Bad Dog is one big troublemaker. When he notices that his master isn't around the house, Bad Dog searches for him, creating chaos wherever he goes. On a prowl through the local elementary school, this canine erases the teacher's lesson, makes pawprints on the kids' posterstet singular and slobbers on the fishbowl. His greatest act of devastation, however, occurs at the Natural History Museum, where he decides to nibble on a dinosaur's tail bone and brings the whole structure crashing down on himself. Delaney's colorful illustrations depict a lovable, clumsy dog and a series of whimsically conceived humans. This is just the sort of goofy good fun that beginning readers love. Ages 4-7. (September)
PreS-Gr 2 Bad Dog goes searching for his missing master and gets kicked off a bus, escorted out of school, asked to leave the subway, ushered from the opera, tossed out of a cab, and ends up at the pound where he is at last claimed by his master. The Old Man exclaims over Bad Dog's ``running away'' while the dog can only wag his tail and smile at the ironic twist. Delaney has rendered Bad Dog as both winsomely destructive and mischievously cuddlesome. The full-color cartoons should provide a chuckle or two for preschoolers and beginning readers. Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, McKinney, Tex.