A young One-Dog Canoe fan with
his very own
I set off one morning in my little red canoe. My dog wagged his tail. “Can I come, too?? “You bet,? I said. “A trip for two – just me and you?
But when “with a slap and a swim” Beaver scrambles in, and then “with a ‘woo-hooo!’ – flap!” Loon lands in the young canoeist’s lap, it’s clear that this will be no ordinary canoe trip.
A bouncy rhyming text and exuberant pictures full of funny, escalating antics will have young readers laughing out loud—for just when it seems the canoe can’t hold anyone else, frog jumps in!
If you enjoyed One-Dog Canoe, the same creative team of Mary Casanova and Ard Hoyt have a new book for you: Some Dog!
Nellie at Orchestra Hall
Reviews and Comments
This cumulative tale...is an excellent choice for storytime. —Library Media Connection
Casanova puts a North Woods spin on the popular folktale ‘The Mitten’ as she loads up a small red canoe with animals of the forest and lake until the tippy boat can take no more ... Rhyming text sets a buoyant tone ... An amusing subplot, about the fate of the girl’s picnic lunch, develops wordlessly, to great effect. Readers will happily embark on this animated excursion. —Publishers Weekly
Casanova’s rhyming text employs a familiar cumulative twist as each animal requests a ride. ‘I doubt you'll fit. It’s a one-beaver, one dog canoe,’ she tells a curious loon ... —Kirkus Reviews
Wyoming’s “Buckaroo” Master List, 2005-2006
Illinois “Monarch” Children’s Book Master List, 2005
A downloadable reading guide for parents and teachers is available from the Minnesota Humanities Center’s “Minnesota Storytime.”
A girl and her dog's one-dog canoe ride become more and more chaotic as large and small animals hop aboard. The animals that come aboard include:
a loon, and
Discuss how the plot of this story is similar to or different from either
of these tales:
The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham
A Note from Mary: The Story Behind One-Dog Canoe
Mary and Bror, 1996
The cocker spaniel in this photo inspired a story called ‘One-Dog Canoe.’ One day when I was on a writers’ retreat, I decided to take a break from my laptop and went canoeing with my friend, Phyllis Root. Halfway across the small bay, I looked back. Bror, the cocker spaniel, was following us from the island. We pulled over to a rock and let him hop aboard. On we paddled, and around the next bend, a golden retriever stared at us from the end of a dock. He hung his head and seemed to ask, “Can I come too??
“No,” I said aloud, “it’s a one-dog canoe.? I glanced back at Phyllis and said, “I think there’s a story here.? I went back to my cabin and quickly jotted down the ideas. Many drafts later, the story sold.
Ard Hoyt and Mary Casanova at
Children's Literature Conference,
Warrensburg, Missouri 2004
One-Dog Canoe first sold in 1997 to DK Publishers and was scheduled to be released with illustrations by a different illustrator. For personal reasons, the initial illustrator could not finish his work on the book.
While searching for a new illustrator, my editor, Melanie Kroupa, chose to work with a different publisher—Farrar, Straus, Giroux (FSG)—and brought One-Dog Canoe with her. Eventually, after more than a year of searching for the right illustrator, she discovered a new talent in Ard Hoyt. One-Dog Canoe was finally published in the Spring of 2003. And Ard Hoyt's illustrations—north-woodsy, whimsical, and imaginative—were worth the wait.