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"Bow-Wow is like Bee-Bop; you can read it quick or spend your time with it. Either way, it swings." Mo Willems, creator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Mo Willems)

"Bow-Wow, with his bold lines and expressive black-olive eyes, recalls the retro simplicity of a Bazooka bubble gum comic. It's a markedly simple execution, yet the story's witty details stand up to repeat readings." Family Fun (Family Fun 2007-06-01)

"Call it a kindler, gentler Twilight Zone in which the doughty protagonist is allowed to return home to bowl and bend at the end of the day. Thoroughly inspired." Kirkus Reviews (starred) (Kirkus Reviews 2007-05-01)

* "The clever circular plot is funny, quirky, and even suspenseful, working well as a wordless picture book."--School Library Journal 7/1/07 (starred) (School Library Journal 2007-07-01)

About the Author

MARK NEWGARDEN is a cartoonist, author, screenwriter and the creator of many novelties for children, including the tremendously popular Garbage Pail Kids. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
MEGAN MONTAGUE CASH has illustrated, designed, and written for the Children's Museum of Manhattan, Nick Jr. Family Magazine, Scholastic Books, Viking Juvenile, eeBoo toys, and other enterprises. She is also the author and illustrator of I Saw The Sea and the Sea Saw Me. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152058133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152058135
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most creative children's books I've ever seen. Invites imagination with no words, but wonderfully expressive faces and bizarre scenes. Hilarious and striking. Comic book nod. We read it over and over to our 2-yr-old. Can't wait for the next one to come out!
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Take one part Crockett Johnson, add one part James Thurber, and one part Buster Keaton.

Add a dash of Samuel Beckett.

Separate the words and set them aside for Sunday's crossword puzzle.

Stir in 2 1/2 cups of unique graphic brilliance.

Mix well and spread evenly on 56 pages.

Cut off crusts and serve at bedtime with a glass of milk.

Bow-Wow...WOW!
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I volunteer with the Pasadena (California) Humane Society Barks and Books program, visiting local libraries where young readers join us and read to my dog. Recently when a six-year old sat down beside us, clutching a copy of "Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug, " I was surprised to find that there was not a single word on the first page, or any of the following pages. However, instead of 'reading' our visitor regaled us with a truly imaginative story as she turned each page. Soon we were both giggling, then laughing non-stop, sharing the hilarious adventures she discovered and recounted on every page.
I have my own copy now, and have recommended it to every children's librarian in the program.
A terrific way to unleash young (and old) imaginations.
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My daughter recently took this book out at our local library and loved it so much that I purchased it for her. This is a really great, and funny, picture book. Every page there is something different and when you turn the page you never know what you're going to get. This book not only has great illustrations, but they're amusing as well. It's also very detailed so that the reader can create they're own story when looking at the pictures. I highly recommend it for anyone who has children who love picture books.
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When I first saw this book, I thought, "Oh, my gosh! A dog finding a bug! Bore snore!" But as I really got into the plot of the story, I began to realize,"Wow, I can totally picture words to this story! It's creative! It's funny! It's amazing!" A lot of thought and care went into this book. I think this book is a great way for anyone to discover the art of imagination! -J age 10

This book is alluring in its elegant simplicity. It asks so much of the reader and gives even more back. What a wonderful way to entice a pre-reader or early reader into the joy of books. The experience of reading Bow Wow with a toddler, preschooler, or young school-aged child is an adventure of shared thoughts and smiles, intimate conversation in which the child and adult learn anew about themselves and each other. This is the kind of book, like Sandra Boynton's and Margaret Wise Brown's,that sparks delightful cuddle-time chat about the surreal,absurd predicaments of everyday life. This is a book that inspires budding readers to cherish books. For adults weary of eating broken alphabet cookies and reading crapified television advertising masquerading as storybooks,for adults who sometimes struggle with reading,this book will be a cool drink of water. -a Mom
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My 6 year old son has loved this book ever since he found it at the library. He still loves it. Not a word in it but it encourages children to look at the pictures and make up their own story. I had to finally get it for him and he still loves it!
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The story follows our hero Bow-Wow as a bug lands on his dog food bowl and he "tracks" the bug out the door and down the street. Then a completely unexpected adventure ensues. ("Tracks" is my 6-yr old daughter's description.) As you probably are already aware, the book has no words, and you make up your own. Both my daughter and my 4-yr old son greatly enjoy Bow-Wow himself and his adventures.

The book has a wonderful level of detail -- the drawings are elegant and poetic, yet entirely accessible to kids and adults alike. Indeed, the drawings are remarkable in the way they take children seriously as an audience-- and from kids' point of view, are pure fun. There are lots of hidden charms that you discover after your first reading, as well as overt and fantastic surprises.

My kids absolutely love it. I like Bow-Wow and the sweet resolution of the story, and the way my 4-yr old, who doesn't read yet, can participate just as freely as his older sister, who does read.

In short, Bow-Wow is a small masterpiece -- brilliant and fun.
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Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug, is one of the most original childrens books to come down the pike in a dogs age. If you don't own it, buy it, share it with a kid under seven. It will rock their world. In my experience five is the perfect age for Bow-Wow they can follow it by themselves and can reap the pleasures of this wonderfully designed book. Younger than five, you need to lead them, and older than five, they read it like comics following the art around to the conclusion, sometime they miss the magic and just find the gentle comedy. I haven't given it to a child yet who didn't love it. And the board books are great for the little guys when they want to share their book, with a little curl up in your lap. Between the the picture book and the board books I'v given away just a few less than forty copies. This book has classic written all over it. Lets get it out there people! The children you love are waiting for it.
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