Michael Rosen

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Michael Rosen started writing as a teenager, when his mother needed some poems for Radio programs she was making. While at college, he wrote a play which was staged at the Royal Court theatre in London. Rosen's first book was published in 1974, and he is one of Britain's leading children's poets. Michael Rosen launched the National Year of Literacy project, which encouraged children to help produce an Anthology to be used during the Literacy Hour in primary schools. Children ages 4-11 were invited to submit poems and illustrations featuring their favorite tree. Rosen also led the final judging sessions to decide which submissions would be included. Layton uses pencil, paint, ink, and marker, among other media, to create his illustrations. About HOT HOT HOT, he says, "Oscar and Arabella would have lived in the most recent Ice Age, which ended about 10,000 years ago. There probably weren't any combs, mirrors, or scissors then. I made that up. Animals would have had to cut their woolly coats with blunt stone axes. (Just kidding)." Neal Layton holds degrees in graphic design and illustration, and lives in England.
Published May 11, 1999 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers. 26 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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In this comical tale, it's the canine narrator who calls his pet human ""Rover."" Rover and her doting parents (whom the dog names Rex and Cindy) have many unusual customs.

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