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Some Swell Pup: Or, Are You Sure You Want a Dog?

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  79 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
"A book for everyone who has ever trained a puppy, or plans to take on the project. It is instructive, and fun. Not just for children."--Robert D. Hale, Boston Entertaining Arts. Full-color illustrations.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1989 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published May 1st 1986)
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Oct 24, 2014 Pam rated it it was ok
Sometimes Sendak has it, sometimes (like this book) not. The pictures are great, and I think the moral of the story is right - be kind and patient with your new puppy - but it's not made very clear in the text. The writing is lacking something. The format is really cool like a comic book, though. The summary on Goodreads says this book is "instructive" but if you really want instructions on how to care for your new puppy, I'd suggest heading to your local library in the non-fiction section for s ...more
Two small children mistreat a new puppy until an older dog instructs them on how to be patient and empathic towards their new puppy. Written in Sunday comics style it can be viewed as a brilliant manual on how to be a decent parent - of canine or human child. Sensitive. Appealing colorful art.
Michael Fitzgerald
Apr 04, 2016 Michael Fitzgerald rated it it was ok
One of Sendak's weaker efforts. Eminently skippable.
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Jan 24, 2016 Johara Almogbel rated it it was ok
Er. Interesting, er, book?
Jun 06, 2012 Bobby rated it really liked it
A sweet little book wherein Sendak expresses his love of dogs as well as some basic foundations for having and raising a puppy. Would be an excellent book to help teach a youngster, not to mention many adults, how to be a good puppy daddy or mommy!
May 22, 2012 Mustang rated it really liked it
Shelves: mb, jf, as
I thought it was okay because the puppy would kind of act like a person. The kids would not liste to learn how to take care of the pup.-mb

I thought this was a very good lesen on how to take care of a pupy.
Mar 20, 2009 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-children
It's definitely successful in teaching the lesson to kids that getting a dog is probably more work than they expect, and it's an amusing comic-book-style story, but all in all, not a hit, in my opinion.
Jul 18, 2013 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Dear dear Maurice Sendak. Tells the story of a couple of kids who want to adopt a dog and what they had to learn about owning a puppy.
Oct 04, 2012 Sasha rated it really liked it
One of those rare children's books that recognizes that children have intelligence and can recognize sarcasm.
Jan 25, 2010 Anica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juneau-2nd-grade
read on vacation at Grandma and Grandpa's in California
Nov 28, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I loved this book when I was little.
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Maurice Bernard Sendak is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. An elementary school (from kindergarten to grade five) in North Hollywood, California is named in his honor.

Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Wal
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