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Good Boy, Fergus!

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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 it was amazing
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
Annie Chanse
May 25, 2015 Annie Chanse rated it did not like it
This was an awful excuse for a children's book. Absolutely dreadful.
Jun 29, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Apr 29, 2014 Emily Scott rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2016 Dusty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-jayden
My three-year-old is obsessed with David Shannon's picture books--specifically No David, David Gets in Trouble, and this one about a dog that clearly never spent a day in obedience school. At first, my kid's fascination with these books bewildered me. I, the adult, found the illustrations gorgeous but the story rather dull since there are hardly any words. However, my son, the child, loves discussing the sometimes peculiar details that Shannon includes in the pictures. Moreover, since he likes t ...more
Alexis Kydon
Dec 04, 2014 Alexis Kydon rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
Feb 23, 2014 Araceli Aispuro rated it really liked it
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.
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
Feb 10, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
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
James Vachowski
Mar 06, 2016 James Vachowski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-boys-like
Meet Fergus, the Scottie dog who takes disobedience to a whole new level. This book follows him through a perfect doggy day, from chasing cats and motorcycles to being scratched on his favorite spot. Even though Fergus has a mind of his own, he’s a perfect angel in the mind of his owners. There’s nothing he could do that would make him anything but a “good dog!”

This picture book features very few words, and Mr. Shannon chooses to tell the real story through his hilarious illustrations. Our kids
Hannah Baumgartner
May 03, 2015 Hannah Baumgartner rated it really liked it
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
Matthew West
Dec 07, 2014 Matthew West rated it it was amazing
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Jose Valadez
May 01, 2015 Jose Valadez rated it really liked it
This book is about Fergus a new dog in the house, This book follows Fergus throughout his day as the perfect doggy day. Shannon based the Character around his own dog Fergus. This is a hilarious tale and i enjoyed reading every single page as it made me laugh, having owned a dog I can see how the character would see that Fergus is stubborn and does what he wants. Good Boy, Fergus! is an excellent book for children who own dogs since it is so accurate to the dos behavior. OF course other childr ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Brindi rated it it was amazing
humorous picture book on what a human says to their dog on a daily basis.
Jun 15, 2016 Jannah rated it really liked it
Continuing in the No, David! tradition, Good Boy, Fergus! features a day in the life of a disobedient West Highland Terrier who ignores all commands from his enabling human. From the dog trainer aspect, Fergus is a terrible dog. From a child's view, he is adorable and hilarious and exudes independence and gets whipped cream on his kibble and he's the nicest puppy ever. I'm somewhere between the two, and found the story cute and may have read it out loud in a really terrible Irish accent because ...more
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
Nov 10, 2009 Casey Brock rated it really liked it
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
Mar 26, 2014 Carole Roman rated it it was amazing

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
Megan Howard
Oct 15, 2015 Megan Howard rated it really liked it
Good Boy, Fergus explores the day in the life of a dog, Fergus, and his owner. From a trip outside, to a belly rub, we see all the daily activities of Fergus. The book is a very simple read with beautiful illustrations. Many children will easily relate to the story and will enjoy a story about a dog. While there is not much depth to the story, it is still a entertaining read for prek-k age children.
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
Meg McGregor
Aug 16, 2015 Meg McGregor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-lexi
David Shannon does it again! But this time our little rascal is the family dog!

Cute and cuddly but also mischievous and zany this little dog will wind his way into every dog lover's heart!

But, I really think you need to have a dog to appreciate the story here!

The delights and not so delightful aspects of having a dog are developed quite well in this story!
Aug 18, 2015 Sam rated it it was ok
Not a lot of words but despite the very vivid pictures, it still makes for a difficult storytime because the framing of each 'Good Boy' is a little off. Maybe better for kids that have experience with a dog that isn't always good? But mixed groups of not-all-dog-people make it a harder read aloud.
Dec 19, 2014 Violet rated it it was amazing
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.
Jessica Meloche
Nov 16, 2015 Jessica Meloche rated it it was amazing
This story is about a typical dog, Fergus. He is always getting into trouble and getting dirty. At the end of the day he is always told that he is a good boy. I think this is a good story to read about doing wrong and being forgiven. It is much like his No, David books.
Mar 09, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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Apr 25, 2015 Margie rated it really liked it
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.
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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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