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Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein has fans old and new at his command with this comical dog’s-eye view of having a best friend.

Many dogs have human owners. Not this dog. He fetches his own slippers, curls up at his own feet, and gives himself a good scratch. But there is one spot, in the middle of his back, that he just can’t reach. So one day, he lets a human scratch it. And the poor little chap follows him home. What can the dog do but get a lead so he can take the chap around?

Dog lovers of all ages will revel in the humorous role-reversal as this dog teaches his human all the skills he needs to be a faithful companion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sweet and funny role reversal…An ode to the transformative joy of companionship.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Stein’s role reversal is deliciously fun, and what makes it sing is the bulldog’s confiding tone, and the way Stein telegraphs a range of emotions—exasperation, resignation, and pure joy.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The typical pet picture book is turned on its ear in this witty and charming story. … Young readers will get a kick out of the reversed human-pet roles…Minimal text makes this a great read-aloud for listeners with short attention spans, while the humor will tickle older kids and grown-ups.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “An independent dog teaches his human a few tricks in this amusing role reversal…A charming person-as-pet story that will leave dog lovers chuckling.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The popular viewpoint-reversal gag is particularly amusing here, with some excellent silliness in the dog’s solitary habits (‘When I look in the mirror, I lick my own face because I am so happy to see me’) and some genuine and funny legitimacy in the dog’s take on the situation…The round-headed, gray-spotted pup is aggressively cute, with a bit of bulldoggish fang showing at times, while the human he adopts is a wonderfully hapless grownup man with a stuck-in-the-’70s vibe…An enjoyable and deftly crafted joke.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “‘Who is the person in this relationship and who is the pet?’ Stein makes amusing, adorable hay from this idea in this tale of an independent doggie who doesn’t need a person—well, not at first…When the dog says, ‘I’ve grown attached to the little fella,’ the duo’s affection for each other is palpable. A fitting celebration of opinionated pups everywhere.”


  • “Dog-loving parents will be reading this one over and over—and will never tire of it.”

    Horn Book

  • “Do kids (and adults) need another dog book? The answer, as any dog lover will tell you, is a resounding yes, especially when the book is created by the talented David Ezra Stein…I’m My Own Dog reminds us delightfully once again, dogs also make excellent best friends.”


  • “Themes of strong-willed children and the development of friendship are cleverly handled with lightness and fun…You will want to read this over and over!”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Narrator Richard Poe injects an unhurried canine dignity into this tale of a dog who announces his independence…Listeners of all ages will recall the joys of having a best friend.”


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About the Author

David Ezra Stein is the author and illustrator of Because Amelia Smiled and Interrupting Chicken, which won a Caldecott Honor. He lives with his family in Kew Gardens, New York.