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  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159990151X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599901510
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 2–Bobo is a big white dog who tried hard to be a good. He loves to hear his owner praise him, and he anticipates the tasty treat that follows. Unfortunately, he also reads with his feet on the table, makes a mess while eating on the sofa, and leaves paw prints all over the house, so he is sent outside to the doghouse. To work his way back inside, he takes lessons from the cat on how to shake, fetch, and heel. When Mrs. Birdhead returns from grocery shopping, Bobo, excited to show her his tricks, bounds down the stairs, sending groceries flying. The angular lines of Cat and Mrs. Birdhead are contrasted with Bobo's soft roundness, while pastel hues dominate. The large acrylic paintings with cartoon figures and the simple text make this a good choice to share with groups of young children.–DeAnn Okamura, San Anselmo Public Library, CA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Gail Page is a fine artist and textile designer whose work has been exhibited in shows and galleries throughout the country. This is her first picture book, based loosely on her own mostly good dog, Gimpel. Gail lives in Brooksville, Maine.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Morgan on May 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Who Let the Dogs In?

Review by PATRICIA T. O'CONNER

As we all know, bad boys are more charming than good ones. Naughtiness, like it or not (and we do), is alluring. Maybe that's why it's easier to forgive a bad boy's captivating faults than a good boy's perfections - assuming, of course, that the bad boy doesn't bite.

Bobo, the great galumphing hound in Gail Page's "How to Be a Good Dog," is the canine Oscar Madison. He reads with his feet on the coffee table. He rummages in the refrigerator between meals, then eats messy snacks on the living-room furniture. He leaves muddy paw prints everywhere. He chews up homework, though it's not clear whose, since his owner, Mrs. Birdhead, is the only human on the premises. Never mind. This dog finds homework to chew up.

When Mrs. Birdhead finally exiles Bobo to the doghouse, he's missed by an unlikely ally - lonely, good-hearted Cat, who plots to restore Bobo to their owner's good graces. Armed with a book on dog obedience, Cat teaches Bobo a few civilizing tricks (lying down comes naturally). The road to perfection is bumpy, and Bobo never quite arrives. But because he tries, he gets a "good dog" from his owner, and that's what counts in the end.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth D. Zwicky on April 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My 2-year old daughter enjoys this book as much as the adults that read it to her, but on a very different level. She loves the idea that Bobo WANTS to be a good dog, but doesn't always succeed, and that his friends help him. She also loves the big KAPOW when he runs into Mrs. Birdhead. (Oh, and she enjoys trying to imitate Bobo sitting, particularly lotus position.) She has no idea why the adults think it's funny that Bobo's idea of "sit" involves a chair and sometimes the lotus position. She sees it as a finely nuanced psychological book about ethics (why is it OK for Cat to push Bobo when he's running down the stairs?) with good sound effects and a dog, which is everything she ever wanted out of a book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gail M. Vielbig on March 21, 2006
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Our grandchildren,(Charlotte, 7, Lucy, 4, amd Peter, 2 1/2), giggled their way through this charming book. Gail Page's endearing illustrations depict Bobo as the favorite dog of everyone's childhood. And Cat, more helpful than most cats we've known personally, is a star as well. This is one of those special books that makes readers young and old smile in recognition.Our son, Alex,age 32, brought this book to our attention and we all loved it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ImpeachKingGeorgeNow on March 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For a dog like Bobo being good isn't always the easiest thing to do. However with the help of his friend Cat, he learns some important lessons in proper manners, allowing him to show Mrs. Birdhead what 'a good dog' he really is.

"How to Be a Good Dog" is great fun to read with kids and the vibrant colors and fun, whimsical drawings will keep their eyes glued to the pages. The story shows both the well-behaved and sometimes mischeivous nature of dogs, reminding the reader that while we can't all be 'good' all of the time, we should try our best.

(This book was reviewed on NPR's Weekend Edition on Feb. 11th 2006 by Daniel Pinkwater and Scott Simon. Be sure to take a listen to the audio on the NPR site.)
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