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The Poky Little Puppy (Little Golden Book)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  59,321 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews
The Poky Little Puppy was one of the first 12 Titles released of Little Golden Books The Poky Little Puppy has sold nearly 15 million copies since 1942, making it one of the most popular children's' books of all time.
Hardcover, Thirty-Ninth Printing, 1977, 23 pages
Published 1977 by Golden Press (first published 1942)
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Aug 07, 2007 Isabella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mom's note:

Bella enjoyed reading this book, but couldn't give it 5 stars because of inaccuracies that she couldn't forgive. First one was that strawberries "don't just grow in the grass by themselves," which is true enough. Her second sticking point came after the puppies' mom made them chocolate custard, and my daughter, having been raised in a houseful of dogs her whole life, said, "Those puppies are going to be DEAD after they eat that chocolate."

I love this kid.
Oct 14, 2015 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-children
This is a Grandma Book.
If you are someone's Nana, it is perfectly acceptable for you to force your grandchildren to listen to this inane story.
Unless, perhaps, you want your grandkids to actually like you.
If so, you need to reconsider this classic.
It's awful. It reads like a Dick and Jane book...minus all the exciting parts that Dick and Jane books are so famous for.

The only way a kid would willingly sit through this is if they are either
A) Too young to crawl away
B) Have only been allowed to
Oct 14, 2015 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone tired of the whole Vampire/Werewolf phenomenon.
Recommended to Brad by: Grandma
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya
Deceptively simple, it allows the reader to fall into the trap of believing that the one who lags behind ALWAYS gets the dessert. There's a twist here, though!

The worldbuilding was pretty fantastic, with a god-like creature that keeps sending signs to all the anthropomorphic creatures that romp about, giving and taking away favours all willy-nilly, almost as if it was attempting to teach all the characters a very important lesson.

I honestly thought the message was taking over the story a bit too
Sep 14, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A disturbing tale about bestiality. Just kidding.
Flying Sandals
I will now sum up the cuteness level of this book:

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Shawn Thrasher
When The Poky Little Puppy was published in 1942, World War II had been raging for several years, and after knocking at America's door, had finally entered. Pearl Harbor, the Nazis, the Holocaust, bombs and death, and destruction. In 1942, it wasn't immediately apparent that the good guys were even going to win the war. I bet if you were a little boy or little girl in 1942, then this story about five naughty little puppies was a much needed escape into a world without war. The worst thing that h ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Jason by: Probably mama
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Dec 29, 2008 Lynanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My absolute favorite book from my childhood. I treasure my Little Golden Books and the lessons they taught me. Growing up, my parents didn't have a lot of money. They bought their food in bulk at the early-70's equivalent of Sam's Club/Costco. As a reward for good behavior in the grocery store, they allowed me to pick out a Little Golden Book or coloring book instead of a candy bar. The books were almost the same price as the candy, but my parents knew I'd enjoy the book longer. Every evening be ...more
Katie Foster
Jan 23, 2014 Katie Foster rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a fun book to read to little ones. It has many teachable moments to it. There is a pattern to the book (puppies dig a hole, wait for the puppy, get in trouble for digging, repeat) so little ones can easily predict what is going to happen next and they can discuss the pattern. They can talk about how the pattern is different at the end of the book. It also has a good lesson about how important it is to be yourself. All of poky puppy's siblings are in a hurry to get far away from their hom ...more
Jun 03, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read all around.

Though I am confused as to why they show every freakin' animal that's climbing up and down that hill, except for the spider. Why leave out the spider?

Mostly I'm grateful for the recession-friendly desserts the book suggests. "Can we have rice pudding Mama?"
"Can we have tapioca Mama?"
"Can we have chocolate custard?"
At 79 cents a box, yes you can my little lovelies!
Oct 07, 2015 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest childhood classics. Why? (Possible spoilers, but how are you going to know if it's worth reading?)

