by Peter Brown


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From New York Times bestselling author Peter Brown comes a hilarious and heartwarming story that introduces a uniquely endearing character: a weird but loveable bulldog who learns to make friends by being true to his quirks.

As hard as he tries, Chowder has never managed to fit in with the other neighborhood dogs. While the neighborhood dogs are content to fetch newspapers and take walks, Chowder spends his days on the computer, dancing with his headphones, and using his favorite toy of all, his telescope. But being different makes Chowder lonely. When a petting zoo opens, Chowder is determined to make friends with the zoo animals. And with a strong kick and a flying leap, Chowder finally finds a place where he can be comfortable being his silly, slobbery self.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316200882
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Series: A Chowder Book Series
Pages: 30
Sales rank: 416,146
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is

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Chowder 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so refreshingly different and funny, not at all treacly sweet. Chowder is a dog who is very different, and so are his owners. He can't make friends with other dogs because they think he's weird. So when he sees an ad for a petting zoo opening up at the local grocery store, he decides to make friends with the animals there. Even after an initial gaff, he doesn't give up. He's resourceful and inventive, and the other animals, who are impressed, respond by being helpful and inclusive. This is one of my 4 1/2 year-old daughter's favorite new books -- and mine! -- it's a fun read, especially if you pay attention to the visual jokes! Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Chowder is an absolutely adorable and much needed character exmaple. He shows that our differences make us unique and special. It is an important message to send to children. Especially to ever growing population of so-called personalities that teach kids that they should all be the same. Let us take our examples from something that cherishes our differences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chowder is a great book. My 2 1/2 year old loves it!!! He wants to read it everyday! Even my 7 year old loves the story. Chowder is a lovable dog!! Great story about finding a place to 'fit in'.
xhfxfoigbi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
chowder is a funny dog and wants everything his way! this is a very funny book!
gothydevil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chowder is not your normal drooling bull dog! He has loving owners and isn't the brightest dog on the block! Chowder wants to do things like look into microscopes and play kick ball.Chowder doesn't have many this book to find out how he finds more!!!