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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:

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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.

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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.

Comments

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

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