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Marley: A Dog Like No Other

Marley: A Dog Like No Other

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by John Grogan

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Make way for Marley!

When the Grogan family is ready for a dog, they choose Marley, a yellow furball of a puppy who quickly grows into a large, rowdy Labrador retriever. Marley has a zest for life, and as he grows, so does his enthusiasm. He has an appetite for whatever he can get his paws on—from fine jewelry to underwear—and the one thing he


Make way for Marley!

When the Grogan family is ready for a dog, they choose Marley, a yellow furball of a puppy who quickly grows into a large, rowdy Labrador retriever. Marley has a zest for life, and as he grows, so does his enthusiasm. He has an appetite for whatever he can get his paws on—from fine jewelry to underwear—and the one thing he always finds is trouble. Marley even gets kicked out of obedience school! Can this rambunctious pup ever learn how to be a good boy?

Editorial Reviews

J. D. Biersdorfer
While the book mostly recounts Marley's unfortunate moments, it also reveals the dog's unabashed personality and how his people learned to love him despite his overenthusiastic approach to life and breakable objects. Marley…shows that caring for animals is a lot of responsibility and would make good preparatory reading for the child working the "I promise I'll take care of it!" angle for potential pet ownership.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Harris, currently starring in the TV sitcomHow I Met Your Mother, but better known to many as Doogie Howser, M.D., turns in a energized and heartfelt reading of Grogan's adaptation for young people of his bestseller,Marley and Me. In this version, the story of Marley, the incorrigible yellow Labrador retriever who could eat the sheetrock right off the wall while retaining his heart of gold remains largely the same, sans the more adult subject matter: marriage, miscarriages, sex and crime. Harris's voice is crisp, sharp and precise, yet filled with warmth, a verbal approach that parallels Grogan's writing style. Trained as a journalist, Grogan naturally balances removed observation with deep emotions. Here, author and narrator make a strong team; this presentation is a great family listen. Ages 8-up. (May)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8
This book was adapted for young readers from Grogan's Marley & Me . It is a love story about a newlywed couple who decide to get a dog and the "bargain" Labrador retriever they choose. The tiny puppy has a zest for life, but is too young to be separated from his mother. By the time he is ready to go to his new home, he has grown considerably, and his enthusiasm for everyone and everything has increased proportionally. Marley becomes a large, drooling loose cannon on four legs. He loves people and other animals, hates to be alone, and is terrified of storms. His owners try to control him, but Marley is his own dog and lives by his own rules. His stint at obedience school is a disaster; he wreaks havoc in the house; and, to the couple's amazement, he lands a role in a movie. Except for the latter, the scenarios will be familiar to anyone who has ever loved and been owned by an out-of-control pup. This version contains only stories that deal with Marley and little about the other aspects of his owners' lives that are in the original story. The book contains a lot of laughs, some tender moments, and heart-wrenching chapters that deal with Marley's illness and death. Yes, he dies. But recommend it anyway; it's worth the tears.
—Nancy P. ReederCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
In this adaptation of his bestselling memoir, Marley & Me, Grogan celebrates the life of his free-spirited, bad-boy Labrador retriever. When Grogan innocently picks the enthusiastic Marley from the puppy litter, little does he know this dog will crash through his life with hilarious abandon for the next 13 years. "Wild as a banshee and as strong as a bull," Marley grows at a furious rate, chomping and chewing everything in sight. At six months, the incorrigible Marley is kicked out of obedience school. When a film company wants a "big, dumb, loopy dog," Marley's a natural. Whenever there's an electric storm, Marley claws his way out of steel cages like a pro. Over the years, Grogan and his growing family became increasingly attached to their goofy canine, but eventually the elderly Marley wears out, prompting Grogan to acknowledge that despite his flaws, Marley was "a great dog." Written with real affection and humor, this tender tribute to a dog "with stinky breath and bad manners" will win the hearts of even those who aren't dog lovers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)

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A Dog Like No Other

Chapter One

And Puppy Makes Three

"Slow down, dingo, or you're going to miss it," Jenny scolded. "It should be coming up any second." Jenny was my wife. That January evening in 1991, we were driving through inky blackness across what had once been Florida swampland. We had been married for a little over a year and decided it was time for another family member. A dog, to be exact. We were on our way to look at a litter of Labrador retrievers.

