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Bad Dog, Dodger!

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
On his ninth birthday Sam is given what he wants most of all -- a puppy. Sam names him Dodger. The whole family loves Dodger, but Dodger does get into trouble sometimes -- like when he knocks the trash all over the kitchen floor, or chews a big hole in Sam's baseball cap, or jumps into the tub when Sam's older sister is taking a bath. "Bad dog, Dodger!" Sam scolds him each ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Caitlyn LeBeau
Mar 29, 2015 Caitlyn LeBeau rated it it was amazing
Bad Dog, Dodger! written by Barbara Abercrombie and illustrated by Adam Gustavson is about a boy who really wants to get a dog. After behaving well and doing his chores, this parents got him a puppy for his birthday. The puppy was wild and made lots of messes. He even would go to Sam's baseball games and run out onto the field and steal the bats. Sam knew he had to train the dog to keep him so he started waking up half an hour early to train Dodger. After about a month of teaching Dodger sit, st ...more
Jackie
Sep 23, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it
A very simplistic approach to behavior and training for dogs. Sam begs his parents for a puppy (as most kids do), but they say "not until you can take care of it yourself" (as most parents say). Well, the time comes and Dodger enters their lives...he's one frolicking, but galoot of a puppy, who only wants to play. And, mom decides he has to go.

But, Sam uses his own life's experiences to train Dodger to listen and be good.
Naomi
Aug 04, 2015 Naomi rated it liked it
Dodger needs obedience training and Sam gives it to him. Then he becomes a baseball star. Cute read. Not too deep. Somewhat of a dime a dozen feeling to it. Illustrations were OK. This one didn't melt my heart!
Karen
Dec 22, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dog lovers and those who want a dog.
Recommended to Karen by: Library
This is a good book. It points out how much work it is to have a dog, but how rewarding it is. My kids and I liked it. I didn't think I would due to the title, but Dodger isn't a bad dog. :0)
Karen
Aug 17, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok
First of all, I didn't like the title. Then I didn't like the kid's attitude. Dogs are work, but they are worth every second spend with them. I'm just not fond of the negative spin in this book.
Brenda Thompson
Sam gets a puppy for his ninth birthday and he names him Dodger. Dodger is a typical puppy...he chews things, gets into things, etc.
Sarah
Mar 04, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
Sam gets a puppy, finally, but as Dodger the puppy grows up he becomes harder and harder to control. His antics (going through the trash, pulling down the curtains) are illustrated with thick oil paintings. Eventually, it looks like the dog is going to have to leave. Will Sam find a way to get him under control? The story seems to miss some opportunities for humor; it's a pretty serious tone throughout which makes it less appealing.
Allison
Apr 23, 2009 Allison rated it it was ok
Dodger is a "bad dog" until his lazy kid decides to get off his butt and play with him. Probaby a good book for kids, but mostly felt bad for the dog.
Ash Solomon
Jan 08, 2013 Ash Solomon rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2013
This was a well written book with nice illustrations. It was a fun story for my child and made me feel good that it was such a good lesson.
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Barbara Abercrombie has published two novels for adults, plus books for children, including the award winning picture book, Charlie Anderson. Her novels have been optioned for films and published in six languages. Her essays, articles and poems have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and United Airlines Hemisphere magazine. ...more
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