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‘Sup Dog? Children’s Book Character/Canine Comparisons

When I stumbled across what-dog.net, I was curious. Could it really give a dog breed comparison for any picture?

Initiate children’s book blogger mode.

Phase One: Do a test run on myself:


As much as I hate to admit it, this is exactly spot on and I am now certain this thing is incredible. This is the AI we need.

Phase Two: See if the site could identify dogs featured in children’s books.

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Hmm, okay I think city dog is a beagle (right?) but this Rhodesian Ridgeback looks pretty close. Maybe this site isn’t quite as good as I gave it credit for initially.

Phase Three: The Ultimate Test: See what breed it assigns to the Shel Silverstein author photo on the back of The Giving Tree.

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*Applause Emojis* Okay, this thing is officially back to amazing. Inspired choice by what-dog.net here. *Applause Emojis*

Phase Four: But what does it say about Honest Abe?

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Alright, there might not be much resemblance, but get a load of that description! I dare say that truer words have never been said.

Phase Five: Try it on a bunch of iconic children’s book faces.

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Agile, loving with family – I think Ella would be good with this one.

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Can’t say the look is spot on, but how about that description? I feel I have happened upon a new form of horoscope or something.

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Okay, what-dog.net – you’ve lost all credibility. Blog post over.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Love how your brain works! Such a fun post!

  2. Every post where you include Shel Silverstein has me laughing heartily. Thanks!