‘Dashing dog! Dashing dog! Oh, what a sight to see!
Cleaned up and curlicued! What a delight to be’
HarperCollins has published a new edition of Margaret Mahy‘s poem, Dashing Dog. There are bright and bouncy illustrations by Donovan Bixley and there is a CD of Margaret reading the poem.
The poem follows an excited dog and his family as they go for a walk on the beach.
The poem is Margaret at her most delicious, bounciest, dashingest, dartingest, dreamiest wordiest BEST!
The words dance and dash and cavort on the page and in your ear.
Margaret uses lots of alliteration that hums like music: ‘Devil-dog-daring, and dog-about-townery’.
She uses glorious, big words that are chewy on your tongue: curlicued, perambulate, docile.
She makes up words that are strange and zany and perfect (often to fit her rhymes): sandified, drowndering, townery.
The rhythm catches the dash and dart and antics of the dog and his family on the beach perfectly and Margaret reads it so beautifully.
SO, to sum up, this is a fabulous poem that made me think of my dogs when we go to the beach and they get all drippy and zoomy and puffy and panty and licky and rolly and huggy and happy! It is a terrific book and would be great to read with someone else.
You could try writing your own big rollicking rompy dog poem! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, age, year and name of school. You can include the name and email of your teacher if you like.