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If Dogs Run Free
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About The Book
Music icon Bob Dylan and acclaimed illustrator Scott Campbell team up in this delightful interpretation of Dylan’s 1970 song, “If Dogs Run Free”!
If dogs run free,
Why not we?
In this quirky, spirited interpretation of Bob Dylan’s 1970 song, “If Dogs Run Free,” illustrator Scott Campbell brings Dylan’s lyrics to life as a celebration of the freedom and creativity of childhood. Children of all ages will delight in the message, “Just do your thing!”
About The Illustrator
Scott Campbell’s paintings have appeared in numerous shows and publications around the world. He has created award-winning comics, such as “Igloo Head and Tree Head,” which appeared in the Flight anthology, and is the illustrator of Zombie in Love and Zombie in Love 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio; East Dragon, West Dragon by Robyn Eversole; and If Dogs Run Free by Bob Dylan. He is the author and illustrator of Hug Machine. Scott lives in New York City. Visit him at PyramidCar.com.
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 3, 2014)
- Length: 40 pages
- ISBN13: 9781451648799
- Ages: 4 - 8
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Raves and Reviews
"“If Dogs Run Free,” from the 1970 album New Morning, is Dylan’s version of a novelty song: a goof on a ’50s-style mashup of piano jazz and spoken word.... It inspires the talented Campbell (East Dragon, West Dragon) to create a benevolent, retro-ish watercolor universe of cross-species friendships and endlessly fun things to do, with a wide-eyed and inexhaustible girl, her younger brother, and their pet dog as ringleaders."
– Publishers Weekly, June 2013
"The lyrics to a 1970 Dylan song serve as the text for this quirky ode to children and dogs running free, doing their own thing. Through his appealing watercolor illustrations, Campbell has done a fine job creating a coherent, imaginative story from Dylan’s poetic lyrics...a satisfying tale, with undeniably cute canines and children running free and enjoying life, on their own like rolling stones."
– Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2013
"This illustrated version of a lesser-known Bob Dylan song focuses on the joys of a carefree childhood. A girl and her younger brother wander through their day, have adventures on the playground, make mischief at a swamp, and gaze at the night sky. Along the way, more and more dogs join their play...sweet, simple concept...humorous watercolor illustrations."
– School Library Journal, November 2013
"Bob Dylan fans will love this sweet interpretation of his canine-themed 1970’s hit, If Dogs Run Free. Kids will go nuts for Scott Campbell’s detailed illustrations, and all parents/babysitters/librarians/grandparents will appreciate the message: Just do what you love, the rest will follow."
– goop.com, January 2015
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