Pinkerton, Behave!by Steven Kellogg
Pinkerton doesn't understand his owner's commands. When told to come, he jumps out the window. When asked to fetch the newspaper, he destroys it. Pinkerton's desperate owner sends 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.
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
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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Wish the Pinkerton books were available in Nook format. Loved them as a kid.