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Art Dog

by Thatcher Hurd

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Arthur Dog, guard at Dogopolis Museum of Art and ardent fan of Leonardo Dog Vinci, leads a quiet life--except when the moon is full. On those nights something happens to Arthur. His eyes grow bright and his fur seems to glisten... and soon he is hatted and masked and out on the streets painting secret masterpieces. No one knows who the mysterious Art Dog is, until the night when Brrringggg! the museum alarm goes off, and Arthur finds himself in the middle of a Mona Woofa heist. Can Arthur extricate himself from this terrible predicament and point the paw at the true criminals? Thacher Hurd's wacky story and fabulously splashy illustrations, with witty nods to many famous artists, would dazzle any young reader. Budding art aficionados, especially, will be thrilled to recognize the works of Pablo Poodle, Henri Muttisse, and Vincent Van Dog, among others. A delightful book! (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly
Talk about a dog marking its territory-by day Arthur Dog is a mild-mannered hound who guards the Dogopolis art museum, but when the moon is full, he becomes Art Dog. Donning beret and mask, he takes paints and brushes and fills the back alleys of the city with his murals. Art Dog remains undiscovered until he's framed for the theft of Leonardo Dog Vinci's Mona Woofa. He's thrown in the clink, but escapes with the help of his superpowered medium ("where there were bars, he painted a window"), nabs the real crooks and gets his own gallery exhibit as a reward. Hurd's (Mama Don't Allow; Mystery on the Docks) straight-from-the-tube palette and blurry brush strokes suggest a painter in speedy action; his art-humor-canine portraits based on canvases by Vermeer, Seurat, Picasso and others line the museum walls-is good-natured. His plot, meanwhile, gleefully invokes comic-book conventions: Art Dog drives a streamlined Brushmobile, stops off at the Wile E. Coyote-esque Acme Paint Co. and battles the baddies in a dynamic spread highly suggestive of TV's goofy Batman (enhanced with cutout shapes a la Matisse). A waggish good time. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-When the "Mona Wolfa" disappears from the Dogopolis Museum of Art, the police apprehend a masked artist. With a few strokes of his brush, the suspect escapes and leads the police to the real crooks. By Thacher Hurd.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From AudioFile
A dog--man's best friend. If that is true, then imagine the level of friendship children share with canines. This four read-alongs is sure to please every kid who loves dogs. Part mystery, part parody, ART DOG will especially tickle kids who know a bit of art history. Arthur Dog guards famous paintings by Vincent Van Dog and Leonardo Dog Vinci at the Dogopolis Museum of Art by day. By night, he transforms into Art Dog and saves the day when the Mona Whoofa is stolen. Funky jazz, realistic sound effects of street scenes and museum openings, and the exaggerated strokes of brushes enhance the mystery and the appeal. T.B. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine

From Booklist
Ages 4^-8. By day, he's Arthur, a mild-mannered museum guard. But at night, he becomes Art Dog, splashing the city with his own mile-high monsters and shimmering sun-drenched scenes. One night, there is a robbery at the Dogopolis Museum of Art, where Arthur works. The thieves have stolen the Mona Woofa, leaving a painting of a blond in its place. Naturally, Art Dog, who is caught painting a picture on an outside wall, is a suspect. He's thrown in jail, paints his way out, and finds the Mona Woofa because "he can smell art a mile away." His bravery rates him a show of his own at the Dogopolis, though Art Dog's identity remains a secret. This is exuberantly drawn by Hurd, who has imbued Art Dog with the flash and dash every artist feels at times; but Hurd also captures the shyness that comes with displaying your art. Kids will respond not just to the pictures but also to a story that does as well with characters as with plot. Ilene Cooper

Book Description

Oh, no! Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art and the police don't even realize that they are barking up the wrong tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it's up to Art Dog, the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a Brushmobile, and he's off––on a wild and funny chase to capture the dastardly crooks. With the same deft touches of high-spirited fun and adventure that have made Mystery on the Docks and Mama Don't Allow (both Reading Rainbow Featured Selections) such perennially popular stories, Thacher Hurd serves up a new action-packed tale that will delight young readers.

1996 ‘Pick of the Lists' (ABA)
Children's Choices for 1997 (IRA/CBC)
1998 Red Clover Book Award (VT)

Card catalog description
When the Mona Woofa is stolen from the Dogopolis Museum of Art, a mysterious character who calls himself Art Dog tracks down and captures the thieves.

From the Publisher
Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, more powerful than a locomotive -- well, that's Superman for you. But now there's Art Dog -- a new superhero on the block -- and he's fighting crime with a paintbrush and an unstoppable creative might.

Just as Superman and Batman lead quiet lives during the day as Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, Art Dog spends his days as Arthur Dog, a mild-mannered guard at the Dogopolis Museum of Art. But under the light of a full moon, he undergoes a transformation into a creative force to be reckoned with. Through a little creativity and an astounding nose for art he manages to sniff out and apprehend a band of thieves who have stolen the priceless Mona Woofa.

Highlighted with characteristically bright and bold illustrations, Thacher Hurd has created an action-packed story that offers a whimsical view of many artistic masterpieces. Littering the pages of Art Dog are canine interpretations of paintings such as Wood's American Gothic, Matisse's Dance of Life and Jazz, Vermeer's Girl with Turban, Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, da Vinci's Mona Lisa and others. Children will recognize some of the paintings and will delight in the dogs replacing their human counterparts.

About the Author

Thacher Hurd is the award-winning author and illustrator of several children's books. He lives with his wife, Olivia, in Berkeley, California.

Thacher Hurd es un autor e ilustrador que ha recibido varios premios por sus libros para niÑos. Vive con su esposa, Olivia, en Berkeley, California.



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