My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks

My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks: and other funny family portraits by Hanoch Piven. 

It all starts with a family portrait that a child draws which she thinks doesn’t really portray all of the qualities of her family.  So instead she creates pictures out of objects that show a special quality of that family member.  The father is as jumpy as a spring, the mother as soft as the softest fluff, her younger brother is as sneaky as a snake, the dog is as stinky as an onion.  This is a winning concept.  The final portraits of each member are silly and fun, but also demonstrate an artistic concept as well as the use of metaphors. 

I would share this book with elementary age children working on metaphors and similes.  I would also recommend it for a jumping off point for art projects, perhaps family portraits made with found objects?  A gateway to folk art?  All sorts of options here.

One thought on “My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks

  1. The end papers on this book are really fun too – jam-packed with dozens of more faces made up of objects. This book really would make a great basis for projects with kids or programs wherever this book is shared.

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