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Bulldog's Big Day

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Award-winning author Kate McMullan tells the story of Bulldog, a lovable pup who is searching for a job, with the help of his friends.

Everyone is on their way to work in Bulldog's Big Day-everyone, that is, except Bulldog. As his friends help him find a job, Bulldog's good intentions clash with his hilarious clumsiness. He crashes a ladder through Giraffe's firehouse roof, discovers his fear of heights when he tries to wash windows with Spider, sends Moose's canvas flying when...

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Overview


Award-winning author Kate McMullan tells the story of Bulldog, a lovable pup who is searching for a job, with the help of his friends.

Everyone is on their way to work in Bulldog's Big Day-everyone, that is, except Bulldog. As his friends help him find a job, Bulldog's good intentions clash with his hilarious clumsiness. He crashes a ladder through Giraffe's firehouse roof, discovers his fear of heights when he tries to wash windows with Spider, sends Moose's canvas flying when he sneezes, and tries Elephant's patience when he's caught reading the books he's supposed to shelve. In the end, Bulldog finds out that you have to love your job in order to be good at it, and he opens a bakery with his friends' support.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a world where everyone else's day is defined by the exciting "hustle-bustle" of work, diminutive, unemployed Bulldog is odd pooch out. Apprenticeships with his pals Spider the window washer, Moose the sign painter, Giraffe the fireman, and Elephant the bookseller are washouts (he's afraid of heights, and he'd rather read than shelve books). But his friends notice a professionally rewarding talent that Bulldog has overlooked: he makes fabulous cookies. On the final pages, Bulldog's Cookie Bakery is a smashing success: "Outside, everyone is yakking and laughing and waiting in a long, long line.... All the exciting hustle-bustle has come to him!" McMullan (I Stink!) and Lemaitre (Do Not Open This Book!) have put together an appealing package reminiscent of a Richard Scarry book. Each of Bulldog's misadventures unfolds on its own spread (with a chapter's worth of story on each), the ample text is succinct and bouncy, and the predominantly spot illustrations make judicious use of slapstick humor. The lesson is one worth learning: the road to finding one's professional bliss isn't always easy, but the end result is well worth the occasional pothole. Ages 3–7. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Carly Reagan
Watching his friends get ready for work each day has made Bulldog start to wonder what job might be best for him. In the process of trying his hand at firefighting, window washing, sign painting, and book selling, Bulldog realizes that though he may not be meant for any of those jobs, often times the things you love to do the most can be the best job for you. In his case, the thing Bulldog loves the most happens to baking cookies, and he has many eager customers lined up at the door. Vibrant text with many sound effects and excited dialogue bring the story to life, though the overall idea, that one mistake at something new means you should give it up entirely, sends a negative message to the reader. Were Bulldog to decide these jobs were not for him based on a lack of fulfillment or happiness, perhaps the message may be a bit more positive. Whimsical illustrations are attractive on their own, but the multiple vignettes on each page as well as the scattered design may leave the reader feeling slightly overwhelmed or distracted. A sweet story with good intentions. Reviewer: Carly Reagan
School Library Journal
PreS-K—After Bulldog bakes a batch of cookies, he goes looking for a job so he can be part of the hustle-bustle all around him. He tries working at the fire station, washing windows on tall buildings, sign painting at a flower shop, and shelving books in a bookstore. He fails at everything. He crashes the fire truck's ladder through the roof and freaks out at the height of the windows he's supposed to wash. He sneezes in the flower shop, sending art supplies and flowers crashing, and gets too involved reading the books he's been asked to shelve. All four employers tell him that he's not suited for the jobs. Bulldog offers them cookies and then heads home. That evening, Giraffe the firefighter, Spider the window washer, Moose the sign painter, and Elephant the bookseller show up at his door asking for more cookies. Bulldog discovers his true calling and opens Bulldog's Cookie Bakery. The illustrations were created in pen and ink, colored in Adobe Photoshop. The arrangement of the story is reminiscent of Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Town (Goldencraft, 1995). There are five or six scenes per spread. Everything is outlined in a thin black line and colored in flat hues. There's a lot to look at on each page, and children will enjoy poring over all the details.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Bulldog's quest for the perfect job leads readers on an amusing jaunt through a bustling town as he tries on the jobs of firefighter, window washer, sign painter and bookseller. Luckily, the bulldog cookies he baked help to pave over the mess he makes of each of them. Giraffe, Spider, Moose and Elephant are all very understanding about the mishaps—a ladder through the roof of the firehouse, a case of acrophobia, a mistimed sneeze and the undeniable urge to read a great book rather than shelve it—but at the end of the day, Bulldog is still without a job. Or is he? Even a quick perusal will put readers in mind of another famously busy town, with its small paragraphs of text surrounding illustrated vignettes. Richard Scarry–esque in style and animal population, Lemaitre's pen, ink and digital illustrations are filled with color and detail, though McMullan's plot is far more linear. This certainly won't replace Scarry, but it will probably find its way home with some of his loyal fans. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545171557
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 673,625
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Kate McMullan is the best-selling author of the I'M BAD, I'M DIRTY, I'M MIGHTY, and I STINK picture books illustrated by Jim McMullan. Kate is also the author of IF YOU WERE MY BUNNY and the FLUFFY series, published by Scholastic Books.

Pascal Lemaitre is the illustrator of several books for children, including DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK! and the New York Times bestseller WHO'S GOT GAME? He lives with his wife and daughter and divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and Brussels, Belgium.

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