Have you ever wondered why dogs have wet noses? This story answers that question in this whimsical re-imagined version of Noah’s Ark. The story loosely follows the traditional tale as it starts to rain endless buckets of water. Noah decides to build a “lifeboat” and save his family along with all the animals he invites aboard. When the ark springs a leak, Noah searches for something to plug the hole. That’s where his loyal dog steps in. Noah shoves the hound’s nose into the hole and voila — it’s a perfect fit! It’s good for everyone on the ark, except for the poor hound, who spends the rest of the voyage with his nose stuck in the hole. Never fear, Noah remembers to save the dog in the end!
The text is only half the story here as Oyvind Torseter has done an incredible job illustrating this tale. Children will love all the comical details he’s added in each illustration. From the tattoo on Noah’s arm (look carefully; I missed it the first time) to the animals arriving at the ark with backpacks, purses and even what looks like a cell phone, to a yogurt-eating alligator, each page is filled with quirky pictures. It’s a story kids will want read over and over, just so they can find more funny things with each pass. Parents beware: you just might find yourself sneaking another look once your children are asleep! Why Dogs Have Wet Noses is a picture book everyone will enjoy!
Recommended for ages 3 – 8.
Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.