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BARK, GEORGE

Author: Jules Feiffer

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: George is a puppy who can't bark, but can make all manner of other animals' sounds. A helpful vet one by one pulls out all the other animals that were hiding inside George. There is lots of silliness in animalia.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 1.3

Age of Child: Started reading with 4-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He doesn't really grasp the silliness of all these animals being inside George or the lunacy of reaching into a dog to pull out the visiting animals.

Adult Reader Reaction: A riot! It is very funny to see the vet pull a COW out of George to stop him mooing.

Pros: Introduces kids to whimsy and the art of the one and only Jules Feiffer.

Cons: Younger kids won't get it, or might actually try to reach inside the family dog.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least initially. Your child may love it so much you need to add it to your shelf.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK   CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE  

Educational Themes: None.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2004

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