Bad Dog, Marley! (Marley Series)

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A picture book based on the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Marley & Me by John Grogan!

In John Grogan's memoir, Marley & Me, the world learned how one bad dog became the heart of the family that loved him. Now, in this original picture book, Mommy, Daddy, Cassie, and Baby Louie welcome the puppy Marley to the Grogan family. Marley grows and grows...and grows. His eagerness and energy grow with him, getting him into trouble in a ...

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Overview

A picture book based on the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Marley & Me by John Grogan!

In John Grogan's memoir, Marley & Me, the world learned how one bad dog became the heart of the family that loved him. Now, in this original picture book, Mommy, Daddy, Cassie, and Baby Louie welcome the puppy Marley to the Grogan family. Marley grows and grows...and grows. His eagerness and energy grow with him, getting him into trouble in a great big way. And, in the end, Marley's over-the-top energy is just what's needed to save the day.

Marley is a hit with families and dog lovers everywhere. And Richard Cowdrey's warmly rendered illustrations bring the story of this rambunctious dog to a whole new audience.

Don't miss the middle-grade adaptation of John Grogan's bestseller, Marley & Me!

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John Grogan's touching canine memoir Marley & Me went to the head of the bestseller class and obediently sat there for over a year. Now Marley returns as a fetching, unpredictable puppy in this adorable children's picture book. Richard Cowdrey's warm and homey illustrations will tug at the heartstrings of pet lovers of every age.
Publishers Weekly

In this lively, if over-the-top, picture-book adaptation, Grogan puts a fictional spin on his Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog (see Marley: A Dog Like No Other, reviewed below), placing the irrepressible Lab in a family that includes parents, a tow-headed girl and a cherubic baby boy with "a giant, droopy diaper and a thumb that rarely left his mouth" (in reality, Grogan and his wife adopted Marley before they had children). Cowdrey's (Frosty the Snowman) sweetly sentimental pictures chronicle Marley's growth from pint-size pup to large-scale pooch—and even bigger troublemaker. Kids will chuckle over the dog's nonstop naughtiness, as his head and front paws disappear in the toilet ("He drank what was in his bowl. He drank what wasn't"), he crashes through a screen door and climbs onto the microwave to reach a chocolate cake perched atop the fridge. After Marley snacks on the couch cushions, creating an "indoor snowstorm" of feathers, Mommy declares, "That dog has got to go!" But the nimble pet redeems himself when he once again makes his way to the top of the fridge—this time to rescue the baby, whom he gets hold of by his overlarge diapers. In a complete narrative break, Marley dances in celebration, musing, "Finally, I did something right!" Youngsters familiar with mischievous canines may most appreciate this playful portrait. Ages 3-8. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061171154
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Marley Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Bound Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Grogan

John Grogan is the author of the #1 international bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other, and three #1 best-selling picture books: Bad Dog, Marley!, A Very Marley Christmas, and Marley Goes to School. John lives with his wife and their three children in the Pennsylvania countryside.

John Grogan ha sido un premiado reportero gráfico y columnista por más de veinticinco años. Vive en Pensilvania con su esposa Jenny y sus tres hijos.

Richard Cowdrey has illustrated numerous books for children, including Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan, Animal Lullabies by Pam Conrad, and Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. He is the owner of a yellow Labrador, Murray, whose behavior is remarkably similar to Marley's. He lives in Ohio with his wife and children.

Biography

Classifying a writer as an "overnight success years in the making" is something of a cliché, but in John Grogan's case, that designation is undeniably accurate. In fact, his claim that it took him twenty-five years to get to the point where his debut novel hit #10 on the coveted New York Times Bestseller List in its first week and amazingly was already in its twelfth printing after a mere seven weeks on the shelves, doesn't even provide the complete picture. If one takes into account the fact that Grogan has been a devoted and disciplined writer since he began keeping a journal as a young boy, his tale reads more like an overnight success story a lifetime in the making.

