Perfect Picture Book Friday – Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!

You’ll all be thrilled to know that my stove has been successfully installed!

(I know you were waiting with bated breath to find out :))

I may have to bake some cookies to see whether the oven works… who can tell? 🙂

You will also be thrilled to know that in spite of days of heavy rain everyone on Blueberry Hill is still above the water level… albeit in our canoe 🙂

Today, for PPBF, I have SUCH a fun book to share with you.  It was love at first read for me.  This book surprised me and made me laugh out loud – a real winner! – and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!


Title: Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook (Learn From The Best!)
Written & Illustrated By: Anne Vittur Kennedy
Candlewick, August 2015, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: Humor, animals (farm)

Opening: “I’m Ragweed.  I’m a farm dog, and I’m really, really good at it.  Most dogs aren’t.  But don’t worry.  You’ll be great.  You have the handbook.



Brief Synopsis: Ragweed sets out to tell you everything you need to know about being a farm dog… mostly, everything that ISN’T your job 🙂

Links To Resources: individually or as a group (in classroom or homeschool) make up your own handbook/story about how to be/do something, for example, Bossie’s Milk Cow Handbook about how to be a milk cow, or Archie’s Wind Up Handbook about how to pitch in baseball.

Why I Like This Book:  It’s cute and funny!  Ragweed is so lovable, and so believable as a character.  He’s a dog, but his behavior is very reminiscent of a preschooler’s 🙂  His handbook focuses on all the things you should NOT do to be the farm dog, and only at the very end does he reveal what the farm dog’s job actually is.  But I’m not telling.  You’ll have to read it to find out 🙂  The illustrations are delightful and perfect for the story, bright and engaging.  Ragweed is so expressive!  I dare you not to love this one.  It made me laugh out loud!

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

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And now, before you all toddle off to your weekends, I want to give you a heads up that I will be posting something interesting on Monday (even though I don’t post most Mondays these days) so be sure to check in… I don’t think you’ll want to miss it! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!!

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