Dog in Charge by K.L. Going

Dog in Charge

When the going gets tough, Dog . . . takes a nap Dog can Sit. He can Stay. He can even Dance. But when he's in charge, can he keep the cats in line? All one, two, three, four, five of them? Illustrated by Caldecott winner, Dan Santat, and packed full of slapstick silliness and utterly earnest charm, Dog will quickly wiggle his way into preschoolers' hearts.

Details Dog in Charge

TitleDog in Charge
Release DateApr 25th, 2019
PublisherThe Penguin Group
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Dogs, Cats, Storytime, Humor, Fiction, Funny, Juvenile

Reviews Dog in Charge

  • Heather McC
    Dog and his fellow cats have a sweet relationship in this counting tale.
  • Cheryl
    Requested because I loved Santat's The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. This reminds me too much of Cat in the Hat, and I just don't quite care for it. Cute rhythm of text, cute when the dog dances. I'm sure most ppl will like it more than I.
  • Nancy Kotkin
    Dog is a good dog, and enjoys many delicious treats as a result. But when his owner leaves the house with Dog in charge, can he keep the five cats in line? Well, cats will be cats. But in the end, the five cats do so love Dog. A sweet and funny book about dog and cat dynamics, with a more serious underlying message: "It's hard to be in charge!" Especially when your delicious treats are in jeopardy. The playful illustrations add additional humor.
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Dog is loved by his owner who has him sit, stay and even dance. When the family leaves for the day they leave dog in charge of the house and his 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 feline companions. Will he be able to keep these cats in line?This book is, for all intents and purposes, about love. A dog is loved by his owner and tries to love the cats he's left in charge of the same way. When that doesn't...
  • Jeremey Olson
    This book is about a Dog who is very loved by his owner. He is always making sure that he is being the best dog that his owner could ask for. Then one day is family leaves him in charge of the house while he is gone. The dog shares the house with 5 cats. While the family is away the dog asks the cats to stop causing trouble and they don't listen to the dog. After trying so hard to get the cats the dog gives up and wonders if he is being a good do...
  • Kathleen Dixon
    This endearing dog is very good at following commands, and very hopeful that he can watch the cats and keep them out of mischief while his family are out at the shops. Poor hopeful dog. It's hopeless, really. Who can control five mischevious cats?! He ends up all tuckered out and fast asleep and the house is in a mess! But happily the cats love him, and while he's napping they tidy up the lot.Lovely story, fabulous illustrations. The grandchildre...
  • Jayne
    This book about a tutu-wearing dog and his five feline housemates is cute. The illustrations make it even cuter. It is lively but sparse story about what happens when the humans leave dog in charge while they are away. He tries to herd the cats, but as you know....herding cats is never easy. So he must wait for them to make up their minds to help. Charming, funny book I recommend for 3-6 year olds.
  • Sam
    This book is both a riot as it is adorable. As a bulldog owner too, I loved the way Dog was portrayed simply because the art got the mannerisms so perfect. A really funny book to read to your children! I need to buy this one. I need more bully books!
  • Danica Midlil
    I loved the cartoonish illustrations.Poor dog, he's so out-matched.
  • Rebecca
    When the humans are away, will the cats obey Dog? Psssh! Hilarious, comics-esque storytelling. Great for pet lovers.
  • Edward Sullivan
    Dog has his paws full trying to keep up with five naughty cats.
  • Cara Byrne
    My preschooler loved this book, and I appreciated Going's chaotic-turned-sweet story and Santat's wonderfully vivid and action-packed illustrations. Visually, it was difficult to follow the story at times. This book would have benefitted from a single scene per spread instead of spreads being divided in 4 scenes.
  • Logan
    1.5 starsThis was a stupid book. The "moral" was that things seem to fix themselves after you try to fix something and it goes wrong. The illustrations weren't that nice anyways, and I don't really understand why this was written.
  • Linkin V
    My son loves animals, so this was a great story for a 5-year old. The illustrations are wonderful. Wr searched for the cats and used the story to help with counting. I highly recommend the story for pre-K and early kindergarten.
  • Alyssa Tabor
    Might work for storytime. A little long.
  • Heather
    Cute book that shows dogs and cats CAN live together in harmony. Sort of. Not quite right for storytime. Recommended ages 4-7.
  • Goshen PL Childrens
    Read at Storytime on June 27thTheme: Miss Tina's favorites
  • Awjtf
    loved this book!
  • Vivian
    Loaded with humor, frustration and warmth, this will appeal to ailurophiles and cynophilists alike. :)
  • Andrea
    SO SILLY. Dog thinks he's in charge. Dog is a very good dog. The best dog.
  • Miss Ryoko
    This is getting a 3 star review from me only because Dan Santat's work gives me life :-p The story of this book is meh. But the illustrations were fun
  • Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
    What could possibly go wrong leaving a dog in charge of five cats? A humourous look at training and friendship.
  • Jodee
    Cute how opposites attract and those you think don't love and adore you actually do and will do anything for you.
  • Alice
    I have a cat, well I am a foster cat parent considering a long term relationship! I started being a foster pet parent because I wanted to try having a dog...they send me cats! I think dogs are cool but this poor dog and the cats. Cats are going to do what they want when they want it. Dogs are which is the better pet? I funny, well illustrated book that explores the cat and dog dynamic!
  • Tyley Hunter
    There is no way you will not fall in love with a story about a dog who is left in charge of babysitting five adorable, loving cats. From the very beginning of this picture book you are love struck by the gorgeous end papers of the dog show casing many different facial expressions. The stage is set when the family leaves the house and asks the dog to hold down the fort. The owners love the dog, and the dog loves the owners, so the dog does not wan...
  • Jennifer Heise
    Poor Dog! He is very patient and talented with his owners' demands for sit, stay and dance (and the silly costume they dress him in)-- they call him a good dog, a clever dog, the very best dog, and give him treats. But when they leave for the store, they off-handedly tell him he's in charge of keeping the five cats in line.The cats, however, have no intention of being kept in line, and when he tries to collect them and keep them out of trouble, i...
  • Gabrielle.Norton
    Dog in Charge is a story about a dog that makes a big mess. Anxious to fix his mess dog is forced to become responsible before his family returns. As he choices the other option and decides to take a nap. Instead his friends the cats help him by straightening up the mess he had previously made. When dog awakes he is praised with hugs and treats, for the work that his friends did. His actions could be very relatable to students as they make a mess...
  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    Adorably funny book. Dog is a good dog, smart dog, the very best dog. Then when the family goes out he is left in charge of the 5 cats. Watching 5 cats is harder than it seems. Soon enough they make messes everywhere and Dog is worn out from chasing after them. He falls asleep. The cats love Dog and don't want him getting in trouble and clean up all their messes then snuggle up with him. He knows they are good cats, smart cats and the very best c...
  • Rachel
    While the humans are away, the cats will play...and the dogs will just sit and stay. But this dog has been placed in charge, and boy does he have trouble keeping up with these five rascals. As he moves from room to room, he discovers each cat in the process of making a mess. Sounds like "swish" and "fwomp" accompany every action, which are drawn in a dramatic way. All of dogs expressions too are exaggerated in a very cartoonish style. The story h...