"My Father the Dog" by Elizabeth Bluemle and illustrated by Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press, $6.99, ages 4-7). He scratches, fetches and growls when startled out of a nap. He likes the window rolled down and the breeze on his face during a drive. He pees on a tree and toots on the couch. Yep, this clownish dad is a lot like a dog as his daughter observes, but he's a loyal, loving one. Bluemle reassuringly promises in a postscript: "This book is not based on my own father. Honest, Dad, it's not."
[From Books | Father's Day books celebrate dads of all kinds | Seattle Times Newspaper]