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Bad Dog, Marley! (Marley Picture Books)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  659 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Mommy, Daddy, Cassie, and Baby Louie welcome Marley, their new Labrador pup, into their family. But Marley doesn't stay a tiny puppy for long. He grows and grows, and the bigger Marley gets, the bigger trouble he gets into. Big, bad-boy trouble. Whether it's chewing Mommy's reading glasses or swallowing Daddy's paycheck, Marley is a dog like no other. He tries to be a good ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by HarperCollins
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(this review is from Jake's mom)

This book bothers me -- and here's why. Marley is a puppy and his new family gets mad because he does things that puppies do -- chews things up, knocks over the trash, blah blah blah. He's a puppy! He doesn't know you're expecting something else from him! So the family up and decides they're going to give the dog away. HELLO? Train your dog! You can't expect a dog to just be perfect, especially as a puppy, and when it's too big an inconvienence you're just going t
Aaron Siclovan
The author, John Grogan, had a personal experience of a dog that acted like Marley in this book. In a house lived the happy family- mommy, daddy, Casie, and baby Louie. they had very small pets but no dog. The children begged their parents for a dog, and finally daddy brought home a tiny puppy named Marley. Marley ate, drank, chewed, and grew into a big dog, but he got into so much trouble ever day for destroying many things. though he tried to be a good dog, his actions earned him the name, "Ba ...more
Lindsay Fischer
John Grogan, most popular for his novel Marley and Me, wrote another story about his rambunctious dog. This story however is for children. Cassie and Baby Louie, the children in the story, beg their mommy and daddy for a dog. One day Daddy comes home with Marley, a tiny puppy with elephant-like ears. Little does the family know that Marley is going to grow into a big ball of trouble. He eats food off of the counter, he rips up furniture and even ate through part of a wall! Every time Marley misb ...more
Marley becomes the newest addition to a family of four - a dad, a mom, a girl, Cassie and a little boy, Louie. And almost as soon as they get him - he begins causing trouble. The bigger he gets, the more trouble he causes!

There is the repeated refrain of each family member saying, "Bad dog, Marley!" (hence the title) though with the baby it comes out "Bad boo-boo, Waddy!" And this dog does get in trouble! From rummaging in the trash can to running through the screen to grabbing a cake off the t
I read this to 6th graders as a part of identifying literary plot, characters and theme. It was somewhat elementary... Mommy, Daddy, which I explained to my classes ahead. The voices of the characters were strong. The students enjoyed the humor of the story. They easily identified the plot and the characters. After some gentle prompting, they were able to identify the similarity between the theme of "Library Lion" and this book, and were also able to identify the difference.
I would use this book in making connections with the children and talking about the pets they may or may not have and the things they do.
Bad book, Marley, bad book!
Bad book, Marley!

If you're looking for a children's book that models irresponsible pet ownership, this one's for you. Marley tears the house to ribbons each time the family leaves the house--much of this destruction could have been prevented by the appropriate use of a crate. When Marley eats an entire chocolate cake, Mom is enraged. (She should have been thankful the dog wasn't dead!) The family attempts to give away their dog in a newspaper "free to a good home" ad--the absolute worst and most
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2007
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile Level: 460

Summary: This is a cute story, based on the book Marley and Me, is about a family that gets a new puppy. The family must learn to love the puppy for who he is even though he gets into some trouble.

Review: This story heartfelt story chronicles the mischief that puppies get into. The family is clearly frustrated as seen through the painted illustrations throughout the story. The illustrations support the text by showing the express
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
Marley’s antics are sure to make your toddlers and young children giggle and despite the frustration of the family with their bad dog, one day they realize just how much a part of the family he really is.
Grogan, J. (2007). Bad dog, Marley! New York: Harper Collins.

Marley, the family’s new puppy, can’t seem to stay out of trouble! Mommy, Daddy, Cassie, and Baby Louie want to keep Marley around, but his antics get to be too much and they consider giving him away. Marley redeems himself when he saves one of the children from serious harm.

School Library Journal 8/1/2007
Publisher's Weekly 3/19/2007

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*Repetitive text (especially “Bad dog, Marley!”) great for
Dec 03, 2008 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2008, pets
I just finished reading "Marley and Me" last night and saw that the author had made a version for young adults as well as for children. So I just had to check this version out. This story is based on the original book, and it has bright illustrations and an expressive puppy who just can't stay out of trouble. But here's the problem... while the original story was great, pouring the author's emotions out into the pages, this was pretty flat. The family, the dog... even the antics the dog did. It ...more
Kayla Whitlock
I have a puppy and this book sums him up! Titus is an 80 pound German Sheperd who thinks he's a puppy and does just those things. Cute book!
Pynteya Bate
Another book I love!!! It is based on the true story. Marley, cute labrador puppy, becomes a new member of the family of four. As he grows, he plays more and destroys more things in the house. One day a family had enough and they have tried to find him a new home, but Marley scares anyone who comes and looks at him.To prove to his family that he is worth keeping, he gets mother's attention when he sensed that a baby was about to fall. Family keeps him and continue to love him.This book was read ...more
Marissa Murphy
Cute humor. Great illustrations. A very goofy read, a children's version of Marley and me.
Chris Edwards
The picture on the front is a bit scary.