Perhaps most impressive of all is the book that became a whirlwind sensation as soon as it was released. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog is a simple, lovingly rendered memoir about a man and his dog -- not exactly the stuff of lurid controversy. However, it is a testament to the universal power of a personal, witty, honest remembrance that Marley & Me has become such a smash success. It's not just any book that manages to get a "thumbs up" from Janet Maslin, famed literary critic of the New York Times. "Mr. Grogan knew the workings of Marley's mind," she observed in her career-making write up. "He makes that abundantly clear in Marley & Me, a very funny valentine to all those four-legged ‘big, dopey, playful galumphs that seemed to love life with a passion not often seen in this world.'"

Throughout the memoir, Marley manages to get into all manners of mischief -- from smashing and trashing the Grogan home in a variety of ways, to ruining friendly get togethers with his excessive drooling, to embarking on canine panty raids. Throughout it all, the 97-pound Labrador retriever is never anything less than lovable, and Grogan and his wife Jenny display nearly saint-like patience for Marley's rowdy tendencies -- well, they do at least most of the time.

Although humor plays a tremendous role in Grogan's immensely entertaining shaggy dog story (sorry about that, folks), he also uses Marley's misadventures as a means for relating his own story, which isn't always a delightful romp. The reader is carried through tough times in the Grogan household, such as the miscarriage of their first child. However, Marley's presence makes such moments of heartache a bit more bearable for both the young couple and the reader.

Grogan credits his ability to vividly recount such key moments in his life to his decades of devoted journal keeping. "I've been a faithful journal keeper since grade school," Grogan confided, "and many of my published pieces got their start as rough journal entries... Many readers have asked how I remembered detailed moments and dialogue in Marley & Me. I didn't. Many of those scenes came directly out of lengthy journal entries I had written within hours of the event, and that's what I credit for giving those scenes their immediacy."

Marley & Me has undeniably struck a massive chord with dog lovers and critics alike. The accolades this modest memoir has received are truly impressive; Booklist deemed it "A warm, friendly -memoir-with-dog" and Publishers Weekly concurred that "Dog lovers will love this account of Grogan's much loved canine." And let us not forget about that crucial blessing from the New York Times. Not bad for a first-effort that is essentially the story of a "boy" and his dog.

"It took me 25 years to find my way here, but the last few months have been like a rollercoaster ride," says Grogan. "I'm holding on for dear life and watching, with equal parts exhilaration and terror, where it will take me."

Good To Know

A few fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Grogan:

"Before moving to Pennsylvania in 1999, I played bass in a newsroom rock band in South Florida for several years. The band was comprised of reporters and writers from my paper, the Sun-Sentinel, and the Miami Herald. Fortunately for me, everyone else was considerably better than I was, which allowed us to get paying gigs in clubs and bars. On many nights we sounded pretty bad, but occasionally, when all the pistons were firing in unison, when the gods of rhythm and harmony were smiling down, we actually rocked. It was enough to make me believe in magic. Those moments remain some of the best and most fun of my life."

"Along with my technology-suspicious friend, Dave, I'm a Luddite in Training. Even though I'm totally dependent on modern electronic gizmos, from my laptop to my iPod to my cell phone, I love to embrace old technology or no technology at all. I collect old rusty hand tools and sharpen and polish them, then use them to build things out of walnut and cherry that I harvest from fallen trees in the woods. I keep chickens in the backyard for their fresh eggs and would have a goat instead of a lawnmower if I thought I could get away with it. I garden without synthetic inputs and take great joy in turning old potato peelings and coffee grinds into compost. I'm the crazy man in the neighborhood who favors a scythe (you know, like the grim reaper carries) over a gasoline-powered weed whacker. Besides being an efficient cutting tool, the scythe is great for scaring away nettlesome youngsters on Devil's Night."

"I'm pathologically incapable of making decisions. Just ask my wife how long it took me to propose -- on second thought, best not to bring it up. You don't want to be with me while I'm trying to order at a Chinese restaurant. Sometimes, a guy just can't choose between the cashew chicken and the sweet and sour."

