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Dougal The Garbage Dump Bear Hardcover – September 18, 2005
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–A once-loved but now well-worn stuffed bear is tossed out after being replaced by new, clean toys. Finding himself in the garbage dump, Bear makes friends with a stuffed bumblebee. Together they explore the area, rescue dozens of other discarded toys, and dodge garbage trucks and tractors. When the big boss says they must leave, kindly workers take them to a little house on the beach, where they spend the rest of their days at play. What begins as an appealing adventure soon turns into a long, rambling tale that becomes more maudlin and implausible with each new turn. Cutouts and collages of photos of stuffed animals create interesting artwork. However, the hand-printed text is difficult for beginning readers and too long to use as a read-aloud. The author's voice is intrusive, introducing an adult sensibility to an otherwise childlike concept. The book's design is more attractive than its content.–Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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"Dougal is unique and unforgettable and will have you thinking twice..." --- Curled Up Kids
"Designed to look like a scrapbook, the book is clever and creative and a wonderful read-aloud." --- Education Oasis
"...thoroughly entertaining, well written, creatively illustrated and purely enjoyable." --- Life is like a Lunchbox
Top customer reviews
The photos and graphics are well done and have details that are interesting for little kids and readers alike. The text is refreshingly non-preachy, portraying some charming personalities and friendships with Dougal, the garbage dump workers, and a variety of cast-off toys. I purchased 12 books and gave them to all our favorite young families this Christmas! (Don't miss the note in the beginning that explains how Dougal was found by the author Matt Drey.)
Most recent customer reviews
My son is now 5. Reminded that he was once shy, he laughs (so do I). But at 2/3 years of age he was incredibly shy and found social situations plain...Read more