Pinkerton, Behave!

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Pinkerton doesn't understand his owner’s commands. When told to come, he jumps out the window. When asked to fetch, he destroys the slippers instead. Pinkerton’s desperate owners take him to obedience school, but he flunks out in record time. Then one night a burglar breaks into their house, and Pinkerton is able to put his bad habits to good use.
 
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Pinkerton doesn't understand his owner’s commands. When told to come, he jumps out the window. When asked to fetch, he destroys the slippers instead. Pinkerton’s desperate owners take him to obedience school, but he flunks out in record time. Then one night a burglar breaks into their house, and Pinkerton is able to put his bad habits to good use.
 
This silly charmer of a story was included on the Booklist and Horn Book best of the year lists and inspired four sequels about the impossibly clueless but irresistibly sweet Pinkerton. Now, in honor of its 35th anniversary, Steven Kellogg has updated the art and text (most notably removing the gun that appeared in the original edition), and has written an introductory note about the book’s history.

His behavior may be rather unconventional, but Pinkerton the dog proves it doesn't really matter.

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School Library Journal
11/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Pinkerton, Behave! has been adored by young readers and their families for 35 years, so the author's decision to revise and reillustrate the story of an enthusiastic Great Dane gives fans a pleasant excuse to take another look. Pinkerton has a kind of auditory dyslexia: when told to fetch, he attacks; when commanded to come, he goes; asked to bark loudly, he displays affection. After his expulsion from obedience school, the mother and daughter who are his family learn to turn his unique responses to his best advantage, setting an excellent example for Pinkerton-like humans and their loved ones. Some of Kellogg's changes are cosmetic—different colors, perspectives, and phrasing—while others are more substantive. Those who read both versions will notice that the burglar no longer carries a gun and the mother now holds a cell phone. Children may enjoy comparing the old and new versions, both of which are wonderfully silly, clever, and entertaining.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Publishers Weekly
In this series, a Great Dane consistently finds himself in humorous adventures such as flunking out of obedience school, getting disguised as a stegosaurus, behaving like a cat, and getting trapped in a hot air balloon. PW called the "action-filled, colorful pictures, as funny as the story." Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The exuberant Pinkerton defeats all the family's attempts to teach him to behave. He misinterprets every simple command from "come" to "fetch" and considers a burglar his best friend. After his fellow students at obedience school begin to follow Pinkerton instead of the teacher, he is summarily dismissed from school. In a series of wonderful illustrations, however, Pinkerton saves the day as his family issues mixed-up commands. He successfully chases a burglar out the window as his young owner shouts "Come!" The first book in a series begun in 1979, this book and other Pinkerton books are nursery school and family favorites. Preschoolers delight in the verbal and visual confusion and jokes. 1979, Puffin Books/Penguin Group,
— Elisabeth Greenberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803741300
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 9/4/2014
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 35
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 174,356
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Kellogg is a beloved author and illustrator who has published than 100 picture books, including the classics The Mysterious Tadpole, Can I Keep Him?, The Island of the Skog, Is Your Mama a Llama?, and this book, Pinkerton, Behave!, which was on Horn Book and Booklist’s Best of the Year lists and led to four sequels. A winner of the Regina Medal for his lifetime contribution to children’s literature, Steven Kellogg’s books have received numerous accolades, such as being named Reading Rainbow featured selections and winning the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Award, and the Parents’ Choice Award.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    Wish the Pinkerton books were available in Nook format. Loved th

    Wish the Pinkerton books were available in Nook format. Loved them as a kid.

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