As long time Beyond the Car Seat readers know the only books we currently can give LTD are board books due to the fact that he becomes the god of destruction when exposed to paper. The Grandparents gave the little a whole bunch of Bright and Early Board Books for the holidays and they have quickly become family favorites because they are fun and short. 1973’s classic I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words by Michael Frith has been condensed down to the aptly titled I’ll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words for the small board book. The plot is basic, lacking a true narrative structure rather the titular Dog is taught a whole bunch of words. Of course the basic dog tricks are learned first, but then the ‘master’ teaches the dog to reach for the stars when he teaches him to: Shine my shoe, kiss a goose and clean the zoo.
One of the books highlights is the illustrations by legend and Dr. Seuss protégé P.D. Eastman of ‘Are You My Mother’ and ‘Go, Dog. Go!’ fame. His art is simple, charming and expressive. Nobody draws a better dog. While the story may be unrealistic and lead to a many disappointed kids who may try, in vain, to teach their dogs to paint I’ll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words works great with young toddlers who have no interest in dog obedience.