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Bark, George Hardcover – June 3, 1999

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When George's mother tells her son to bark, he meows. She patiently explains that "Cats go meow. Dogs go arf. Now, bark, George." But he quacks! Then oinks. Then moos. Becoming less patient and more exasperated, George's mom takes him to the vet, who reaches deep down inside the errant pup, and, much to everyone's surprise, pulls out a cat! Then a duck, a pig, and finally a cow. George is cured, and barks at last! On the way home, his proud mother wants to show off her convincingly doglike son to everyone on the street. But when she says, "Bark, George," he simply says, "Hello." This is the simplest offering yet from Jules Feiffer--creator of the delightful picture books Meanwhile and I Lost My Bear. Still, his cartoonish drawings are intensely expressive, alive, and hilarious. None of it will be lost on the youngest of readers who will giggle every time George fails to bark, every time the vet extracts a new animal, and at the final punchline, too. In a world of often overdone or underdone picture books, this fine Feiffer creation is just right. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by Jules Feiffer. Permission by HarperCollins Publishers.) (Ages 2 and older) --Karin Snelson

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In just a few pen strokes and just a few words, Feiffer (I Lost My Bear) outlines the playful scenario of a puppy who cannot say "arf." The images are striking, with no background details or props but the unobtrusive text. In the initial spreads, a big dog and a little one face each other from opposite sides of the book: "George's mother said: 'Bark, George.' George went: 'Meow.' " As George proceeds to quack, oink and moo, his dismayed mother grimaces and puts her paw on her head in the classic gimme-a-break gesture. She takes her afflicted son to a veterinarian, who snaps on a rubber glove and decisively repeats the title command. This time, when the pup meows, "The vet reached deep down inside of George... And pulled out a cat." Feiffer reverses the old-lady-who-swallowed-a-fly plot and boosts the giddiness with every barnyard animal removed from tiny George. The pen-and-ink close-ups of the dogs and vet are studies in minimalism and eloquence, and the characters' body language registers intense effort and amazement. Rather than being black-on-white, the illustrations get a boost from cool pastel hues. This pairing of an ageless joke with a crisp contemporary look will initiate many an animated game of animal sounds. Ages 2-6. (June)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD130L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (June 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062051857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062051851
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My 2-year old daughter loves this book. She giggles the whole time she "reads" it to me word for word. It's simple and fun and great to share.
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My reputation as the "uncle with the knack for picking good children's books" remains intact after I sent this book to a not-quite-two-year-old nephew. Not only did it entertain him, but it caused his older brother to laugh out loud as well. Thanks for the lead on this smart, deceptively simple, entertaining book!
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As someone who deals with children's books every day, this book is rare and wonderful. No lessons, no morals, just fun. It is wonderful to watch the expressions on people's faces listening to this charming story, and adults love it as much as children.
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My niece and nephew love this book -- they laugh out loud at every non-bark George utters and the twist ending sends them rolling off the couch in a giggling fit. This is the best babysitting tool in my repetoire.
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By J. Scharp on November 25, 2000
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I got this book for my son, who is 2 years old. He requests it eagerly, and enjoys saying "silly DOG" each time George belts out the wrong sound. This is the type of kids book that will have your child repeating with you, and adding things on his own interactively. It is a fun book with cute illustrations and punchline. As a mom who loves to read fun books, I recommend it for all parents with young kids.
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This is a must buy for any family library. If you have ever had a puppy or are wanting one, this book shows how mother and son are working to teach George to bark. What mother and son go through is absolutely hillarious. Don't be surprised if this book is read over and over again!
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Mother dog is beside herself. Her puppy, George, just can't seem to bark like a dog. "Bark, George." George went: "Meow." As mother asks him to try again and again, he quacks like a duck, oinks like a pig, and moos like a cow, but just can't seem to bark like the dog he is. "George's mother took George to the vet." The vet studied the problem and this time when George meowed, the vet "reached deep down inside of George..." and to everyone's surprise, pulled out a cat, then a duck, a pig, and finally "deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep down inside George..." a cow. Now, George can bark "arf", or can he..... Jules Feiffer's brief text doesn't waste a single word, and is complemented by his simple and bold, cartoon-like illustrations that captivate with their marvelous facial expressions. Together word and art create an engaging treasure that will charm and delight preschoolers as young as two. With a hilarious, surprise ending that's sure to tickle your funny bone, Bark, George is a timeless classic, to read and share with friends and family now, and future generations in the years to come.
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My class loved this book! The librarian at our school read it to them, and now that's all they want to hear every Monday at library time. I intend to purchase a copy for my classroom.
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