Because it's about dogs, irrepressible wanderlust, the futility of putting up signs for creatures who can't read, counting (addition and subtraction), up and down, back and forth, creepy-crawly things, colors, expanding your horizons, finding your way home, misbehavior and its consequences, gluttony, just desserts (pun intended), mother love and - ultimately - atonement, forgive
Jen Locke
Apr 17, 2015 Jen Locke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my absolute favorite as a kid.
Jun 12, 2015 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Poky Little Puppy is a classic, and its illustrations are chock-full of vintage charm. The repetitive structure of the story is fun for children to practice predicting, and onomatopoetic language like “roly-poly, pell-mell, tumble-bumble” is a delight to say aloud together. Readers who root for the poky little puppy will be sorely disappointed. At first, the tiny explorer comes home to delicious desserts while evading his punitive mother who discourages puppy adventures. Sadly, his adventure ...more
May 16, 2014 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a toddler/preschooler, I wanted to be the poky little puppy. I had poky little puppy pajamas, and got all the kids at daycare to play poky little puppy with me. This mostly involved getting down on our hands and knees and eating snow (it was winter in Minnesota, what can I say?).
Jul 15, 2010 Bethany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I don't really understand the moral of this story. Be poky? Don't be poky? Sometimes disobedience has its rewards, sometimes it doesn't? Either way, it's not the most captivating, but the illustrations are cute.
Becky Everhart
Feb 19, 2008 Becky Everhart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
I must have read this book a million times when I was growing up, and I still have warm fuzzy feelings about the story. I would truly recommend this book to all children.
John Yelverton
Oct 21, 2011 John Yelverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a fun book, and I think everyone should read the Little Golden Books to their kids.
Jan 13, 2015 Gracie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book because it has a great plot with suspense and a happy ending. I love the mother dog figure in the book and how she is caring yet still a disciplinarian.
Kellie Uhrig
Aug 25, 2014 Kellie Uhrig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Literally my favorite of all time. And that was even before my wonderful world of Watson.
Nov 24, 2015 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So many words. Also don't feed chocolate custard to puppies, you dolt.
Sep 10, 2015 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
cute story read it to baby Elizabeth! :D
Krystal Duran
Feb 04, 2016 Krystal Duran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pokey Little Puppy has been a favorite of mine since I can remember. To the child, it is a warm and soothing, happy story. The pictures allow the children to feel as though they are playing in the field with the puppy. It allows the child to begin thinking creatively, possibly considering why the puppy is so slow. The book also counts, and uses simple descriptive words. It allows the children to recognize that not everything is a race. Sometimes trying to get somewhere the fastest doesn’t pr ...more
Brooke Leone
Feb 28, 2015 Brooke Leone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Poky Little Puppy tell the story of five puppies who dig a hole under their mothers fence and go out and explore the world. When they reach the top of a hill, one of puppies has gone missing. The other puppies calls this puppy the “poky little puppy.” They find him on the side of the hill and he says he ran off because he smelt something. They all go home and then go out again, once again losing one puppy who heard something. Then again, after the puppy sees something.
This book has a very s
Angela Galvin
The Poky Little Puppy is a story about 5 little puppies who disobey their mother. The story begins with 5 puppies on a hill playing. One of the puppies wonder off because it smells rice pudding. When four of the puppies get home their mother is upset for sneaking out and tells them no dessert and sends them to bed. The last puppy who is slow or "poky" comes home to late to hear the mother. The puppy eats up all the rice pudding. The next day the puppies again disobey and sneak out. When the four ...more
Reggie Billingsworth
As a four year old I disliked this book. How odd. Why I wondered? I could only dredge up a remnant memory of 'wrongness'.

Curious to re-examine this conclusion as an adult, some years ago I re-read this classic. And there it was. If I were to articulate my childhood's view in adult language? The PP deserved a smack across his bottom to smarten up and follow the rules everyone else did. more socio-politically correct words: there lay serious injustice behind the irrational application of p
Brandy Reed

After getting home from school everyday as a kid, all of my neighborhood friends would gather together and play outside for hours. We would go on many adventures and create as many new games as possible. In the children's book, The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Lowrey, five cute dogs love to play outside and roll in the grass as well. One day the puppies chose to dig a hole under a fence and go explore what was on the other side for a little bit. One specific puppy likes to leave the group and g
Jake Yaniak
One test of a good children's book is, obviously, whether or not a child enjoys listening to it. In this The Poky Little Puppy succeeds as far as I can tell. My kids love it, the artwork is good and the puppies are as adorable as they are mischievous.
The other test of a truly good children's book, though, is how it is for a parent to read, and to read again and again and again. The book, like all too many children's books, is FILLED with repetition, and after a few reads it is exhausting to go t
Stephen Stopper
Oct 13, 2015 Stephen Stopper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-stopper
Title: The Poky Little Puppy
Author: Janette Sebring Lowrey
Illustrator: Gustaf Tenggren
Genre: Predictable Book
Theme(s): Animals, Picture Book, Puppies
Opening line/sentence: “Five little puppies dug a hole under then fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world.”
Brief Book Summary: This story is about five little puppies who disobey their mother and dig holes under the fence in order to walk out into the wide world. It then follows their journey through the meadow, down the road and across th
Michel Weatherall
The classic Golden Book, The Poky Little Puppy, is one of the earliest books of my memory. I still have my copy with my name written in faded ink on the inside front cover. Beneath my name is my, now 16 year old, son's name and beneath that, my 14 year old daughter's name.

For as far as my memory goes, I can always remember being somewhat confused by the story's moral – if it had one.

Last night, my children said the very same thing.

The Poky Little Puppy is a story about five little puppies who di
Karly Gnoinsky
This book is about a puppy who always gets itself and its siblings in trouble. It digs holes under the fences and eats food it isn't supposed to. In the end, the puppy decides to go fix the mess and its siblings get rewarded with desert, while the puppy ends up going to sleep hungry because he wasn't there when its siblings were rewarded. I remember loving this as a child, but I didn't like it now. I didn't like how the puppy did a good deed and the book didn't show that he was rewarded, which w ...more
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