Pug and Doug

Pug and Doug

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by Steve Breen
     
 

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Step aside, Bert and Ernie, the new odd couple is here! 

Pug and Doug are best friends. They both love doughnuts, bird watching, and polka music. They are also very different. Doug has a big imagination. Pug…not so much. When a misunderstanding between the friends hurts Doug’s feelings, Pug must find a way to set things right.  

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Step aside, Bert and Ernie, the new odd couple is here! 

Pug and Doug are best friends. They both love doughnuts, bird watching, and polka music. They are also very different. Doug has a big imagination. Pug…not so much. When a misunderstanding between the friends hurts Doug’s feelings, Pug must find a way to set things right.  

This charming and hilarious odd-couple friendship story is perfect for best buddies who usually, but don’t always, see eye-to-eye.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A misunderstanding pushes a canine friendship to the brink in this quietly humorous story from Breen (The Secret of Santa’s Island). Best pals Pug and Doug know well each other’s strengths and shortcomings (“Doug was artistic. Pug not so much,” writes Breen, showing Doug sculpting a passable version of Rodin’s The Thinker out of snow, while Pug’s snowman is a misshapen mutant). Lovers of polka music and bird-watching, they have always successfully navigated any bumps in their relationship, but when Doug finds a shared memento in Pug’s trashcan and spies a diary entry that reads, “I’m really sick of old Doug,” he’s thrown for a loop. Doug leaves Pug an “I’m sorry we can’t be friends anymore” note, and while Pug is initially baffled, he quickly figures out what happened and goes full bore trying to set things right. Breen juggles a variety of engaging perspectives throughout his mixed-media compositions, including occasional comic strip–style panel sequences. Readers will recognize the ebb and flow of friendship and the importance of clear communication—especially when it comes to half-finished diary entries about old doughnuts. Ages 3–5. Agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency. (Jan.)
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Praise for Pug and Doug:
"Readers will relate to the bruised feelings, mistaken mix-ups, challenges and ultimate joys of best friendship.  Let's just hope Pug and Doug return for more adventures." -Kirkus Reviews
  “Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Breen uses a soft color palette; occasional panel sequences and visual gags; and affable, childlike characters to create a quirky, canine-populated world that will appeal to a wide audience, especially boys.” –Booklist

"The straightforward story is imbued with humor, and the story lends itself well to reading aloud to a group. Educators looking for books on relationships and communication will find a lot to like in this pleasant addition." -School Library Journal

"A heart-warming tale….Anyone interested in a great story of friendship will add this title to their reading list.…A special read-aloud selection that offers opportunities for discussion." -Library Media Connection (Starred)

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Praise for Pug and Doug:
"Readers will relate to the bruised feelings, mistaken mix-ups, challenges and ultimate joys of best friendship.- Let's just hope Pug and Doug return for more adventures." -Kirkus Reviews
“Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Breen uses a soft color palette; occasional panel sequences and visual gags; and affable, childlike characters to create a quirky, canine-populated world that will appeal to a wide audience, especially boys.” -Booklist

"The straightforward story is imbued with humor, and the story lends itself well to reading aloud to a group. Educators looking for books on relationships and communication will find a lot to like in this pleasant addition." -School Library Journal

"A heart-warming tale….Anyone interested in a great story of friendship will add this title to their reading list.…A special read-aloud selection that offers opportunities for discussion." -Library Media Connection (Starred) - review feed

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Watching movies and going bird-watching are just a few activities that Pug and Doug enjoy doing together. They are the best of friends even with some of their differences. For instance, Doug is more artistic than Pug and Pug is more moody than Doug. A problem occurs when Doug feels that their friendship is breaking apart. Doug finds a photograph of the two of them in the garbage and Pug is preoccupied and busy with another friend when Doug goes over to Pug's house. Worst of all, Doug sees an entry in Pug's journal where Pug wrote that he was "really sick of old Doug." Find out how the misunderstandings create a nearly permanent break up between friends and enjoy the humorous twist at the end of the story. The pictures provide support to the plot. Some of the illustrations include speech bubbles; the conversation between the characters provides further details of support to the storyline. Children may enjoy reading about how Pug and Doug learn work through a problem. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This sweet friendship tale imparts its message with gentle humor and minimal didacticism. Pups Pug and Doug are best friends. They like many of the same things, but Doug is sensitive and creative and Pug sometimes likes to be alone. One day Pug doesn't have time for Doug, and, through a series of misunderstandings, Doug decides that his pal is sick of him. When Pug comes by to bring Doug a birthday present, a parrot, he finds a good-bye note on the door. Understanding Doug's misinterpretations, Pug tracks down his friend and explains everything, Doug apologizes for jumping to conclusions, and the two reconcile. The straightforward story is imbued with humor that is underlined in the mixed-media illustrations, and the story lends itself well to reading aloud to a group. Purple Doug (a hound) and beige-and-brown Pug dress in clothes, live in houses, watch Jurassic Bark on TV, and read Hairy Potter. The cartoon-style illustrations move the story along well, with a mix of panels, single pages, and spreads. Educators looking for books on relationships and communication will find a lot to like in this pleasant addition.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Kirkus Reviews
How can two best friends that have a lot in common come to terms with their differences and resolve a huge misunderstanding? Leave it to these canine buddies to show how it is done. Pale yellow Pug and pastel purple Doug both enjoy munching on day-old doughnuts, dancing to polka music and greeting each other with "a secret pawshake," but they have unique personalities and preferences. Doug is artistic, imaginative and dramatic. Pug, not so much. In fact, "Doug thought that sometimes Pug could be a real stick-in-the-mud." But Pug is actually quite loyal, methodical and persistent. When Doug glimpses an unfinished entry in Pug's journal and misinterprets a few of Pug's earlier actions, his imagination leads him to believe that Pug does not like him anymore. Pug realizes what has happened and sets out with dogged determination to make things right and successfully plan a birthday surprise. Cartoonist Breen gets the pacing and tone just right. The layout features varied sets of panels along with a few dramatic full-bleed spreads executed in mixed media of watercolor, acrylics and colored pencil. This design enhances the reading experience by turning a gentle, humorous story into a bit of a page turner. Readers will relate to the bruised feelings, mistaken mix-ups, challenges and ultimate joys of best friendship. Let's just hope Pug and Doug return for more adventures. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803735217
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/10/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Breen is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist whose comic strip Grand Avenue appears weekly in over 150 newspapers nationwide. He graduated from the University of California at Riverside with a degree in political science, and now works on the staff of the San Diego Union-Tribune. He lives with his wife and five children in San Diego County.

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Pug and Doug 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for anyone who loves Bert & Ernie or Frog & Toad. These best buddies don't always see eye-to-eye, but they use good communication to solve their misunderstandings. The art is terrific and there are so many funny details to find - especially the very last joke. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This does not look good and im not getting it