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Beware of Dog (McGrowl Series #1)
     

Beware of Dog (McGrowl Series #1)

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by Bob Balaban
 

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Meet Thomas and his new best friend McGrowl--a courageous canine who's bionic to the bone!

When Thomas's loveable dog McGrowl is hit by a car, Thomas is heartbroken. But just when he thinks McGrowl will be lost to him forever, the mysterious vet Dr. Minderbender steps in to save the day. After a strange operation, McGrowl is alive, but he has been changed forever

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Meet Thomas and his new best friend McGrowl--a courageous canine who's bionic to the bone!

When Thomas's loveable dog McGrowl is hit by a car, Thomas is heartbroken. But just when he thinks McGrowl will be lost to him forever, the mysterious vet Dr. Minderbender steps in to save the day. After a strange operation, McGrowl is alive, but he has been changed forever. McGrowl now has super speed, super hearing, and superpowerful sight, smell, and strength -- and a few super-funny tics. Now Thomas and his bionic dog must take on the evil Dr. Minderbender and foil his sneaky plans. Can this one-of-a-kind canine superhero save the day?

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Publishers Weekly
Film producer, director and actor Balaban launches the McGrowl series with this faltering farce introducing fifth-grader Thomas and his "best and only friend," Violet. Just after his birthday, on which Thomas once again fails to receive the one present he wants a dog he and Violet find a stray as they walk home during a thunder and lightning storm. The dog escorts the children through blinding rain ("barking furiously, keeping them together and trying to move them forward as if they were an errant flock of sheep"), and pushes them out of the path of an oncoming truck, which then strikes the canine. In an odd twist, Thomas and Violet deliver the pooch to a man whom they believe is a revered veterinarian, but is actually a villain in disguise; after many pages readers learn that he is determined to take over the town and plans to use Thomas's dog to carry out his plot. The evil vet replaces the insides of McGrowl (as Thomas eventually names him) with steel and aluminum during an operation he performs after the accident. Awkward writing, extraneous detail and humor that misses its mark sink this shaggy dog story. Ages 8-11. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439401371
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
McGrowl , #1
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Beware of Dog 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
animalsandmagic More than 1 year ago
Although not the longest, McGrowl is one of my favorite book series. McGrowl is a fun bionic canine hero with the ability to communicate telepathically with the boy who will become his new owner. McGrowl was seperated from his first owner and didn't come by his abilities naturally, but he uses them well.
GVSreading More than 1 year ago
The book Beware of Dog is about a dog named McGrowl who get super powers and fights crime. There are these two people who kidnap McGrowl and try to use his powers for evil. But just like any super hero dog or human he saves the day and everything works out. One of the parts I enjoyed was when McGrowl was chained to the house and he sees a cat and chases the cat with a wall from the house behind him. McGrowl Beware of Dog is a great book for anyone. It's full of adventure and lots of fun. This dog has literally gone wild.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a great story and a lesson. The lesson is that if you really love something you have to beleive and you will be able to overcome any evil. The illustrations are great and they really help your kids to understand the story alot better. McGrowl is also a very thrilling and absorbing story because you are not sure of what will happen next. Overall it is a awesome book and your kids will love it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wondeful! This books talks about a boy named Thomas Higgins who has always wished for a dog, but the one problem is the biggest problem, his mom will not allow one in her house. One day, he and his best friend, Violet come across a golden retriever. Would he be able to keep the dog?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got it one night and I almost had it finished the other night. It is an awsome book that is great for kids and adults alike. It is so fun to read such a great book. I cant wait until the next one comes out in January of 2003.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its about a boy who desperatly wants a dog and he finds one becase he was outside in his backyard and the dog came up to him. Then Thomas and Violet named him McGrowl because he has to go to the vet at Mr.Minderbinder's office and he tries to take him away so he can make him a super dog. Then, Minderbinder makes all the dogs dig for him,thats the chance for McGrowl to get away and he does and he gets back to thomas and Violet safe and sound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Beware of Dog is a very good book. Tomas had his birthday and he really wanted a puppy. The lesson was that you should you fight for what want. No matter what. You should hang on to what you love You should read this book because there is a surprise in this book in every chapter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is about a Boy named thomas on his way to the store he finds a lost do. Later after a freak accident mcgrowl vists a ' Evil vet' named Dr Minderbinder. From that day on Mcgrowl is changed for ever he starts having amazing powers, but once the vet finds out he want to take mcgrowl and use him for evil plans to take over the city of Cedar springs. In the end they foil the vet plan and Mcgrowl lives with Thomasfor ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the McGrowl books and I hope Bob Balaban writes more after the sixth. Any dog lover who enjoys reading amazing adventure fiction stories, this is the book for you. You will enjoy it alot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are my life! The first one Beware of Dog is about a boy named Thomas And his best friend Violt who find a dog but something happens and he gets bionce super powers! If this sounds interesting you should read it! Get it soon it is a very pouplar book. Reading is Fun if you make it be.