Our headlights shined on a mailbox. The numbers on the side reflected back at us. This was the place. I turned up a gravel drive that led into a large wooded property. There was a pond in front of the house and a small barn out back. At the door, a woman named Lori greeted us, with a big, calm yellow Labrador retriever by her side.

"This is Lily, the proud mama," Lori said. Lily's stomach was still swollen even though she'd given birth five weeks before.

Jenny and I got on our knees, and Lily happily accepted our affection. She was just what we pictured a Lab would be—sweet natured, affectionate, calm, and beautiful.

"Where's the father?" I asked.

"Oh," the woman said, hesitating for just a fraction of a second. "Sammy Boy? He's around here somewhere." She quickly added, "I imagine you're dying to see the puppies."

Lori led us through the kitchen into a utility room. The puppies stumbled all over one another as they rushed to check out the strangers.

Jenny gasped. "I don't think I've ever seen anything so cute in my life," she said.

The litter consisted of five females and four males. Lori was asking $400for the females and $375 for the males. One of the males seemed particularly smitten with us. He was the goofiest of the group and charged into us. Somersaulting into our laps, he clawed his way up our shirts to lick our faces. He gnawed on our fingers with surprisingly sharp baby teeth and stomped clumsy circles around us on giant paws that were way too big for the rest of his body.

"That one there you can have for three hundred fifty dollars," Lori said.

"Aw, honey," Jenny cooed. "The little guy's on clearance!"

I had to admit he was pretty darn adorable. Frisky, too. Before I realized what he was up to, the rascal had chewed off half my watchband.

"We have to do the scare test," I said. I had told Jenny the story many times of picking out Saint Shaun when I was a boy. Sitting in this heap of pups, she rolled her eyes at me. "Seriously," I said. "It works."

I stood up and turned away from the puppies. Then I swung quickly back around, taking a sudden step toward them. I stomped my foot and barked out, "Hey!"

I didn't seem to scare any of them. But only one plunged forward to meet the assault head-on. It was Clearance Dog. He plowed full steam into me, throwing a cross-body block across my ankles. Then he pounced at my shoelaces as though he was convinced they were dangerous enemies that needed to be destroyed.

"I think it's fate," Jenny said.

"Ya think?" I said. I scooped him up and held him in one hand in front of my face, studying his mug. He looked at me with heart-melting brown eyes and then nibbled my nose. I plopped him into Jenny's arms, where he did the same to her. "He certainly seems to like us," I said.

Clearance Dog was ours. We wrote Lori a check, and she told us we could return to take the dog home with us in three weeks, when he was eight weeks old. We thanked her, gave Lily one last pat, and said good-bye.

Walking to the car, I threw my arm around Jenny's shoulder and pulled her tight to me. "Can you believe it?" I said. "We actually got our dog!"

Just as we were reaching the car, we heard a commotion coming from the woods. Something was crashing through the brush—and breathing very heavily. It sounded like a creature from a horror film. And it was coming our way. We froze, staring into the darkness. The sound grew louder and closer. Then in a flash the thing burst into the clearing and came charging in our direction, a yellow blur. A very big yellow blur. As it galloped past, without stopping or noticing us, we could see it was a large Labrador retriever. But it was nothing like sweet Lily. This one was soaking wet and covered up to its belly in mud and burrs. Its tongue hung out wildly to one side. Froth flew off its jowls as it barreled past. I detected an odd, slightly crazed, yet somehow joyous gaze in its eyes. It was as though this animal had just seen a ghost—and couldn't possibly be more thrilled about it.

Then, with the roar of a stampeding herd of buffalo, it was gone, around the back of the house and out of sight. Jenny let out a little gasp.

"I think," I said, a slight queasiness rising in my gut, "we just met Dad."

A Dog Like No Other
. Copyright © by John Grogan. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

John Grogan is the author of the #1 international bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other, and three #1 best-selling picture books: Bad Dog, Marley!, A Very Marley Christmas, and Marley Goes to School. John lives with his wife and their three children in the Pennsylvania countryside.

John Grogan ha sido un premiado reportero gráfico y columnista por más de veinticinco años. Vive en Pensilvania con su esposa Jenny y sus tres hijos.

