Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single
bound, more powerful than a locomotive -- well, that's Superman for you.
But now there's Art Dog -- a new superhero on the block -- and he's
fighting crime with a paintbrush and an unstoppable creative might.
Just as Superman and Batman lead quiet lives during the day as Clark
Kent and Bruce Wayne, Art Dog spends his days as Arthur Dog, a
mild-mannered guard at the Dogopolis Museum of Art. But under the light
of a full moon, he undergoes a transformation into a creative force to
be reckoned with. Through a little creativity and an astounding nose for
art he manages to sniff out and apprehend a band of thieves who have
stolen the priceless Mona Woofa.
characteristically bright and bold illustrations, Thacher Hurd has
created an action-packed story that offers a whimsical view of many
artistic masterpieces. Littering the pages of Art Dog are canine interpretations of paintings such as Wood's American Gothic, Matisse's Dance of Life and Jazz, Vermeer's Girl with Turban, Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, da Vinci's Mona Lisa
and others. Children will recognize some of the paintings and will
delight in the dogs replacing their human counterparts.
no! Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art
and the police don't even realize that they are barking up the wrong
tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it's up to Art Dog,
the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to
find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a
Brushmobile, and he's off––on a wild and funny chase to capture the
dastardly crooks. With the same deft touches of high-spirited fun and
adventure that have made Mystery on the Docks and Mama Don't Allow
(both Reading Rainbow Featured Selections) such perennially popular
stories, Thacher Hurd serves up a new action-packed tale that will
delight young readers.
*Author: Thatcher Hurd