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“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)


“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)

* “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 creator of many novelties for children including the tremendously popular Garbage Pail Kids. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


MEGAN MONTAGUE CASH has illustrated for The Children's Museum of Manhattan, Nick Jr. Magazine, Eboo toys and others. She is also the author and illustrator of I Saw The Sea and the Sea Saw Me. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on August 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Bow-Wow has a big day in store. He has breakfast to eat and...what's that?! A bug has invaded his territory.

Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug is a wordless picture book with a lot going for it. In this nearly comic book format, quite a story is told for readers to interpret as they like. Mini stories make up each page and they all combine to form the whole of Bow-Wow's day. And what an unusual day it is. You wouldn't believe what can happen if you follow a bug around your beat.

My kids positively pour over this book. They will flip a page, dissolve into giggles and call me over to see the next exploit. Bow-Wow deals with just the types of things that appeal to a child's sense of humor. And I think it's pretty funny, too.

I believe this is the type of book that will help pre-readers develop a love of books because it will get them turning pages and using their imaginations. Be aware, though, that this is not a board book. Though it will be great fun for toddlers to look through, it will require parental hands to stay intact.

I think the prime target age is 4 to 6. At least my three in that range loved it. They give it six little thumbs up.

Armchair Interviews says: These little thumbs can't be wrong!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Raymond on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Karasik on May 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred G. Martin on August 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George M. Seminara on September 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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