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Marley: A Dog Like No Other (Movie Tie-In Edition)

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by John Grogan

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With an appetite for nearly anything he can get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry, Marley is always getting into trouble. But to his family, he is a dog like no other. In this adaptation of his #1 New York Times bestselling Marley & Me, John Grogan brings the Labrador retriever's heartwarming antics to life—and shows how one


With an appetite for nearly anything he can get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry, Marley is always getting into trouble. But to his family, he is a dog like no other. In this adaptation of his #1 New York Times bestselling Marley & Me, John Grogan brings the Labrador retriever's heartwarming antics to life—and shows how one big, rambunctious dog can teach a family what really matters in life.

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Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Grogan's Marley & Me was an international best-seller; here, Grogan provides an "adaptation" of the original for middle-grade readers. The result is a delightful, accessible ode to "the world's worst dog." Marley eats paper towels, wine corks, and chess pieces. He loves to race after a thrown stick but refuses to bring it back. He is kicked out of obedience school. He pukes and poops amazing volumes, always preferring to deposit his offerings on the fancy rug. He all but destroys the house during thunderstorms. Even Grogan's wife at one point declares, "I want him gone. I want him out of here for good." But Marley reforms enough to be allowed to stay, gets the part of "a big, dumb, loopy dog" in a film, and falls in love with snow after the family moves from Florida to (as one Grogan child calls it) "the land of pencils," a.k.a. Pennsylvania. Finally, heartbreakingly, Marley grows old and infirm, and the Grogan family has to say its wrenching good-byes. While young readers might miss having a child protagonist with whom to identify, Marley is lovable enough to make up for the lack. Grogan's latest version of his memoir should find its way into the hands and hearts of all kids who love, have loved or will love a dog. This paperback tie-in edition to the "major motion picture" includes color photos of "the real dog who inspired the movie"—or, should we say, the real dog who inspired the real book that inspired the movie? Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Marley Series
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Marley Movie Tie-in Edition

A Dog Like No Other

By John Grogan
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2008

John Grogan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061686085

Chapter One And Puppy Makes Three

"Slow down, dingo, or you're going to miss it," Jenny scolded. "It should be coming up any second." Jenny was my wife. That January evening in 1991, we were driving through inky blackness across what had once been Florida swampland. We had been married for a little over a year and decided it was time for another family member. A dog, to be exact. We were on our way to look at a litter of Labrador retrievers.

Our headlights shined on a mailbox. The numbers on the side reflected back at us. This was the place. I turned up a gravel drive that led into a large wooded property. There was a pond in front of the house and a small barn out back. At the door, a woman named Lori greeted us, with a big, calm yellow Labrador retriever by her side.

"This is Lily, the proud mama," Lori said. Lily's stomach was still swollen even though she'd given birth five weeks before.

Jenny and I got on our knees, and Lily happily accepted our affection. She was just what we pictured a Lab would be—sweet natured, affectionate, calm, and beautiful.

"Where's the father?" I asked.

"Oh," the woman said, hesitating for just a fraction of a second. "Sammy Boy? He's around here somewhere." She quickly added, "I imagine you're dying to see thepuppies."

Lori led us through the kitchen into a utility room. The puppies stumbled all over one another as they rushed to check out the strangers.

Jenny gasped. "I don't think I've ever seen anything so cute in my life," she said.

The litter consisted of five females and four males. Lori was asking $400 for the females and $375 for the males. One of the males seemed particularly smitten with us. He was the goofiest of the group and charged into us. Somersaulting into our laps, he clawed his way up our shirts to lick our faces. He gnawed on our fingers with surprisingly sharp baby teeth and stomped clumsy circles around us on giant paws that were way too big for the rest of his body.

"That one there you can have for three hundred fifty dollars," Lori said.

"Aw, honey," Jenny cooed. "The little guy's on clearance!"

I had to admit he was pretty darn adorable. Frisky, too. Before I realized what he was up to, the rascal had chewed off half my watchband.

"We have to do the scare test," I said. I had told Jenny the story many times of picking out Saint Shaun when I was a boy. Sitting in this heap of pups, she rolled her eyes at me. "Seriously," I said. "It works."

I stood up and turned away from the puppies. Then I swung quickly back around, taking a sudden step toward them. I stomped my foot and barked out, "Hey!"

I didn't seem to scare any of them. But only one plunged forward to meet the assault head-on. It was Clearance Dog. He plowed full steam into me, throwing a cross-body block across my ankles. Then he pounced at my shoelaces as though he was convinced they were dangerous enemies that needed to be destroyed.

"I think it's fate," Jenny said.

"Ya think?" I said. I scooped him up and held him in one hand in front of my face, studying his mug. He looked at me with heart-melting brown eyes and then nibbled my nose. I plopped him into Jenny's arms, where he did the same to her. "He certainly seems to like us," I said.

Clearance Dog was ours. We wrote Lori a check, and she told us we could return to take the dog home with us in three weeks, when he was eight weeks old. We thanked her, gave Lily one last pat, and said good-bye.

Walking to the car, I threw my arm around Jenny's shoulder and pulled her tight to me. "Can you believe it?" I said. "We actually got our dog!"

