Author: Mark Ulriksen
Publisher: Goff Books
Publishing Date: 2014
There is nothing happier than a happy dog” reads one of the observations in this humorous and heartwarming look at the everyday interactions between man and man’s best friend. Renown illustrator Mark Ulriksen combines his handwritten observations with his intricate paintings of dogs from over 20 years of his career.
Mark reaches back to his youth to talk about his first dog and chronicles the idiosyncrasies of each of his ten dogs that have enriched his life. Mark parallels major life events from dating, married life, and raising a family, with such humorous moments as house-breaking a puppy, obedience classes, the sad melancholy of nursing an aging canine friend, Ted, and his eventual ascension to “dog heaven.”
Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly appeals to dog lovers of all ages. The intuitive, colorful paintings communicate a depth of understanding of the quips and quirks of our canine companions that will bring a smile to the faces of children, while the sophistication and nuance of Mark’s artistic expertise and his acute observations, will resonate with anyone who has ever had a dog. In addition, having contributed more than forty covers to The New Yorker magazine, this collection will also appeal to art lovers.
(From the book)
Mark Ulriksen wears his art on his sleeve. A successful illustrator, his work is regularly featured on the cover of The New Yorker and other popular publications, as book jackets, in art galleries and as commissioned work. His style is colorful, thoughtful and humorous. Mark's work has won multiple gold and silver medal from the Society of Illustrators and is in the permanent collection of The Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.
Do you have a dog or two or three and you always wanted to have a picture book about how great and lovable dogs are that you could show to youngesters? Then this is the right book for the reader. The book has illustrations and reads like a child's book, and should be good to read this with a youngster or two and teach them about how great dogs are. At least that's what I'm planning to do in the future. I loved reading it, flipping through the pages and encountering ways how dogs behave and how despite them being exasperating (yes, I'm looking at you my little dachshund princess, who didn't let me eat in peace,) they are still great and there is a reason they are called a man's best friend.
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5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)