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Good Boy, Fergus!

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  1,646 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Meet Fergus, the canine star of the upcoming book from Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon. Much like Shannon's beloved characters, David and Alice, the adorable Fergus is always getting in trouble!

Follow Fergus as he experiences the perfect doggy day--well, except for his bath, of course! From chasing cats and motorcycles to being scratched on his favorite "tickle spot,"
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by The Blue Sky Press
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I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who has ever had a dog. With each page, I laughed about how simply Shannon has captured both the joys and frustrations of owning a dog. The two page spread where the owner tries to get Fergus to come inside, going from polite calling to shouting desperation to pathetic begging all while Fergus innocently smells a tree, shows that Shannon knows the life of a dog owner. But, my favorite part of the book is a colorful four panel progression showin ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Zoe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dog lovers, children, people of any age
Shelves: favourites
Wow...I just read some of the reviews giving this book 1, 2 and 3 stars. I really don't understand this and some of the justifications are interesting. It's true that there isn't much story in here but the illustrations tell the story. There are many things for children to look for and to discuss with their guardians.

As a Westie owner myself I had to have this book. The images are gorgeous and I could relate to everything the owner endured and the dog did. I especially related to the centrefold
Not a lot of deep text, but a great story nonetheless. Anyone with a dog will be able to relate to this one, and children are no exception. Something that kept all my aged children engaged, we all enjoyed this one.
Emily Scott
This book starts off with a really interesting technique called end pages. Not all authors use end pages but they are a cute add in to story books and provide a few more pictures for the children to look at. The end pages in Good Boy, Fergus have white backgrounds with a bunch of different pictures of bones all over them. The book tells a cute short story about a dog named Fergus. The book takes the reader through a perfect doggy day. Fergus enjoys everything that he does and has so much chasing ...more
Alexis Kydon
The book Good Boy Fergus! is about a man and his dog. It's mostly about the dog's life. Fergus is just like your average dog. He doesn't listen right away all of the time. He likes to go outside and get dirty. He enjoys to eat and be loved. It's a nice book to read to a kid that has a pet. Fergus likes to eat and chase after things. The whole book is just a bunch of commands to the dog and it although the owner of the dog is never formally introduced, it's clear how much he loves his dog.
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Michaela George
Fergus is a good boy. He chases after cats, he doesn't listen when he is called inside, he eats dirt and flowers. He also really doesn't like to take baths and he doesn't really follow any of his demands. Overall you would think that Fergus doesn't do anything right. What a trouble maker. But Fergus gets everything he wants, he even gets cream whip on his dog food. He is spoiled because he is so lovable. Even though he does many things that are wrong you can't stay mad at him. It doesn't get any ...more
Araceli Aispuro
Fergus is a good boy. He chases after cats, he doesn't listen when he being called inside, he eats dirt and flowers, and he really doesn't like to take baths, he doesn't really follow any of his demands. But Fergus gets everything he wants, he even gets cream whip on his dog food. It doesn't get any better than that. Fergus is a good boy!

Good Boy, Fergus is a great children's book. This book as mentioned in our text has illustrations that not only do not match the text but contradict the story.
Hannah Baumgartner
I love this book because dogs are cute and innocent animals! David Shannon wrote and illustrated this book. In the front matter there is a picture of fungus biting a stuffed monkey. The look in Fergus's eye's are so adventurous and innocent, it sets the tone for this picture book. Fergus is like a human toddler in that he doesn't always follow directions but he is happy and set out to go experience life.

David Shannon has many double-page spreads with a full-bleed of color, not leaving any white
Heather Langendorff
Fergus is a good boy. He chases after cats, he doesn't listen when he is called inside, he eats dirt and flowers, and he really doesn't like to take baths, and he doesn't really follow any of his demands. But Fergus gets everything he wants, ;he even gets cream whip on his dog food. It doesn't get any better than that. Fergus is a good boy! He is adorable, and always gets into trouble by his owners. I loved this book and would recommend it to my students. They can follow him around and be in the ...more
Samantha Mckay
Good Boy Fergus is about David Shannon’s real dog, and him taking Fergus out of the house. They try and leave but Fergus sees a cat and goes running after it. David eventually gets him back in the house and tells him to do things like sit, roll over, and sit down. Fergus instead lies down and just sits there, but David says good boy anyway. He makes a mess in the house and causes a ruckus when they leave the house. Throughout the book Fergus does whatever he wants and shows he’s the boss of the ...more
If everyone in the world owned a Westie, I would give this book a five-star rating because then everyone in the world would understand how completely this captures their (BIG) little personalities. (I am in fact still wondering when it was that David Shannon snuck into my house to so perfectly capture my Westie's most adorable moments, and why he thought he needed to rename Duncan as Fergus...) But since not everyone in a Westie lover like me, I'll give this book three stars for being a cute sto ...more
Matthew West
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humorous picture book on what a human says to their dog on a daily basis.
Ally Copper
"Good Boy, Fergus" by David Shannon is about an adorable dog named Fergus and what he does on a typical day. In this picture book, text is rendered creatively, like it's part of the illustrations rather than printed by a type setter. Though it's a different "font," it's the same technique Shannon uses in his "David" series. The large text that dances across the page with the pictures ties the story and the illustrations together, but also draws attention to the words to help early and pre-reader ...more
Casey Brock
Reading level: K-low 1