Just as we were reaching the car, we heard a commotion coming from the woods. Something was crashing through the brush—and breathing very heavily. It sounded like a creature from a horror film. And it was coming our way. We froze, staring into the darkness. The sound grew louder and closer. Then in a flash the thing burst into the clearing and came charging in our direction, a yellow blur. A very big yellow blur. As it galloped past, without stopping or noticing us, we could see it was a large Labrador retriever. But it was nothing like sweet Lily. This one was soaking wet and covered up to its belly in mud and burrs. Its tongue hung out wildly to one side. Froth flew off its jowls as it barreled past. I detected an odd, slightly crazed, yet somehow joyous gaze in its eyes. It was as though this animal had just seen a ghost—and couldn't possibly be more thrilled about it.

Then, with the roar of a stampeding herd of buffalo, it was gone, around the back of the house and out of sight. Jenny let out a little gasp.

"I think," I said, a slight queasiness rising in my gut, "we just met Dad."


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Meet the Author

John Grogan is the author of the #1 adult bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, which inspired the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other. He is also the author of the #1 bestselling picture books Bad Dog, Marley! and A Very Marley Christmas. John lives with his wife and three children and their dogs, Gracie and Woodson, 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.

Brief Biography

Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:
March 20, 1957
Place of Birth:
Detroit, Michigan
B.A. in Journalism and English, Central Michigan University, 1979; M.A. in Journalism, The Ohio State University, 1986

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A dog lover's best read, this book is a wonderful page-turner. The plot progresses well, it is easily related to by anyone who has ever had a dog, and has you loving the characters early on. Marley sounds like an interesting dog to have, haha. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and be surprised in this amazing book. Five stars no doubt! I reccomend to anyone at all.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In this condensed version of John Grogan's best-selling MARLEY & ME, the author has written an adapted version of his life and times with his Labrador Retriever, Marley, that's perfect for younger readers.

Having read and fully enjoyed MARLEY & ME when it was first released, I was a little anxious to see how Mr. Grogan would handle a shorter, easier-to-read version for the middle-grade set. Fortunately, MARLEY: A DOG LIKE NO OTHER is a fun, vibrant, and compelling read that even older elementary school students will enjoy.

When John and his wife, Jenny, first pick Marley out from a litter of pure-blood Labradors, they have no idea that their small bundle of fur with the big paws and blocky head will eventually turn into a 97-pound drool-machine full of nerves, excitement, and limitless energy. This short story (196 pages) is a testament to the trials, tribulations, and ultimate loyalty of a dog who ended up starring in a feature film.

Marley is the type of dog that you love, despite his flaws (and there are many!), and even the youngest of readers will be overjoyed to read about the trouble that he finds himself in on a daily basis. And, I admit, I shed a few tears towards the end of this book, but they were well worth it, because Marley was worth it.

One great benefit of this version of Marley's story are the numerous full-color photographs that the author has included. This addition alone makes MARLEY: A DOG LIKE NO OTHER an asset to your home library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my birthday and looked at the title and decided to check it out. after i had read the first chaapter, i was hooked. this book is so funny and makes you cry, laugh, and scream along with the charachters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great story. It's funny,cute,and a little sad at the end but all together a great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 10 and love this book it is so hart warming i cried and im a boy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I demand you to get this book. It is great. I am NOT KIDING.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book only the ending is so sad. I think people should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its about a dog who throws up on the beach and sleeps for a very long time and then died. It makes me want to crie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very sad! Marley is a heart warming story of a dog. I loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book alot i really liked chapter 1 it was a pretty funny chapter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marley is a funny dog who never gives up for you he love you but can be funny half the time and also rough . I would love to marley as a dog but i've a dog called harley I LOVE MARLEY ! A dog like no other ( expect for my dog (: lol ! )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book alots of times i reccomend you to get this book
Emmanuel243 5 months ago
The book Marley a Dog Like No Other, by John Grogan, is about a man named John and a dog called Marley. The genre of this book is nonfiction because there it is based on a true story. The conflict of this book is that Marley is a horrible pet and keeps swallowing priceless items. The theme of this book is, the friendship of dog and man will stay golden forever. For example, in the book when Marley did something bad John always forgiven Marley. For instance, in chapter 10 Marley swallowed a priceless necklace but John still forgave Marley. I would recommend this book to other fifth grade elementary students. One reason is that it is very funny. It is funny because Marley poops in the water at the beach and everyone at the beach freaks out. My second reason, is that it is very entertaining. It is entertaining because of all the hilarious,exciting,and sad moments in the book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Thi$ i$ one of my most favorite book$ and i recomend it
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is a great book but it can be a sad book at the some time because the dog dieds at the end and the owner are upset because they have too get read of the dog because they are having a baby and they dont went the baby around the dog because it can hurt the baby i have seen the movie and now i am readimg the book the movie is so much better then the book
Anonymous 10 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I go to traweek middle school i like some one at are school.
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I am reading it right now!!! Isn't that awesome!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
marley like all dog books will make you sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marley is hilarious!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elsa tried as hard to get out of her chains.It didn't work.Elsa tried a second time.It worked! So, at night, Olaf asked Elsa to get the keys.Elsa got the keys and unlocked them.They were free! "Such nice air to breath in." Olaf said.They wondered if Hans would find them agian.So sorry that this was a very short chapter, but the next chapter will be on Shiloh.By the way, I've decided that threr will only be 26 chapters in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The truth is marley got ran over by a car