I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs, by Francesco Marciuliano (Chronicle Books, 112 pages, 2013, $12.95)
Who on earth would write a poem about dog breath?
Who on earth would read a poem about dog breath?
Me! I read it and, I must confess, I laughed up a storm savoring the 66 delightful ditties.
Penned by author Francesco Marciuliano who also creates the Sally Forth comic strip found in 800 newspapers, I Could Chew on This follows on the successful heels of I Could Pee on This written by cats.
Bonus: It is also a calendar for 2016 and 2017.
If O. Henry had a Dog, . . .
DogEvals has reviewed other books of dog poems and found them lacking what Chew happily supplies – quirky topics, well-written, and many with O. Henry endings.
I hate to give away the pick of the litter but I want you all to grab this little book and stash it in your briefcase, dog-ear your favorites and reread them on the subway. Favorites like the naming poem: a male Boston puppy wants a strong powerful name but dies of embarrassment when the three-year old girl gets to name him.
None of the dog photos are especially memorable and none of the titles – therein lies the surprise! Understatements that point to priceless poetry.
The little dog poets are quirky like the cover photo of an Aussie mix, with cocked head, on a chair he has just taken a bite out of.
With chapters like Inside, Outside, By Your Side, and Heavy Thinking (Heavy Thinking?), and titles like I Lose my Mind When You Leave the House, Hoarding, Bath! Purse Dog, Splash, and Time, I love this book!
I’d love to share my favorite ten poems but I’ll leave you with just this one to whet your appetite:
Best not to ask
“What is it?”
Until you finish
Rolling in it
Caveat: This book was purchased for review.