Bark, George

Bark, George

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by Jules Feiffer

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"Bark, George," says George's mother, and George goes: "Meow," which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog.

And so is his mother, who repeats, "Bark, George." And George goes, "Quack, quack."

What's going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer.

2000 ALA Notable Children's

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"Bark, George," says George's mother, and George goes: "Meow," which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog.

And so is his mother, who repeats, "Bark, George." And George goes, "Quack, quack."

What's going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer.

2000 ALA Notable Children's Book, 2000 Notable Children's Books(ALA), and 2000 Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book

2001 Buckeye Children's Book Award, 00-01 Keystone to Reading Book Award Masterlist, and 00 2X2 Reading List (TLA)

Author Biography: Jules Feiffer has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays, including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His books for children include The Man in the Ceiling, A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears, I Lost My Bear, Bark, George, and Meanwhile... He lives in New York City.In His Own Words...

"I have been writing and drawing comic strips all illy life, first as a six-year-old, when I'd try to draw like my heroes: Alex Raymond, who did Flash Gordon, E. C. Segar, who did Popeye, Milton Caniff, who did Terry and the Pirates. The newspaper strip back in the I 1940s was a glorious thing to behold. Sunday pages were full-sized and Colored broadsheets that created a universe that could swallow a boy whole.

"I was desperate to be a cartoonist. One of my heroes was Will Eisner, who did a weekly comic book supplement to the Sunday comics. One day I walked into his office and showed him my samples. He said they were lousy, but lie hired me anyway. And I began my apprenticeship.

"Later I was drafted Out of Eisner's office into tile Korean War.Militarism, regimentation, and mindless authority combined to squeeze the boy cartoonist Out Of me and bring out the rebel. There was no format at the time to fit [he work I raged and screamed to do, so I had to invent one. Cartoon satire that commented on the Lin military the Bomb, the Cold War, the hypocrisy of grownLIPS, the mating habits of urban Young men and women, these were my subjects. After four years of trying to break into print and getting nowhere, the Village Voice, the first alternative newspaper, offered to publish me. Only one catch: They couldn't Pay me. What (lid I care?

"My weekly satirical strip, Sick Sick Sick, later renamed Feiffer started appearing in late 1956. Two years later, Sick Sick Sick came out in book form and became a bestseller. The following years saw a string of cartoon collections, syndication, stage and screen adaptations of the cartoon. One, Munro, won an Academy Award.

"This was heady stuff, taking me miles beyond my boyhood dreams. The only thing that got in the way of my enjoying it was the real world. The Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights revolution. The country was coining unglued and my weekly cartoons didn't seem to be an adequate way of handling it. So I started writing plays: Little Murders, The White House Murder Case, Carnal Knowledge, Grownups. All the themes of my comic strips expanded theatrically and later, cinematically to give me the time and space I needed to explain the times to myself and to my audience.

"I grew older. I had a family, and late in life, a very young family. I started thinking, as old guys will, about what I wanted these children to read, to learn. I read them E.B. White and Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl, and, one day, I thought, I ley, I can do this."

"Writing for young readers connects me profess sionally to) a part of myself that I didn't know how to let out until I was sixty: that kid who lived a life of innocence, mixed with confusion and consternation, disappointment and dopey humor. And who drew comic strips and needed friends—and found them—in cartoons and children's books that told him what the grown-ups in his life had left out. That's what reading (lid for me when I was a kid. Now, I try to return the favor."

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Editorial Reviews
Celebrated storyteller Jules Feiffer is a man of many talents: This Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, and novelist is also an acclaimed children's book author! Bark, George is a delightfully silly picture book about a dog who can't seem to bark right; for some unknown reason, he makes all sorts of other animal sounds. Bark, George is written for very young children, but this fantastic farce is sure to amuse kids -- and adults! -- of all ages.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Michael Di Capua Books Series
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)
AD130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Bark, George 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are large and priceless. I have read this book to countless numbers of young children in library, home, and classrooms. Never once has it failed to produce laughter and the cry 'read it again'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time this past summer when I read it to a group of preschoolers during story-time at the library. The kids had a blast with the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't had an opportunity to see it for myself. I ordered it for our 18 month old granddaughter. Her parents have told me she loves it and that she loves to bark while they read her the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book - kept taking out of the library so much I had to purchase it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought my own copy of this book after my granddaughter, age 6, checked it out at the library for the fourth time! She just loves the dogs antics in this book. It is a wonderful read. Add your own animal sounds for a laughing good time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher read this to me in kindergarten and I've not been able to forget this book! I love this books sooo much! It's a great book for little kids and a great memory book for those who remember it(:
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Da_Fish More than 1 year ago
As one who remembers Jules Feiffer's editorial cartoons from the newspaper & magazines, I was pleasantly surprised by his books for children. This was one of many selections requested by my church's children's library. Kind of cute for an adult; I suppose a child would find it much funnier.
Debbie-W More than 1 year ago
My two-year old grandson absolutely loves this book. It is so simple that after only a couple readings, he can fill in the animal sounds. very humorous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Children love to laugh. This book will make them do just that and warm their hearts along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never got delivered for birthday gift...was returned w/out notice.