A Dog Like No Other


Here, There, and Everywhere

Dominic by William SteigOne day, Dominic, a restless and curious dog, decides to pack his piccolo and hat collection and set off on an adventure. Along the way, he meets many amusing characters, including an alligator witch, an ailing pig, a single mother goose and her goslings, and dancing mice, among others. Off and on, he runs across the Doomsday Gang, an evil group of bandits who harass not only Dominic, but the entire animal kingdom.

It’s a very long journey, but Dominic always shows great kindness towards others, hears lots of interesting stories, and ultimately, reaches someone he was fated to meet all along.

William Steig, My Hero

I am a HUGE William Steig fan—I love his picture books, his novels, his comics—everything. He always mixes the right amount of absurdity and sincerity in his stories, and Dominic is no exception. I adore his sense of humor, and am always awed by the way he plays with language and challenges readers with new (and fun) words.

He is also very good at putting difficult feelings into words. Children (and adults) may appreciate this passage from Dominic:

“Then he leaned on the shovel to rest, the wooden handle warm with his work. The moment he stopped being busy, he felt his heart quake. He had to cry. Life was suddenly too sad. And yet it was beautiful. The beauty was dimmed when the sadness welled up. And the beauty would be there again when the sadness went. So the beauty and sadness belonged together somehow, though they were not the same at all.”

Scattered throughout the story are some of Steig’s black and white drawings. They are wonderful. The book, published in 1972, is recommended for ages 9-12. Do not miss the opportunity to share this book with your children.


Author Bio:

Karen Choy is the Youth Services Librarian in Half Moon Bay. She collects William Steig books but has never seen Shrek, the movie. Shrek, the book, is perfect.

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