"In my first week in my first newspaper job out of college, I was a green-as-could-be 21-year-old, I was sent out to write about a murder victim whose body was found several days after it had been dumped in the woods. It was a hot June and the smell was horrendous. Flies were buzzing everywhere. I grew up in a quiet little suburban town on a lake outside Detroit; I'd never seen anything more horrific than a flattened chipmunk, and now here in front of me was this poor, decomposing man. I stood around with the cops, waiting for the coroner to show up and trying to look nonchalant. A veteran state trooper looked down at my brand-new suede shoes I had bought for the new job, and said, ‘You can kiss those goodbye. They'll never lose this smell.' And he was right. I don't know how or when or where, but with all of you as my witnesses, I vow that scene will someday end up in a book."

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    1. Hometown:
      Emmaus, Pennsylvania
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 20, 1957
    2. Place of Birth:
      Detroit, Michigan
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Journalism and English, Central Michigan University, 1979; M.A. in Journalism, The Ohio State University, 1986
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2007

    Adorable!

    I ran out to buy this book for my nieces and newphews. It is adorable and Marley comes to life on the pages. We all love it and have read it over and over.

    21 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Awesome Children's version of the Great 'Marley & Me'

    Santa gifted this book to my children, and we read it at least once a week. They laught aloud each timeit is read! I brought it to my four-year old's classroom to read, and all of the children laughed and laughed. There's a new catch-phrase in our house: "Ba boo-boo waddy"

    17 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

    Kids will relate!

    I think that kids are so often being told what not to do, that they really relate to poor Marley's mistakes!

    16 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is a very cute book, I think kids 6 and under would love this cute little book about a dog who just can't stay out of trouble! ^^

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    CUTE!

    So awsome!

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    My Granddaughter loves it

    Gramma reads it to her at bedtime and nap time. She loves it and always wants to read it again. It's very colorful and a happy book. She has a yellow lab so can relate very well to this book. I give it an A++++++++++++++++

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2007

    Marley - Typical Lab

    Having read Marley and Me, and about to be a grandparent, I looked at this with interest. We are also the owner of 3 Labs (2 of which are rescue dogs) too. The breed is well represented in both of Grogan's books, and I should imagine that we're not the only people that could see our dog within the pages of both books. I guess that means all Labs have appalling lives then if the first reviewer is to be believed. John Grogan writes with wit and passion in both versions of his life with Marley.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    This book is cool.

    Me and my frends luv it

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Wonderfully Entertaining

    This book was so entertaining for my grandson. He didn't want me to stop reading it. After the fourth time, I told him that it was timeto go to sleep. The color's and illistrations are wonderful. The story line flows well and the author gives a wonderful ending. I would recommed this book for all ages. I myself read this book only once and decided right away to buy it.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Dog lover

    I have a dog my self a and i named her marly after marly and me the book is wonderful and funny

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Marly and me

    Very very very very very good

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    Bad Dog Marley

    My kids love the book. It is really cute. Very appropriate for our family since we have a yellow lab already. Luckily ours isn't as bad as Marley.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    I like this book.

    I like this book.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    An outstanding book!!!

    A hero and playful pup who is much like Old Yeller in his own right. Bad things may happen, as in Old Yeller, but Marley the puppy's spirit never loses its lustre.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Marley

    I have a Marley in my house except he is much more distructive than the Marley in the book. He is a lot of work and always has a pitifull look in his eyes and me and my dad pick on him way too much

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2007

    A Dog Lovers Dessert

    I love doggie stories above many other animals. There is something about dogs in teaching valuable lessons, displaying unconditional love and being the family protector when you least expect. Light heated yet heart tugging. Clearly, one can see how complete family is with a dog as a pet. I guess you can see I am a dog lover.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Nice book graphics with activities

    My daughter likes the paper marley books and these add motion and activities so she likes them even more.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Great!!!

    This isone of the best books ever!!! How could you not get this? Amazing! Get this book and you will love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET THIS BOOK ITS AMAZING AND WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    This book is good for little kids and teaches them how to behave

    My review is the headline

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Don't enrich this man

    I cannot, in good conscience, recommend a book based on this author's previous book on Marley. Animal welfare advocates, of which I am I, were appalled at this man's treatment of his dog as detailed in his words. I would never give a child this book knowing what kind of life poor Marley had in his home.

    3 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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