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Book Title: Dominic|
The author of the book: William Steig
Date of issue: August 1st 1984
ISBN 13: 9780374418267
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 38.99 MB
Edition: Farrar Straus Giroux
Read full description of the books Dominic:I can't remember a time when this book wasn't on my shelves. Not sure how old I was when I actually read it for the first time, maybe eight. I thought that this tale of a noble joyous dog on a journey who has adventures involving being kind to strangers while routing a group of baddies (the Doomsday gang) was just great and I reread it lots. It was, consequently, one of the first books I tried reading aloud to my older son who was four at the time, and it was a failure. I was shocked to find it bristling with multi-syllabic words, some of which I had difficulty pronouncing, and ornate sentences. This was not exactly displeasing, but not what one is looking for in a first read aloud with a child dubious about this whole chapter book concept. Almost four years later, I tried again, and this time it worked -- my son was interested enough in the story not to pay too much attention to words like "seneschal" (which spell-check is not recognizing although I typed it exactly as it appears in the book) and sentences like "Now they intended to subtract him from the sum of existence." It's a hard book to rate. I'm pretty sure if I were reading it for the first time now, I would not be that impressed. Dominic is just absurdly perfect, and the Doomsday Gang tediously evil. But I can't quite let go of the childhood impressions, and rereading it as an adult reveals that the ending, which long ago seemed perfectly happy-ever-after is in fact ambiguous and makes one inclined to weep.
Read information about the authorWilliam Steig was born in New York City in 1907. In a family where every member was involved in the arts, it was not surprising that Steig became an artist.
He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968, embarking on a new and very different career.
Steig's books reflect his conviction that children want the security of a devoted family and friends. When Sylvester, Farmer Palmer, Abel, Pearl, Gorky, Solomon, and Irene eventually get home, their families are all waiting, and beginning with Amos and Boris, friendship is celebrated in story after story.
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