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Pinkerton, Behave! Hardcover – January 1, 1979


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; First Printing edition (January 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803765738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803765733
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,152,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this series, a Great Dane consistently finds himself in humorous adventures such as flunking out of obedience school, getting disguised as a stegosaurus, behaving like a cat, and getting trapped in a hot air balloon. PW called the "action-filled, colorful pictures, as funny as the story." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Steven Kellogg is a beloved author and illustrator who has published than 100 picture books, including the classics The Mysterious Tadpole, Can I Keep Him?, The Island of the Skog, Is Your Mama a Llama?, and this book, Pinkerton, Behave!, which was on Horn Book and Booklist’s Best of the Year lists and led to four sequels. A winner of the Regina Medal for his lifetime contribution to children’s literature, Steven Kellogg’s books have received numerous accolades, such as being named Reading Rainbow featured selections and winning the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Award, and the Parents’ Choice Award.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

With the same energy, humor and clarity found in his 50 books, David wows audiences at schools around the United States and beyond. David is an accomplished storyteller and a master at getting kids to think and have fun at the same time. His presentations lead children on entertaining and educational journeys that combine math, science, reading and writing. David also gives keynote presentations and workshops for educators at professional conferences.

Customer Reviews

This is a really fun book -- the illustrations are great, and the story line makes everyone giggle!
Susan Ritta
I thought it was very cute that Pinkerton was confused but could have done without the break in part.
Carole Ann Greene
The pictures are marvelous and each time you read the book you see something you had missed before.
Meredith Coady Pardo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joyfull on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I can not believe the reviews I have read about this book! Pinkerton books are about the natural difficulties that all children run into as they cope with life. Trying to behave the way their parents want them to but not knowing for sure what that means is the main difficulty addressed in Pinkerton, Behave! If your child responded to the burglar with fear and is now afraid it is because you, the parent/adult, responded with fear and showed clearly to your child how much that upset you. Children learn by watching, listening, and immitating adults. When I was read this story as a child, the emphasis was on the funny side of Pinkerton just not understanding and how the people were able to use that misunderstanding to get Pinkerton to do what they needed him to do in an emergency. My daughter and all of the other children I have read this to (and believe me they are many) have laughed along and then learned that they can use what they do understand to learn about what they don't. They learned to ask questions to learn what they wanted to know from their parents. Stop being so scared of the world and start teaching about the world, including the dangers and how to cope with them. Your kids will thank you for being brave for them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lielais Kristaps on January 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I got the book when I was five or six, and since that, I love him and all great danes I see. Many kids are afraid to make mistakes, and he shows that this can happen even to big, strong dogs.
When a friend got a great dane five years ago, it was so nice to find so many similarities to him, so despite of their frightening utter appearance, they are very loveable and playful dogs.

Comments that the book is too scary for little kids because of a bad guy entering a room with a gun is just ridiculous...worse things happen in stories of the Grimm brothers and nobody had a bad impact on their lifes so far. In case they get really upset, buy them a nice dog like Pinkerton, then they will also learn other useful things like responsibility and social behaviour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.K. on April 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read this when I was very young and it never dawned on me that I should be afraid. I was shocked that this was the response some parents had. I think my reaction to the robber in the book was an attempt to show my parents how useful it would be to have a Great Dane around the house (it didn't work.) More importantly, my mom pointed out that some people learn differently like Pinkerton learned differently than the other dogs and I should not worry that I needed extra help in spelling and math.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By stormshadow999 on February 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
It's unfair to give this book a bad rating just because it may be a little mature for a childrens' picture book. I first read this story a couple of years ago (I was 27) while browsing through the library. By the time I had finished with the same surprise ending that has everyone in an uproar, I was in tears. The whole point of the story is that Pinkerton's misbehaving turns out to be serendipitous in the end. Anyone who has ever owned a large-breed dog (particularly a Great Dane) will agree that it's often very difficult and tedious trying to break them of their inherently energetic nature and train them not to be destructive and hyperactive. Those condemning this book for the way it turns out are completely missing the point. It's a twist of irony that leads to the happy ending--the bad habits of which Pinkerton's owners were trying to break him are what keep them from being harmed in the robbery. They end up praising him for his inability to learn commands because it saves their lives. That's how great stories are written. So, all of you namby-pamby moms out there who think this is such a "terrible" book because of its "violent" content need to settle down. It's ignorant of you to dismiss this title on the grounds that it's inappropriate for childen. As parents, it's up to you to determine your child's rate of development and decide for each one when is the proper time for them to experience a story like this. If any of you have a problem reading this to your kids, then it's your own fault for not skimming it before selecting it, not the author's or publisher's. It takes all of three minutes for an adult to read this book, so I would think that you would invest that time if you suspect a story this "intense" is too advanced for your children. Great book! Excellent story for any dog lover. I bought it and I don't even have kids. I agree that it's not for all children, but that's a subjective opinion that can't be evaluated by a book review on a website.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VReviews VINE VOICE on April 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
It would seem that Great Dane puppies are like having two puppies in one. Combine the `all paws' puppy phenomenon, and Pinkerton's innocent exuberance and you've got one wild ride through puppy obedience training in Steven Kellog's "Pinkerton, Behave!".

I almost didn't choose to read this in class, because I feared the illustrations were a tad busy and washed out for use as a good visual read aloud; but I'm glad I did because my second graders absolutely couldn't stop laughing as they made endless connections to their own attempts at dealing with puppies large and small.

In particular, on the "Get the burglar!" obedience school page, we took our time digesting all the happenings reflected in the illustrations. The arms kept popping up with observations about the different dogs personalities. In addition at the end, the irony of Pinkerton flunking out of class, and how later the bad guy burglar is thwarted by that very failure, taught a great lesson of recognizing that the glass isn't always half empty, and a bad thing can often turn out to be a very good thing.
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