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A Dog's Night Before Christmas Hardcover – October 25, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767918525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767918527
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

HENRY BEARD was the founder of National Lampoon magazine and is one of American’s bestselling humor writers. He has written more than twenty books, including the classics O.J.'s Legal Pad, French for Cats, and Latin for All Occasions. JOHN BOSWELL is a highly successful book packager and agent in New York City. He has written or cowritten more than fifteen books, including How to Dad and the #1 New York Times bestseller What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School. Both men live in New York City. SUSANN FERRIS JONES is an illustrator for magazines and newspapers as well as children's and adult books. She lives in New York City.


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We got this book as gift a couple of years ago around the holidays as it seemed like a good-natured, cute dog book. After one reading, though, I had to put it away and, now, as I prepare to permanently get rid of it, I thought I should review it first. It is mostly a cute book-- a take-off on the night before Christmas told from the dog's point of view. However, when the dog hears sounds on the rooftop, he wonders what it is up there "A flesh-eating zombie? A goon with a gun? A bloodthirsty psycho? A con on the run?" In case your children can't conjure up those awesome images themselves, each one is illustrated on the page for them to see-- your average zombie, a gangster with a machine gun, a super-creepy knife-wielding guy in a straight-jacket, and a dude in black and white stripes running with broken leg shackles. Needless to say, my kids found this page disturbing the first time we read it. As did I. It's not great classic literature and there is no need for them to "get over" these disturbing images for the sake of what the book has to offer. Frankly, stuff like that should disturb kids and the author, illustrator, and editor should have know this.
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I think the author had good intentions with this book. There's a few lines though, that are unfriendly to wild animals (i.e. bunnies, rodents and so called frozen fowl.)

Lines like "I happened to gobble the neighbor's pet rabbit" were a little unsettling for me.

For the most part though, the story has its charms and is pleasant.

There are also some nice illustrations.
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Very cute book starring a kind happy dog with lots of other happy animals. A good book for pet lovers.
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