Favourite quote:
"Bah boo-boo, Waddy" - Baby Louie
Jan 05, 2008 Angela rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: carly told me about it
Very cute story, although it is fictional. I expected a short true account to Marleys life. Maybe just his puppy years. John does not use his family in this story. At the end of "Marley and me" he writes about what his reader's dogs have done. This book "Bad Dog, Marley" has Marley acting out what the other dogs do as well as some of his own antics. I don't think it's the best children book but it was cute. I'd like to see a childrens book with a run through of Marley's life and death, it would ...more
Niki (Daydream Reader)
I think my second graders who love dogs will enjoy this book.
The kids loved this book! Beautiful illustrations.
Quite cute. My son thought baby Louie was hilarious.
Marley is a bad dog who tries so hard to behave but just can't seem to manage it. When the parents are ready to get rid of him, Marley finds a way to redeem himself. I used this book with 1st graders when I was teaching them to gather evidence from the text. We recorded evidence that Marley was a bad dog and evidence that he was not a bad dog. An interesting discussion followed before I had the students write a short paper saying Marley either was or was not a bad dog and then providing support ...more
This book is a good read-aloud book to read to the students because they can relate this book to themselves by having a pet or wanting a pet. Because the main character, Marley, causes so many troubles, it will be easy to talk about the cause and effect of an event. There is definitely a humor in this book that are easy to catch with the children. I have read this book with the first graders and they absoultely love this book. It is fun to read and Marley does some stuff that will makes the kids ...more
Granted this is a book for children, which I think is just adorable and super excited my friend gave this to my newborn Nephew.
There are those issues of 'problem dogs' and their owners not making an effort to discipline them.
But this is a children's abridged version of a memoir about a man's extraordinary dog. And like all children's literature, characters, no matter how disfunctional, find a way to redeem themselves.

Not saying let your dogs counter surf or anything, but it was a cute read.
When Daddy surprises Mommy, Cassie & Baby Louie with a new puppy, they have no idea of the chaos that is about to happen. Marley knocks over garbage, eats everyone's food, tears up furniture and even the house. BAD DOG MARLEY!

We have our own version of bad dog Marley (named Chelsea), so the kids love comparing Marley's antics to what we experience. And we talk about how she is part of our family and we love her, faults and all.
Dana Pressnell
Picture book about Marley the dog, movie was Marley and me. Really cute book
A sweet book that can be easily compared to the film if students have seen it. This book could be used in a lesson on pets and what it's like on naming a pet, getting used to having a pet around, the hardest part of having one, etc. It's funny as well and can show students that even though having a difficult pet can be challenging at first, they can also become your best friend and they will love you, and you them.
Dogs are not all cuddly and friendly like they are often portrayed as. Some dogs are crazy and hard to manage as this story shows. Marley chews up everything and messes everything up all over the house. After a while it becomes too much for the family so they have to decide to give it away. No one could handle this crazy dog, and he ends up proving his importance to the house one good deed at a time!
Aug 03, 2008 Alisha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers or parents
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Yes, it is for the younger crowd, but really great when talking to kids about the commonly used phrases "good kid" and "bad kid" and why we shouldn't use them. I am a fan of Marley and Me, so this book is a great kid's version, and can really get across an important message in a classroom setting too. I figured it would be great to share with my own kids one day too.
Chrissy Palko
My 4 year old loves to read this book over & over again. I'm not as crazy about reading the I have my 9 year old read it to her younger sister over, & over & over again.....I've even had to bribe the 9 yr old to read it to her sister, just so I don't have to read it again. The only member of the family that likes the book is the 4 year old.
Cute for kids. I guess I'm a little jealous that I didn't write original book myself....and make my fortune off of re-writing the book for all different ages. I mean, really....Marley and Me (the book and movie), Marley: A dog Life No Other, Bad Dog, Marley!.....I need the number for Grogan's agent!!!!
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John Grogan has spent more than 25 years as a newspaper journalist. Previously he worked as a reporter, bureau chief, and columnist at newspaper in Michigan and Florida. He is also the former editor on chief of Rodale's Organic Gardening magazine. His work has won numerous awards, including the National Press Club's Consumer Journalism Award. His first book, Marley & Me, is a number one inte ...more
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