I Am Not a Dog Toy (Hardcover)

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By Ethan T. Berlin, Jared Chapman (Illustrator)
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The only thing better than reading this book is hearing the author read it using the best "dog voice" ever! A fun story about friendship and a good reminder to kids that they shouldn't have to work too hard to make someone want to be their friend.  

— Molly


A toy bear insists that he's a kid's toy--not a dog toy--in this story that shows that a true friendship is always one that goes in both directions.

A fun bear, who wears a vest with many pockets, is the brand new toy for a little girl. Bear couldn't be more excited to play with the girl, but she is a little less than enthused. In fact, she throws him into the dog's water bowl. Splash! Bear doesn't take the hint. Dog, however, is very excited to play with Bear. But Bear insists he is not a dog toy, he is a kid's toy. So he keeps trying to get the girl's attention... to no avail. Will Bear ever realize that Dog is the better friend?

Kids making friends will see that friendship isn't really friendship unless it's reciprocated in this hilarious and sweet picture book.

About the Author

Ethan Berlin is an Emmy Award-nominated television comedy writer, a producer, and a Junior Library Guild selected picture book author. He also teaches comedy writing at NYU and SUNY at Stony Brook.

Jared Chapman was born in Louisiana, grew up in Texas, went to college in Georgia, lived in Austin, and now lives with his family in the piney woods of northeast Texas. He is best known as the author-illustrator of the popular books Vegetables in Underwear and Fruits in Suits, and was also the illustrator for It's Not My Fault!
Illustrator Site: Jaredchapman.com

Praise For…

“A satisfying tale of unexpected friendship.” —Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593119013
ISBN-10: 0593119010
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2021
Pages: 40
Language: English