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Bark, George (1999)

by Jules Feiffer

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I really liked this book for its humor. A puppy can't seem to find the noise he is supposed to make, and it really gets readers into the story and laughing. It doesn't have much depth, but it could be the book that makes a child fall in love with reading. The language is really simple, but the writing flows well. The characters are pretty well developed, and overall the story is funny and cute accompanied by unique illustrations. ( )
  tburfe1 | Dec 3, 2014 |
Good for young/early readers. It goes through different animal sounds and almost leaves the reader hanging at the end. It is good to talk about "What do you think is happening?" or "why do you think this is going on?" ( )
  Kayla_d92 | Sep 27, 2014 |
Bark, George is a hilarious little book. George’s mother cannot get him to bark. Her pup says meow, quack, oink, and moo, but never arf. She takes George to the vet who pulls out a cat, a duck, a pig, and even a cow. Finally George is able to bark. On the way home, George gives his mother another surprise.

Pictures are simple but highly expressive and comical. Two delightful illustrations are when George barks for the first time and when George gratefully licks the vet for solving his problem.

Each page contains 1 to 3 sentences. There is one challenging word – latex. This book would be perfect to read to preschoolers or for early readers to enjoy themselves. It’s guaranteed to bring a lot of giggles. Children might like to discuss what other animals George could swallow and what other sounds he could make.

This book would translate well into an interactive oral storytelling. Children could provide the sounds. The adult can say, “Bark, George.” And the child could respond with an animal sound.

This book could easily become a bedtime favorite. Highly recommended. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Aug 21, 2014 |
An absolute favourite for storytime! George's mother's face when he doesn't bark is hysterical. I love the ending too! Highly recommended. ( )
  NurseryVersery | May 23, 2014 |
In my opinion, this is good picture book. The book uses a lot of repetition, and it makes it an easy read. For example, “Bark, George. George went: “Meow.” “No George,” said George’s mother. “Cats go meow. Dogs go arf. Now, bark, George.” I like the language in this book, and the reoccurrence of onomatopoeias, “quack-quack,” “meow.” It makes reading it aloud fun. I also thought the illustrations were great. Even though the majority of pictures only contained George and his mother, the facial expressions given to the dogs are hilarious, and fit the storyline perfectly. I do not think there is a central message to this book. ( )
  kjacks26 | Mar 30, 2014 |
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When George's mother tells her son to bark, he meows. She patiently explains that "Cats go meow. Dogs go arf. Now, bark, George." But he quacks! Then oinks. Then moos. Becoming less patient and more exasperated, George's mom takes him to the vet, who reaches deep down inside the errant pup, and, much to everyone's surprise, pulls out a cat! Then a duck, a pig, and finally a cow. George is cured, and barks at last! On the way home, his proud mother wants to show off her convincingly doglike son to everyone on the street. But when she says, "Bark, George," he simply says, "Hello." This is the simplest offering yet from Jules Feiffer--creator of the delightful picture books Meanwhile and I Lost My Bear. Still, his cartoonish drawings are intensely expressive, alive, and hilarious. None of it will be lost on the youngest of readers who will giggle every time George fails to bark, every time the vet extracts a new animal, and at the final punchline, too. In a world of often overdone or underdone picture books, this fine Feiffer creation is just right. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by Jules Feiffer. Permission by HarperCollins Publishers.) (Ages 2 and older) --Karin Snelson

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George is a puppy who does not sound like a puppy should, despite the efforts of his mother.

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