Shannon uses much of the same pictures types of that used in the "David" books. The illustrations are very child-like and appear to be draw by a child. The dog is the only white thing on most pages and stands out against the dark backgrounds. The text is written like a lot of his other books. Rather than being in straight lines, it is written much like a kindergarten child would write, all over the place. It's not typed like a chapter book, rather it is written like actual
Carole Roman

Fergus and David must live in the same household and boy oh boy- does that family have their hands full. Fergus is an adorable and frisky dog with a curious nature. Dog lover's everywhere will recognize both the joy and exasperation that comes with owning a pet. Fergus gets into everything, does not always listen and is a big responsibility, but the joy of pet ownership exceeds the workload. Great book about the reality of a pet, but the joy as well.
Kristin Falenski
The book Good Boy, Fergus! is about a dog who is very mischievous in what he does. It is similar to his other books in that Fergus is always getting into trouble for what he does. This is a very fun book for children to read and will entertain them as they read the whole book and look at the illustrations that are included. I really like that the illustrations that are included in this book enhance the story line. Another really interesting aspect about the book is that it seems to be drawn and ...more
Marissa Cuevas
Good boy Fergus is a story about a dog named Fergus who in real life is actually the author’s dog. Fergus does not listen to his owner; he does exactly the opposite of which he is told throughout the story. Throughout the book you are able to see the struggle of any pet owner who is trying to live with a pet.Towards the end Fergus is finally beginning to listen and then is rewarded by his owner with whipped cream on his dinner. The Illustrations are simple and very appealing to the eye. This Aut ...more
David Shannon is always a delight, but this one really spoke to me. Fergus is drawn in such a dynamic but still realistic style that it is evident that Shannon is an astute observer of his dog. I have a very good (but not obedient) dog like Fergus, and this book is like a portrait of him.
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Sometimes Fergus is a good boy, and at others he definitely seems to march to the beat of a different drum. He's a happy boy, though which everyone can easily see from the illustrations. Sure to please dog lovers/owners of all ages.
I did not enjoy this book as much as David Shannon's other books. I believe the intended audience was extremely small children. The illustrations were a little bit different from Shannon's typical books as they had unique framing.
As one of my family's favorite children's book, I looked forward to reading this one at a story time but wondered if it would go over as well with an audience. It did! All the kids fell in love with Fergus, a happy-go-lucky West Highland terrier, who is the star of this book. As Fergus progresses through his day the refrain "Good boy, Fergus!" is repeated over and over spite of the fact that Fergus rarely ever minds. The illustrations are bright and big and filled with humor and the t ...more
Every dog owner that world over, will identify with this account of the lovable schnauzer, Fergus. Fergus is a happy-go-lucky pooch who loves tickles, walks, dog food with whipped cream and leaving ‘presents’ on every landmark possible, i.e, fire hydrants, mailboxes, and car tires. The brightly colored, larger-than-life illustrations tell a story all by themselves. Not just a book for kids, but one in which a dog owner will relate to, as Fergus employs the same fun-loving, sweet antics that all ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Jo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dog lovers everywhere!
Hilariously funny! Anyone who has ever owned a dog will love this and be able to relate to Fergie's owner. The story follows Fergus through a typical day and it's definitely laugh out loud funny. It had me cracking up all the way through! My dog is very similar both in attitude and looks so I found it especially amusing. The part where he's trying to get Fergus to come into the house and when Fergus is begging at the dinner table are two things my dog and I go through together everyday!

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Pre-K to First Grade
Shannon’s vibrant illustrations depict boisterous scenes of a frisky puppy’s continuous antics. Fergus’ owner hilariously accepts behavior that is not-so-perfect (i.e., chasing felines and begging for meatballs) from this likeable, ornery pooch. Children will be drawn to the abundant colorful illustrations which fill every page and varying type styles. Repetition and the predictable format of the text allow beginning readers a chance to tell this charming story themselves.
Sep 02, 2007 Samantha rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschoolers
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. Whenever I read it to myself, or share it with a child one-on-one, I LOVE it. It's got great illustrations (David Shannon is one of the BEST) and Fergus is a fantastically irrepressible dog. I loved it so much the first time I read it, I planned a whole storytime around it. Then when I shared the book with a group, it just didn't work. I've tried in storytime 4 times now (I just can't seem to give up on it!), but I think I've got to move on. Someth ...more
Read this book to my students today. We laughed so hard that some of cried. Definitely my favorite by David Shannon. A must read for dog lovers young and old!
Andrew Miller
Good Boy, Fergus is an early read children's picture book. It especially hit home for me as I had a west highland white terrier through my entire childhood, that would do stuff in the excact same manner as Fergus - leading me to believe that David Shannon actually had this dog and was portraying his/her demeanor through this children's book. Unlike his other picture books however, this one has more words that are generally scattered - which can make them a bit difficult to read. Regardless, this ...more
Pre-K – 1st or 2nd grade
The text in this book is very large and is placed in and around the illustrations in random order. The text is very simple and repetitive. The illustrations seem to be sketches that have been colored with oil paint. The palette used for the illustrations is varies and is bright and inviting. This book appeals to young readers because it is easy to read and is based on a fun dog.
Classroom Connection:
This book doesn’t seem to have a cross education purpose that I can see o
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David Shannon is the author and illustrator of many highly praised books for children. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a fine arts degree, and then moved to New York City. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared ...more
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