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It Shouldn't Happen (to a Dog) Paperback – Dec 17 2014

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Army life didn't agree with GI Albert C. Bedlington, Jr. He felt like he was always crawling on all fours, and one day when the very thing he'd feared for months finally happened—he had become a dog! The fellas all recognized him, so he carried on as usual, going on a furlough, visiting the USO, getting in and out of trouble, and serving with the K-9 corps.
Recounted chiefly in winsome illustrations, this fantasy was written and drawn by Don Freeman, author of Corduroy and other children's books. His witty and unusual take on World War II–era life among the enlisted men and on the home front was hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a "fantastic and captivating story" and by the Chicago Tribune as "wonderful fun."
Dover (2014) republication of the edition published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1945.
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Don Freeman is known to many as the author of Corduroy and other children's books. He is also famed as a graphic artist who vividly portrayed the street life and theater world of New York City in the 1930s and '40s. He studied etching with John Sloan and frequently portrayed subjects from Broadway theater, politics, and the circus.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dover Publications (Dec 17 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0486782107
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0486782102
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 218 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.52 x 22.1 cm
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Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California danceband. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.

Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident; he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.

He was introduced to the world of Childrens' Literature, when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"

Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear, named Corduroy.

Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.

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