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Follow Fergus as he experiences the perfect doggy day--well, except for his bath, of course! From chasing cats and motorcycles to being scratched on his favorite "tickle spot," David Shannon's newest sweet and silly character will inspire young readers to laugh out loud at his ...
Follow Fergus as he experiences the perfect doggy day--well, except for his bath, of course! From chasing cats and motorcycles to being scratched on his favorite "tickle spot," David Shannon's newest sweet and silly character will inspire young readers to laugh out loud at his mischievous antics. Fans of Shannon's previous books will love reading all about this naughty but lovable dog!
GOOD BOY, FERGUS!
Author: Shannon, David
Fergus is a West Highland terrier, an irrepressibly charming canine based on the real-life pet of the author, who clearly knows a thing or two about mischievous main characters. In this offering, the unnamed narrator (an adult male) attempts to discipline his dog, Fergus, who could be a shaggy version of No, David! (1998), but the little pup clearly has the upper hand in the household. The owner tells Fergus what to do, but each time the dog does just as he pleases until the owner caves in, rewarding Fergus with the refrain, "Good boy, Fergus!" Readers see Fergus right at his level as he goes through his day and at each activity finds a new sort of mischief or a new way to be pampered by his adoring owner. Preschoolers will enjoy the large-format full of over-sized text and hysterical pictures of the disobedient dog who gets his way every time, right down to holding out for whipped cream on top of his dog food. Yes, Fergus! (Picture book. 3-6)
SHANNON, David. Good Boy, Fergus! illus. by author. unpaged. Scholastic/Blue Sky. Mar. 2006. RTE $15.99. ISBN 0-439-49027-8. LC 2005008541.
PreS-Gr 2Reading this story is like having a romp with the funniest dog in town. As the book opens, two lines of text (“Good morning, Fergus!/Want to go out?”) frame the irrepressible face of a furry white terrier, black button eyes glistening with excitement. Subsequent pages feature the pup's adventures chasing cats and motorbikes, scratching and being scratched, playing in the dirt, begging for meatballs, and riding in the car. No matter what the animal does, his master's refrain is you guessed it. Readers see everything from a terrier-sized perspective, and they rarely see anyone but Fergus. When he is trampling his owner to request a walk, they catch just a glimpse of a human face. The motorcyclist's face is so covered with gear as to be generic. The more intimate portraits here are of things of interest to Fergusspaghetti and meatballs, for example, or the whipped cream that he likes on his kibble. Shannon's artwork is like an overstuffed sofa: colorful, homey, and bouncy. A riotous book to unleash on all readerseven those who own cats.Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Deborah Stevenson, Editor (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, March 2006 (Vol. 59, No. 7))
Just about everybody in the children’s book world now knows David Shannon’s David, who first leapt (sometimes bare-butted) to our attention in No, David (BCCB 9/98) and who has tried adult patience in several subsequent titles. Having chronicled such a willful young human’s obstreperous antics, Shannon now turns to an irrepressible West Highland White terrier, Fergu
Posted August 1, 2013
Fergus is the cutest little white Scottish terrier, ever. And David Shannon is a genius at capturing Fergus' expressions in his darling illustrations. Anyone who has ever been trained by a dog will recognize themselves (and their dogs) in this story.
So how does it go over with the target audience? Extremely well judging by the giggling that occurs when this story is being read. It might help that we have a dog named Sophie who behaves much the same way as Fergus. If anyone is wondering: Yes, Sophie does have us trained.
Posted June 26, 2013
I ordered this book for our granddaughter when she was a baby, and now she can - and does - read it for herself. It's one of the most delightful children's books I've ever read. I'm ordering Good Boy Fergus for a friend whose first grandchild was just born (and is named Fergus!) I certainly hope they enjoy it as much as we and our granddaughter have.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2006
We have Cairn Terriers, which are the brown and blond version of a Westie. This book captured our dog's personalities to a tee. I think this book was hilarious. My husband wants to e-mail David Shannon to tell him how great he thought the book was. Every page made me think of my dogs. Chevy chases anything that has a motor (especially motorcycles and mopeds) and Cari enjoys 'eating' our cats (it just looks like she's eating them, she is actually only nibbling). Anway...What a hoot!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2006
Posted February 7, 2006
I teach Kindergarten, and my students can't get enough of this book! I bought it last week and they are begging me to read it to them every day. The illustrations a great, and David Shannon has truly captured life with a dog. I love this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2006
This book is great for kids who have a puppy. It's so true for any puppy owner and the illustrations are great. I especially the dog's facial expressions. It's easy to read and funny.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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