A Very Marley Christmas (Marley Series)
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A Very Marley Christmas (Marley Series)

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by John Grogan, Richard Cowdrey
     
 

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With all the excitement of Christmas approaching, it's no surprise that Marley, the lovable pup with a nose for trouble, wants to get in on the action. Anticipating his very first snowfall and Santa's arrival, Marley jumps in to help his family every way he can. But Marley, being Marley, always ends up on the wrong side of right. It's not long before he tears down the…  See more details below

Overview

With all the excitement of Christmas approaching, it's no surprise that Marley, the lovable pup with a nose for trouble, wants to get in on the action. Anticipating his very first snowfall and Santa's arrival, Marley jumps in to help his family every way he can. But Marley, being Marley, always ends up on the wrong side of right. It's not long before he tears down the twinkle lights, attacks a chain of paper snowflakes, and mistakes the Christmas tree for . . . well . . . his very own indoor bathroom. Will Marley's good intentions ruin everything before Christmas begins? Or will he manage to share some Christmas magic with his family after all?

This follow-up to the #1 bestselling Bad Dog, Marley! delivers a heartfelt holiday story with many hilarious Marley mishaps along the way.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

The pup from Grogan's nonfiction title Marley: A Dog Like No Other (HarperCollins, 2007) returns in a picture book. This slight story records the yellow Lab's destructive puppy antics. The repetition of "Bad dog, Marley!" seems antithetical to current, positive-reinforcement-based pet-training techniques, but one can understand the frustration as the pup ruins project after project for every family member. Cowdrey's illustrations do their best to showcase Marley's exuberance and joie de vivre, but only partially succeed. Better dog stories abound.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Grogan continues his Marley franchise with his third children's book about the boisterous yellow lab, rearranging the chronology of the family history slightly so that there are already two children in the family when Marley arrives. During the Christmas preparations, Marley jumps in the box of ornaments, runs off with the strings of lights, knocks over the tree and then uses it for his "indoor bathroom." He pulls down decorations, runs through a painting project in one delightfully messy illustration and finally shakes snow all over the family's new toboggan in a conclusion that falls a little flat. The story is smoothly told but not in a particularly funny or original way, and the dialogue includes a lot of unintelligible and annoying baby talk from the toddler son. The humorous illustrations of Marley are the volume's best feature, but they really portray just a string of typical incidences of Marley misbehavior rather than a meaningful story. It may be time for this overworked pup to take a rest. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061372926
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Series:
Marley Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
637,422
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

John Grogan is the author of the #1 international bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other, and three #1 best-selling picture books: Bad Dog, Marley!, A Very Marley Christmas, and Marley Goes to School. John lives with his wife and their three children in the Pennsylvania countryside.

John Grogan ha sido un premiado reportero gráfico y columnista por más de veinticinco años. Vive en Pensilvania con su esposa Jenny y sus tres hijos.

Richard Cowdrey has illustrated numerous books for children, including Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan, Animal Lullabies by Pam Conrad, and Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. He is the owner of a yellow Labrador, Murray, whose behavior is remarkably similar to Marley's. He lives in Ohio with his wife and children.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:
March 20, 1957
Place of Birth:
Detroit, Michigan
Education:
B.A. in Journalism and English, Central Michigan University, 1979; M.A. in Journalism, The Ohio State University, 1986
Website:
http://www.marleyandme.com

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Very Marley Christmas 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Lynda Feich More than 1 year ago
Im only 6 and i love it
Shyama Anand More than 1 year ago
This is such a cute book, My 5 year old daughter and 8 year old son love reading Marley.
CamAshMom More than 1 year ago
I have a 4 year old son and he loves Marley. He first "met" Marley by watching the movie and we have been buying the Marley books since then. He saw this one at the store when we were shopping during the holidays so I got it for him. He thinks Marley is silly and the book makes him laugh out loud.
Elle-Dinnell More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my granddaughter who loves books on animals. She has a puppy of her own and he acts a lot like Marley. The pictures are great.
Readingmom33 More than 1 year ago
Marley's back for Christmas mischief. Bad, yet loveable as ever, Marley continues to be Marley through and through. Great follow-up book.
John Hudson More than 1 year ago
omg marley is the cutest thing u have ever seen i love maley read more marley books!!!!!!!!!
Nikki M More than 1 year ago
marly rocks!!! read more marly!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for this book to come out I read the original and it was an outstanding book then I got the kids version for my daughter she also loved it (I did to) and now i can't wait to get her this one!! (Me to)
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