Tess and the Dog Star by Gene and Iris Rotberg

Tess and the Dog Star by Gene and Iris Rotberg

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Author: Gene Rotberg, Iris Rotberg
Illustrator: Bryn Bernard
Publisher: CreateSpace
Copyright Date: 2011
Reading Level: Ages 4 to 8
Foundational Characters: Tess
Standard Rating: YC, C
Reviewer Rating: 2 Stars
Available Formats: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456547453
ISBN-13: 978-1456547455
Book Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
Page Count: 40
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Children’s, Picture Book, Astronomy, Dogs
Tags: Fiction, Children’s, Picture Book, Astronomy, Dogs


Tess, a dog lover, decides to have a contest for the best-dressed dog. From all over the world come dogs in every conceivable form of transportation, dressed in unique and outlandish costumes representing their breed or country. Which is the best-dressed dog? This children’s book, with humor, humanity, and beautiful illustrations, shows how the contest is decided and by whom. A book to be enjoyed by both adults and children, for dog lovers, for astronomers and for anyone who likes stories that touch the heart. (From the publisher’s website)

The Revelation

There was a time that books had to be hand copied by scribes. When Johannes Gutenberg invented the modern movable type printing press around the year 1450, the world of publication was changed forever. For a long time, only the best books would be honored with publication. Then authors learned they can publish their own books via self-publication services. Anyone can write a book, have it published, and sell it to anyone who will read it. This is how Tess and the Dog Star became available.

Tess is a child who loves dogs, and one day, she decides to have a contest to decide which dog is the best-dressed. She encourages her friends to enter their dogs in the contest. Then she encourages her friends to invite their friends to enter as well. Soon, she is receiving entries from all over the world. In order to make the final decision, she picks the contest finalists from their photos and invites them to come to her home in order to make choosing the best-dressed dog easier. All of the dogs arrive at her home. It is night time and it is very dark outside. Tess see that all of the dogs are looking skyward, apparently transfixed by the same thing. They are looking at the constellation Canis Major. Sirius, the Dog Star, is part of that constellation, and is chosen as the undisputed winner of the best-dressed dog contest.

This is a cute story. Young readers (or listeners) up to age 9 or 10 would really enjoy this book. However, this book provides evidence that authors must have their books edited by a professional before they are submitted for self-publication. Every writer needs an editor, no matter how good they are. If the Rothbergs would have received the valuable assistance of an editor, their editor would have pointed out the need to strengthen certain parts of the story. Their editor also would have had the opportunity to clean the text up as well. As it reads now, there are multiple mistakes that would have been easy to correct. I would suggest cleaning these mistakes up before the next printing is ordered.


This is a children’s picture book that is appropriate for all ages.

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