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Children's Book Review:

Bad Dog, Marley!

Children's Book Review: Bad Dog, Marley!
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By John Grogan

Publisher: Harper Collins

Our Recommended Age: Ages 2-6

Our Rating: A

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Top Pick Another Marley Masterpiece: Bad Dog, Marley!, written by John Grogan, illustrated by Richard Crowley.

With the recent theatrical and DVD release of the film, Marley and Me, most of America has fallen in love with the title yellow lab. The book on which the film is based is a masterpiece of storytelling. For all the little dog lovers out there, John Grogan has also created a delightful children’s book based on his best-seller.

Marley is an exuberant, trouble-making, havoc-wreaking dog with the biggest of hearts. He terrorizes the neighborhood and tears apart his owners’ home, but they love him all the same. Told through a child’s point of view, Grogan’s popular book takes on a new life. His heart-warming story is simplified so that the youngest of toddlers can identify with daughter Cassie and Baby Louie.

For any family that owns a dog, this book is a must-have. Parents and their little ones will laugh together at Marley’s antics and cheer together when he saves the day. Toddlers whose best friend is a Golden Retriever or big brother is a Schnauzer will find delight in the amusing story and adorable illustrations. Even families without a pet will laugh as Marley gobbles chocolate cake and annihilates couch cushions. Despite his naughty behavior, no one could resist such a lovable goofball.

In Bad Dog Marley, Grogan teaches a subtle lesson about accepting others (even dogs) for who they are and loving our family members unconditionally even if they’re not perfect. This beloved book is sure to become a favorite on the bookshelf for years to come.


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Reviewed: April 2009

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