A Very Marley Christmas

A Very Marley Christmas

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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 join in. Anticipating his very first snowfall and Santa’s arrival, Marley jumps in to help his family in every way he can. But while Marley may have good intentions, it’s not long before he tears down the twinkle lights

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Overview

With all the excitement of Christmas approaching, it’s no surprise that Marley, the lovable pup with a nose for trouble, wants to join in. Anticipating his very first snowfall and Santa’s arrival, Marley jumps in to help his family in every way he can. But while Marley may have good intentions, it’s not long before he tears down the twinkle lights, attacks a paper chain of snowflakes, and mistakes the Christmas tree for . . . well . . . his very own indoor bathroom. Will Marley’s rowdiness ruin Christmas, or will he find a way to share some holiday magic with his family? Packed with hilarious Marley bad-boy antics, this follow-up to the #1 bestselling Bad Dog, Marley! delivers a heartfelt holiday story. 

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:
9780062113672
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/23/2014
Series:
Marley Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
252,732
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 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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