Go, Dog. Go!
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|Author||P. D. Eastman|
|Publisher||Random House Books for Young Readers|
|March 12, 1961 (renewed 1989)|
Go, Dog. Go! is a 1961 children's book written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman. It describes the actions and interactions of a group of highly mobile dogs, who operate cars and other conveyances in pursuit of work, play, and a final mysterious goal: a dog party.
The book introduces concepts such as color and relative position with simple language and humor. ("The blue dog is in. The red dog is out.")
The book helps children learn basic concepts and actions like playing, working, going up, going down. The book also teaches children colors and conveys emotion. The dogs featured in the book use their cars to help them get their work done and get to places. Throughout the book, details in Eastman's illustrations seem to invite the reader to notice the deeper significance of small things. In their first appearance, a pink girl dog asks a yellow boy dog if he likes her hat with its little flower. He does not, so they leave. Several pages later, we meet them again. Now they are riding scooters; she has a hat with a feather. Again, he does not like her hat, but as they part, he has made off with the feather. When we next see them together, they are skiing. The yellow boy dog does not like the long ski cap the pink girl dog is wearing. They leave as she bids him an angry farewell. In their final meeting, her hat is even more elaborate and finally meets the approval of the yellow boy dog; in this way, a relationship is developed between the characters despite the simplicity of the text. It shows interaction when the dogs meet. Throughout the book, there is an unclear outcome of what the book is trying to show but towards the end all of the dogs have a party.
In 2003, a musical version of the book was developed by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory for the Seattle Children's Theatre. The play has been widely staged throughout the U.S., often as an introduction to theater for young children.
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