Time to Get Dressed! : A Review of Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming

It’s something I’ve never wanted to try. Dressing up your pets, that is. I know it’s a lot of fun, but growing up in a houseful of cats, and now having one of my own, I don’t think it would end in success.

Dogs, dogs, on the other hand, are more cooperative. I’ve seen dogs in a wide array of outfits over the years. Custom sized Christmas sweaters, Halloween costumes, fur coats… Dogs seem to enjoy this practice.

Maggie, Michael’s dog, is up for getting dressed in Denise Fleming’s April 2016 title, Maggie and Michael Get Dressed. Using her signature pup painting, a paper-making technique, Fleming once again creates a delightful concept book for young readers. The simple text introduces concepts of names of items of clothing and colors as Michael and Maggie spend their morning getting ready for the day.

Mother calls Michael to get dressed, and immediately he invites Maggie, his pup, to join in. From yellow socks to a purple shirt, Michael has his wardrobe ready. But instead of putting it on himself, he dresses Maggie. Michael and Maggie’s facial expressions over the course of the book indicate pure joy, delight, and hilarity as they make their morning fun.

When Michael’s mother calls, “Are you dressed?” Michael knows it’s time to get down to business and put his own clothes on. He puts on everything where it goes, and heads out. Meanwhile, we infer through the final page turns that Maggie enjoys playing with the clothes Michael didn’t pick while Michael is gone.

Not only does this book offer opportunity to teach little ears about names of articles of clothing and colors, it also subtly teaches about stripes, choices, and concepts of over, and under.

I can hear the giggles that will erupt when Michael realizes he forgot to put on his white underwear.

Pre-order your copy of Denise’s newest title today (on sale 4/12/2016). I am continually amazed by how Fleming is able to weave such colorful, unique concept books for early readers with a story line. Denise’s attention to detail in her pulp painting style is also something to note. 2016 will be a very good year for young readers, as Fleming’s Five Little Ducks will release in the fall of 2016.



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