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Merl the cat’s pampered life is turned upside down when a golden retriever puppy moves into the house. With hilarious illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Janet Stevens, My Big Dog is perfect for story time!

Merl the cat has a perfect home until the arrival of a puppy.

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Overview

Merl the cat’s pampered life is turned upside down when a golden retriever puppy moves into the house. With hilarious illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Janet Stevens, My Big Dog is perfect for story time!

Merl the cat has a perfect home until the arrival of a puppy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First published in 1999, My Big Dog by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, illus. by Stevens, presents a tale narrated by Merl the cat, who explains that in her "pur-r-r-r-fect house, everything is mine!" But when a puppy joins the household, she goes in search of a new home-until she adopts the interloper as "my big dog." Close-up portraits emphasize the pooch's affectionate invasiveness. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Friendships are sometimes formed in the most unlikely ways by total opposites. The two main characters in this colorful book are Merl, a very special cat, and a new member of the family, a big yellow puppy. Like any new member of the family, the puppy is somewhat awkward learning how to fit in. Merl has been with the family for a long time and everything and everyone belonged to Merl. The authors have teamed up to create a delightful picture book about how rewarding it can be when we make new friends and make room for them in "our" space. This title will be a good message for the arrival of a new baby in the family or perhaps even in the classroom as new students have trouble fitting in. The illustrations are brilliant and inviting and the story carries a heartwarming message. A great read. 2005, Golden Books of Random House, Ages 2 to 5.
—Joe Ann Hinrichs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307978370
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/27/2013
  • Series: A Golden Classic
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 951,249
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

Janet Stevens won a Caldecott Honor for her humorous illustrations in Tops and Bottoms. She has illustrated many engaging and comical children’s book favorites, including And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, Epossumondas, Cook-a-doodle-doo!, and others. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Did Janet Stevens look in my window?

    I can certainly relate to this one. I have my own big dog and cat antics here at the house. I read this book to my class as a window into my world. Merl, like my moose kitty, owns (well, owned) everything. He never did share with anyone, not even his big sister Maxie cat. I digress, Merl is not willing to share especially when that big old puppy comes into his house and grows so big, so fast and is nosing into Merl's world. After Merl decides to leave and find his own place, he realizes that life at home was much easier, even with that big dog there. Anyone would enjoy reading this book, teacher, parent or just a dog and cat lover. This is a must have, just to have!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    Every Golden Owner Needs this one!

    My kids and I loved the pictures in this book. We certainly could relate to this story since we live with our own Big Dog and cat with an attitude. Very cute and funny book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    MY BIG CHILD LOVES THIS BOOK

    Don't let the title fool you! This is really the story of a very special cat named Merl who doesn't like to share his possessions with anyone, especially the big dog. I read this book at storytime,. then I took it home to my 28-year old child. Guess who liked it more? As bitter and brooding as Merl is, he is still completely loveable.

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