Reviews for Underwater Dogs

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
Culled from Casteel's coffee table book of the same name, the impressive underwater photos of canines swimming and diving for toys includes dignified, funny, and even some mildly scary teeth-bearing shots. Peppy doggerel rhymes accompany the pups' play. Two appended pages show the dogs on dry land, identify their breeds, and give a bit of information about characteristics and temperament.

Library Journal Reviews 2012 May #2

An award-winning pet photographer and (bless him) an animal adoption activist, Casteel got the bright idea of photographing dogs swimming, working mostly from below to create spooky-adorable images. Since he began posting them online, his images of doggie-paddling pooches have garnered 150 million views. Possible cult status here.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 December

K-Gr 3--More than an adaptation of Casteel's adult book (Little, Brown, 2012), this edition features more than 30 full-color photographs that show energetic divers of different breeds, from American pit bull terriers to Yorkshire terriers. Casteel used a digital SLR camera with a fish-eye lens to create remarkable underwater portraits of these dogs, their heads overly large, eyes wide, ears back, and mouths open. They look out at youngsters through splashing water and a cascade of air bubbles as they pursue favorite toys in swimming pools. A simple rhymed text accompanies the pictures. "Grinning, happy, full of joy,/You just found your favorite toy!" The book closes with a spread showing small black-and-white photos of the dogs on land with information about their breeds. This title is sure to bring lots of smiles and some laugh-out-loud moments to young dog lovers.--Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

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