Brief Biography

Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:
March 20, 1957
Place of Birth:
Detroit, Michigan
B.A. in Journalism and English, Central Michigan University, 1979; M.A. in Journalism, The Ohio State University, 1986

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A dog lover's best read, this book is a wonderful page-turner. The plot progresses well, it is easily related to by anyone who has ever had a dog, and has you loving the characters early on. Marley sounds like an interesting dog to have, haha. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and be surprised in this amazing book. Five stars no doubt! I reccomend to anyone at all.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In this condensed version of John Grogan's best-selling MARLEY & ME, the author has written an adapted version of his life and times with his Labrador Retriever, Marley, that's perfect for younger readers.

Having read and fully enjoyed MARLEY & ME when it was first released, I was a little anxious to see how Mr. Grogan would handle a shorter, easier-to-read version for the middle-grade set. Fortunately, MARLEY: A DOG LIKE NO OTHER is a fun, vibrant, and compelling read that even older elementary school students will enjoy.

When John and his wife, Jenny, first pick Marley out from a litter of pure-blood Labradors, they have no idea that their small bundle of fur with the big paws and blocky head will eventually turn into a 97-pound drool-machine full of nerves, excitement, and limitless energy. This short story (196 pages) is a testament to the trials, tribulations, and ultimate loyalty of a dog who ended up starring in a feature film.

Marley is the type of dog that you love, despite his flaws (and there are many!), and even the youngest of readers will be overjoyed to read about the trouble that he finds himself in on a daily basis. And, I admit, I shed a few tears towards the end of this book, but they were well worth it, because Marley was worth it.

One great benefit of this version of Marley's story are the numerous full-color photographs that the author has included. This addition alone makes MARLEY: A DOG LIKE NO OTHER an asset to your home library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my birthday and looked at the title and decided to check it out. after i had read the first chaapter, i was hooked. this book is so funny and makes you cry, laugh, and scream along with the charachters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great story. It's funny,cute,and a little sad at the end but all together a great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 10 and love this book it is so hart warming i cried and im a boy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I demand you to get this book. It is great. I am NOT KIDING.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book only the ending is so sad. I think people should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its about a dog who throws up on the beach and sleeps for a very long time and then died. It makes me want to crie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very sad! Marley is a heart warming story of a dog. I loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book alot i really liked chapter 1 it was a pretty funny chapter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marley is a funny dog who never gives up for you he love you but can be funny half the time and also rough . I would love to marley as a dog but i've a dog called harley I LOVE MARLEY ! A dog like no other ( expect for my dog (: lol ! )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book alots of times i reccomend you to get this book
Emmanuel243 3 months ago
The book Marley a Dog Like No Other, by John Grogan, is about a man named John and a dog called Marley. The genre of this book is nonfiction because there it is based on a true story. The conflict of this book is that Marley is a horrible pet and keeps swallowing priceless items. The theme of this book is, the friendship of dog and man will stay golden forever. For example, in the book when Marley did something bad John always forgiven Marley. For instance, in chapter 10 Marley swallowed a priceless necklace but John still forgave Marley. I would recommend this book to other fifth grade elementary students. One reason is that it is very funny. It is funny because Marley poops in the water at the beach and everyone at the beach freaks out. My second reason, is that it is very entertaining. It is entertaining because of all the hilarious,exciting,and sad moments in the book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Thi$ i$ one of my most favorite book$ and i recomend it
Anonymous 7 months ago
This is a great book but it can be a sad book at the some time because the dog dieds at the end and the owner are upset because they have too get read of the dog because they are having a baby and they dont went the baby around the dog because it can hurt the baby i have seen the movie and now i am readimg the book the movie is so much better then the book
Anonymous 8 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I go to traweek middle school i like some one at are school.
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I am reading it right now!!! Isn't that awesome!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
marley like all dog books will make you sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marley is hilarious!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elsa tried as hard to get out of her chains.It didn't work.Elsa tried a second time.It worked! So, at night, Olaf asked Elsa to get the keys.Elsa got the keys and unlocked them.They were free! "Such nice air to breath in." Olaf said.They wondered if Hans would find them agian.So sorry that this was a very short chapter, but the next chapter will be on Shiloh.By the way, I've decided that threr will only be 26 chapters in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The truth is marley got ran over by a car