Reviews for Homer
Booklist Reviews 2012 March #1
As in Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth! (2009), deGroat and Rotner create a novelty item with illustrations that integrate dog photos with painted-in clothing and backgrounds. Here, accompanied by minimal commentary and punny dialogue ("It's going to be a ruff game!"), Homer slips out of his house one night to join teammates in the locker room and suit up as the "Doggers" and the "Hounds" face off in a taut baseball contest before grandstands full of canine fans. Sandwiched between galleries of baseball cards that identify the breeds (or mixes) of players with evocative names like "Yogi" and "Whitey," the episode will doubtless amuse fans of similar doggy outings like Carol Gardner's Princess Zelda and the Frog (2011) or William Wegman's fairy-tale remakes. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
One night, dog Homer sneaks out of his owner's home to go play baseball with his friends. Doggy puns abound in the text (some work well: "It's going to be a ruff game!"; others not so much: "He's lickin' good"). The illustrations--digital backgrounds with photos of real dogs superimposed--are similarly hit or miss.
Kirkus Reviews 2012 February #1
Alex and Homer live, breathe and dream baseball. But this is Homer's story. There's a big game tonight, one that will decide the league champion. Homer's team is down by three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Some nice hitting loads the bases, and needless to say Homer hits a grand slam. It's just a typical baseball tale. But the teams are the Hounds and the Doggers, and all the players are dogs of many breeds, as are the umpires, spectators and the announcer. The story is told with the briefest of simple phrases and sentences, some in speech or thought bubbles, and illustrated with double-page spreads and album-like panels of digitally collaged photographs. The format is everything here. The digital art supplies the uniforms, banners and other odds and ends, while the dogs have been photographed in myriad head poses and body positions. A few might have been digitally enhanced, but if so, they are seamless. Young readers will surely giggle at puns like, "It's going to be a ruff game!" There's also a distracting squirrel and a well-placed fire hydrant. Alex wakes to find Homer in his usual place, but there's an autographed ball on the rug…. Even the endpapers are part of the fun, taking the form of doggie baseball cards. A howlingly good time. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 February #1
The team behind Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth returns with an even more outrageous canine adventure, illustrated with digitally enhanced photos to an almost comic book-like effect. On "one special night," golden retriever Homer sneaks out to join his teammates, the "Doggers," in a baseball game against the "Hounds" (endpapers feature baseball cards of the players from both teams, identifying their breeds). The dogs assume human poses and wear digitally drafted uniforms as they take the field; meanwhile dog fans yowl, yip, and enjoy ballpark treats in the bleachers. The artwork is filled with humorous details--from border terrier Rocket relieving himself on a fire hydrant before hitting a single, to a closeup of Homer clutching the bat as his fans swoon. The game-time tension, along with the innate goofiness of the artwork, could make this a dog-eared favorite. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
School Library Journal Reviews 2012 May
PreS-Gr 2--Homer is a golden retriever who loves baseball. And he has a secret. At night he meets with his friends to play the game. On this particular evening, it's the Hounds versus the Doggers, with nothing less than the championship at stake. After an inauspicious start, the Doggers come from behind, thanks to Homer's grand slam, and become the new champions. Incorporating the same photographic and digital art technique they used in Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth! (Scholastic, 2009), the authors have crafted a story that plays with many of the trademark details of a baseball game. When one player draws a walk, he is literally walked--on a leash--to first base. The dogs in the stands sport foam paws and pennants as they "yip and yowl for the home team." A plaque in the Doggers' club bears the names of players who have made the "Howl of Fame," and the endpapers feature baseball cards showing both teams. The illustrations are quite humorous, with many of the pups' expressions just perfect for the situation at hand: a bug-eyed bulldog umpire calling an enthusiastic "Strike!"; a sheepish-looking terrier trudging back to the dugout after striking out; a determined Homer on the scent of a game-winning hit. While the story can easily be shared with a group, the fun of the book is in independently poring over the many, many dogs taking part in the story. Sure to have wide appeal.--Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA [Page 71]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.