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Oh No, George! Hardcover – March 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763655465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763655464
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An entertaining romp.
—Wall Street Journal

The individual’s struggle for self-control is subtly conveyed in George’s story, which manages to make old concept fresh thanks to George’s winning personality and a vibrant, jazzy artistic style... Young children who struggle to follow the rules will feel a bond with George, and the story’s present-tense narration and repeated refrains make this a natural for reading aloud.
—Kirkus Reviews

Haughton’s retro illustrations capture George’s inner turmoil in both the position of his ears and the subtle shift of his eyeballs. Of course, there are no kids out there who struggle with resisting temptation, so this book won’t resonate at all . . . right?
—Booklist

About the Author

Chris Haughton is the author-illustrator of Little Owl Lost, his debut picture book, which won the 2011 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award. He has created and taught many courses in design and illustration around the world. In 2007, he was named one of Time magazine's DESIGN 100 for his work for Fair Trade and People Tree. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Chris Haughton now lives and works as an author-illustrator and designer in London.

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Customer Reviews

Illustrations are well done and story is short and cute.
Isaac
Highly enjoyable for the kids & adults reading to them as well!
ktrammell
Since the day he was born, my son has loved Chris's books.
sunshinemom

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In First Things First, bestselling author Steven Covey devotes an entire chapter to the important subject of "Integrity in the Moment of Choice".

In it he writes, "A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It's the testing point of our character and competence". After listing some of the factors affecting us in the moment of choice he goes on, "With all these factors acting on us, it's important to remember that a moment of choice is just that - a moment of choice. Whether we react automatically to one or more of these influences, empower circumstances or other people to control us, or use our human endowments to make a conscious, conscience-directed decision - it's our choice".

First Things First is a book for adults.

Oh No, George makes some of the same points in a presentation that's fun filled and kid friendly.

George is some form of generic hound dog. He has a huge snout, long, droopy ears, and large expressive eyes. On the frontispiece he is pictured in that most pooch like of poses; asleep, on his back, belly exposed, paws lifted into the air. Then the action gets underway...

Harry, George's owner, is leaving the house. As he leaves he exhorts George to good behavior in his absence.

Closing his eyes in innocence, George answers, "I'll be very good". Everything about his appearance underscores that this indeed is his intention.

Absent his master's stabilizing presence however, George is presented with a series of tough temptations (eating cake, chasing the cat, digging up the garden). Each time the narrator asks the question, "What will George do?" And each time our canine hero is pictured struggling with the choice of immediate gratification or honoring his promise to behave.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By doogiesmom on March 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It has a subtle message that kids will understand told thru the world of a dog. If you know dogs, unless they are well trained, they are not the most self controlled creatures-especially with food! George's opening cake distraction is both endearing and factual! And it will make parents and kids both laugh. The message for kids is that you CAN maintain self control-if you try hard enough-like George!! :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By steffpuff on March 18, 2012
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I don't know about a message...it was pure entertainment for me! I bought this book to take to my cousin's children, Aidan (6) and Maya (2), this coming weekend. I just hope they love the book as much as I do! (I'll let you know.)
The illustrations are simple but even in their simplicity (like the placement/position of the eyes) they capture all of the emotion of the text. My favorite page is when George, the dog, offers his favorite toy to Harry, his human companion, in compensation for the mess he has made...it's so funny and touching at the same time. If there is a message involved it's more about kindness and forgiveness. The ending opens up your imagination to and a conversation or a debate to what George will do now when faced with another naughty thing he likes to do...what will he do?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on March 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is such an entertaining little story. I'm an elementary school counselor and read this to our younger students about doing the right thing when adults aren't looking. When George's owner leaves the house, he promises, "I'll be good!" But try as he might, he gets himself in all kinds of trouble because he doesn't use that good ol' self control. When I teach kids this important school it's really important to me that I use engaging fun books. This is just that!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa K on December 10, 2012
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This book, along with Little Owl Lost by the same author, are delightful!! The graphic illustrations are really adorable and the humor in the books is silly enough for kids and subtle enough for adults. I hope this author does more books, but so far every time I attend a baby shower, I buy these books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on September 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like the dominating large, sparse, bold and orange illustrations that are referred to as `retro'. My seventh grade art teacher would be very disappointed in me! But I liked the book after my first reading, and after the second reading I loved it! The story is adorable, and anyone who has or had a puppy knows that puppies do try to be good, but, oh well! George's person leaves George home for a short while, and George is confronted with a cake, a cat, and a potted plant. "What will George do?" is the question at each opportunity. This is an excellent choice for lapsit, storytime (all ages)or anytime. I can't wait to see more from Chris Haughton!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber @ The Musings of ALMYBNENR on July 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dogs do not really want to misbehave - they just have less willpower than their human owners!

But really, is George to blame when Harry left the scrumptious looking cake on the table, just within reach? Is George to blame for his downward spiral after that, giving into his every whim and temptation when his resolve was so broken down with that cake in front of his face?

I enjoyed this book very much. The colors are popping and the story is cute and applicable to all dog owners and lovers. How many times has your dog shredded an article of clothing or craned his/her neck just a bit to taste test your dinner? Universal doggie traits are very noticeable in this book and will make you laugh aloud.

Oh No, George! is a super cute book about a dog and the many temptations he faces when he is left alone at home. It is also about the loyalty, playfulness, and sweetness of dogs. With its colorful and beautiful illustrations, Oh No, George! is a must read for dog owners everywhere, who will see a bit of their own dogs in George.

Recommended for children ages three and up and dog lovers of all ages!

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