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The 13 Dog Days of Christmas
  • by Melanie Johnston
    • Illustrated by Bob Reedy
      • Merriam Press Children Series
        • First Edition 2015
        • 36 6x9-inch pages
        • 16 full color illustrations
A children's counting book based on the "Twelve Days of Christmas" song, "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a Pug snoring by a Pear Tree..."
     A variety of dogs are amusingly illustrated - Pug, Basset Hound, French Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Scottie, Setter, Lab, Dalmatian, Dachshund, Boxer, and puppies. The colorful illustrations were especially commissioned for this work.
     Your child, and the child in you, will thoroughly enjoy this wonderful variation on a Christmas classic.
     Part of the proceeds from this book go to Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation, ARF!


Absolutely adorable! The illustrations are charming. I am planning on getting several copies of this for all my little friends & families in the neighborhood for the Holiday.
—Kathleen Fosselman

Great children's Christmas book! I gave copies to each of my five grand kids.They love the illustrations and counting. I like reading reading it with them.
—Phil Babb

This is a wonderful children's book for dog lovers. The illustrations make it an easy counting book. A great gift for the Holiday Season!
—Water Dawg

Love this book with all of the dogs!
—Ginny Diezel

Great book for dog lovers!!
—Ellen S. Pharison

Adorable! This book nails it as a Christmas gift for my dog loving friends. How perfect that the characters include a golden retriever, setter, and lab - custom-made for my little family members who love picture books and counting and have these very dogs in their homes. Voila! Excellent for any child (I bought a few for my little friends who just WISH they had a dog), and don't even get me started on the puppies... Clever, cute and educational all at the same time. I have no doubt that the copies I am gifting will be dog eared in no time.
—Ronda Breier

Adorable Spoof on a Christmas Classic
I knew as soon as I saw the cover that this was the perfect book for my daughter Paige because she is obsessed with animals! We would have a whole house full of dogs if it were left up to her so The 13 Dog Days of Christmas was a perfect selection for her!
     This cute spin on the classic song the Twelve Days of Christmas is adorable for dog lovers! They will get a kick out of all the different kinds of dogs, what they are doing and their adorable illustrations.
     It also happens to be a great learning tool for counting and for memorization since they previous numbers repeat themselves just like in the song until you have gone through all 13 Dog Days of Christmas!
     This book cleverly spoofs the book by staying close to the song but putting a doggie spin on it! For example instead of five golden rings it was five golden retrievers. I actually looked up the lyrics to the song because I couldn't remember it all and was so impressed by how Johnston was able to get so close to the song using dogs!

5 paws up!
Amazing book that is educational and adorable at the same time! I bought a few for my cousins who are learning to count and I kept one for our family to read because we all adore dogs. A really wonderful purchase for any age!
—Diana B.

In working with an uninspired young reader, this book reversed the tide! Singing each page, counting pooches and talking types of pooches provided delightful entertainment and a great learning experience for my young student! Purchasing two more copies today!!

I really enjoyed reading this book. I bought this so my girlfriend and I would have some great late night stories for our pup Buster. So far he has been enjoying it. It is a great read, and a lovely tail (get it?).
—Andy Johnston

Two Paws Up!

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