The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog

The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog

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by Dav Pilkey

Big Dog is ready for some fun. Little Dog is ready, too. Join these irresistible puppy pals on five zippy adventures, together for the first time in one cozy picture book.


Big Dog is ready for some fun. Little Dog is ready, too. Join these irresistible puppy pals on five zippy adventures, together for the first time in one cozy picture book.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Everyone loves Big Dog and Little Dog!
"Pilkey's sweet, simple text and bright illustrations of mild-faced pooches . . . are an irresistible combination."—Publishers Weekly

"Two canine buddies—one pint-size, one humongous—demonstrate the meaning of big and little as they eat, sleep, frolic, and make gentle mischief together in these warmhearted, amusing . . . books."—Parenting Magazine

"The simple sentence structure and repetitive text [are] ideal for those just learning to read."—School Library Journal
The Barnes & Noble Review
Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey brings together five funny, easy-to-read stories starring two feisty pooch pals, Big Dog and Little Dog.

Whether mistaking a skunk for a kitty or playing in the mud, these canines start each adventure innocently and get into antics that will keep you in stitches. "Making a Mistake" has Big Dog and Little Dog's outdoor walk leading to a foul run-in with the skunk -- and a big party mess -- while "Getting in Trouble" shows the two taking living room play time to ripped-couch levels. Similarly, "Going for a Walk" has them frolicking in dirt, puddles, and after-walk bath time, and the final story, "Wearing Sweaters," shows doggy teamwork so that Big Dog can have his own sweater.

These critters are a frisky pair that children, parents, and dog lovers will fall for. Pilkey's refreshing, bright illustrations convey a simple humor and underlying mischief that reflect a real doggy's personality through and through, and with all the Big Dog and Little Dog stories together in one valuable collection, the feisty antics and tail-wagging friendship are sure to make for a howling good time. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
Treasured picture books return to delight a new generation of readers. The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog collects five stories about Dav Pilkey's mischievous canines originally published as board books. Big Dog and Little Dog mistake a skunk for a kitty, take a very muddy walk, have a grand time playing with the couch and generally wreak large and small amounts of havoc in this genially naughty compendium (often with a fun twist at the end, such as arriving from the skunk encounter to find a party; the guests are none too happy to greet them). Spare artwork of thick black India ink outlines and solid acrylic colors match the simple text. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Five Big Dog and Little Dog stories previously published are collected here for the pre-reader or early reader. Each previously published book appears now as a chapter in this series of adventures. The first chapter has the dogs being fed, trying to settle down in their separate beds, and then cuddling up together for a good sleep. The second tale has them mistaking a skunk for a kitten and getting a big surprise before returning home in time for a party (to the dismay of their owner and her guests!). Next their owner takes them for a walk during which they play in the mud and puddles. When they return home and are given baths, they are ready to go again. The last two adventures have them chewing up a sofa and finding a sweater for Big Dog to wear just as Little Dog wears his. The simple drawings are thickly outlined in India ink and colored in bright acrylics. The expressions on the dogs' faces are winsome, and the obvious closeness of this seemingly mismatched pair makes for gently humorous entertainment. New readers will learn from the repetition of phrases and will undoubtedly want to read these chapters over and over. 2003, Harcourt,

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Big Dog and Little Dog Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

DAV PILKEY is the creator of many acclaimed children's books, including Dogzilla, Kat Kong, god bless the gargoyles, and the bestselling Captain Underpants series. His book The Paperboy received a Caldecott Honor. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 and 2 year old recently discovered this book and have wanted it for their bedtime story for a week straight! It's simple and easy to understand (and memorize), but it's witty at the same time. The humor is what my 5 year old likes. Children and adults who own dogs will enjoy the stories even more as they will relate to each of them. We are a book-loving family, and we would all rate this among our very favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter is crazy about dogs and loves these stories. They are simple and short, so she is aleady memorizing them. I don't think they will hold her interest much past her second birthday, but for the moment they are perfect.