Marley Goes to School

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It's the first day of school, and Cassie is all set to go. So is her dog, Marley!

Although he's told to stay, Marley digs a tunnel out of the backyard and sniffs his way to school. As he roams the halls looking for Cassie, he finds trouble instead. From wolfing down hot dogs in the cafeteria to setting free a bunch of mice in science class, Marley won't stop until he locates his best friend. This lovable and rowdy dog may not be much of an ...

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Overview

It's the first day of school, and Cassie is all set to go. So is her dog, Marley!

Although he's told to stay, Marley digs a tunnel out of the backyard and sniffs his way to school. As he roams the halls looking for Cassie, he finds trouble instead. From wolfing down hot dogs in the cafeteria to setting free a bunch of mice in science class, Marley won't stop until he locates his best friend. This lovable and rowdy dog may not be much of an academic, but he's full of school spirit!

Packed with action and hilarious Marley bad-boy antics, this follow-up to the bestselling Bad Dog, Marley! and A Very Marley Christmas will leave readers howling for more. Awooo!

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Editorial Reviews

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We remember Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin affectionately, but no dog ever licked his way into our hearts more completely than Marley. John Grogan's uproariously dysfunctional pooch climbed onto bestseller lists and toppled movie box office records. Then misfit Marley scampered successfully into children's book departments with Bad Dog, Marley and A Very Marley Christmas. This picture book is an adorable yarn about a lovably peculiar four-footed student.
Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson Davis
Cassie has everything ready for the first day of school. So does her dog, Marley. He fully expects to go along. So, he is not happy when the family put him in the backyard while they walked with Cassie to school. He digs out of the yard and follows her scent right into the school. There, he has quite an adventure, finding the copy machine in the office, the hotdogs in the lunchroom, the drums in the music class, and even the mice in the science lab. Unfortunately, Marley is not able to find Cassie anywhere. Teachers try to catch him, but the children help him stay hidden until the end of the day. Marley really gives a new meaning to the phrase "Teacher's Pet! The story is delightful, but the real splendor of this book is the art work. From a chewed pencil to the highlights in Cassie's golden hair, these illustrations are beautifully realistic. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson Davis
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Marley, king of misbehavior and digger extraordinaire, is back. Cassie is all set for her first day of school, and he decides to join her. "'You silly dog,' she tells him. 'School's for kids, not dogs.'" But, of course, this isn't any dog. This is Marley. He escapes the confines of the backyard and follows her scent to the school. Once inside, hilarity and chaos ensue as Marley discovers the copy machine, cafeteria, science class, and gymnasium. It isn't until he runs outside during recess that he finds Cassie and the rest of the family, who have been searching for him. The colorful illustrations capture the exuberance and charm of this energetic animal and the humans in his life. The characters' facial expressions are priceless, and readers will enjoy following Marley's trail of destruction and mayhem through the pictures.—Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix Hills, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061902338
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Series: Marley Series
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 251,498
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

John Grogan

John Grogan is the author of the #1 adult bestseller MARLEY AND ME: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, which inspired the bestselling middle-grade memoir MARLEY: A Dog Like No Other. He is also the author of the #1 bestselling picture books BAD DOG, MARLEY! and A VERY MARLEY CHRISTMAS. John lives with his wife and three children and their dogs, Gracie and Woodson, in the Pennsylvania countryside.

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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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    its ok .and marleys cute

    its ok but i think that it doest make much sense that marley goes to school with a backpack like people but marley is very cute i luv him! and u should still read this book too.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2009

    Not as great as I expected!

    Bad Dog Marley is such a cute book, we were expecting more from Marley goes to school! Pictures are bright and colorful, but story was a bit lacking.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Marley - For A Younger Crowd

    The runaway hit that was "Bad Dog, Marley", leads to this follow-up for a younger crowd to enjoy. Marley is no different in this story, so you know that chaos will ensue. You gotta love Marley, though, for all his spirit and enthusiasm for everything he does. School will never be the same!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Delightful story!

    My 5 year old granddaughter loves this story & I have read it to her over & over & over! Wish the "Read to Me" feature was available!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Super!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So cool! marleys cute!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    cute,funny, and a laugh out loud series

    This a cute laugh out loud book about the 'worlds worst dog' he goes through remarkable adventure that are to funny to read... read now this authentic book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Good book for 1st to 3rd graders

    Good book

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    We love Baby Louie

    Bad Dog Marley has been one of my grandchildren's favorites so it was greaat to add another adventure about Marley. The illustrations are a story on every page with plenty to talk about . They are ages 3-7, boys and girls and they all love the stories. They LOVE Baby Louie and repeat his phrase, Bah Woo Woo Waddy, over and over as I am reading.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Marley Goes to School

    Great book. My class loved it

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