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A Very Marley Christmas (Marley Picture Books)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  334 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
With all the excitement of Christmas approaching, it's no surprise that Marley, the lovable pup with a nose for trouble, wants to get in on the action. Anticipating his very first snowfall and Santa's arrival, Marley jumps in to help his family every way he can. But Marley, being Marley, always ends up on the wrong side of right. It's not long before he tears down the twin ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Festival (first published January 1st 2008)
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Margaret Chind

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We do not have any physical pets at this point in our life, so when not visiting the grandparents and their plethora of felines we entertain ourselves with books of entertainment and pets such as Marley. He's the type of dog that you're glad to spend some time with, and then even more delighted when he goes home, elsewhere. Marley is inquisitive and almost always in trouble and with his f

This book didn't strike a very positive chord with me - there was a lot of "no" and "bad" thrown around in the book, and disappointment leading up to Christmas. I felt that this detracted from the holiday the book was supposed to be highlighting. The text was long and small on the page - perhaps it would be best for a family with a very young dog who has yet to learn the rules of behavior.
This gets an "ok" from me and a "liked it" from the kids. I thought it was sort of cute and a little funny, but not really necessary and one we could have skipped. The kids thought it was funny and liked to see all the crazy things the dog did. The two littlest boys (ages 5 and 3) especially loved it.

I didn't get the feeling the family loved the dog and they had mostly harsh words (or actions) for him most of the book. And it just drives me crazy to see such an ill-mannered dog. I've seen too m
Rosa Cline
Dec 14, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, christmas
This was a cute story about a puppy named Marley. But I guess it depends on how tolerant you are of a puppy destroying your house. Marley seems to have the run of the house and is destroying everything about decorations and Christmas (including peeing on the tree) Thus was why I rated this book low; I don't think it's okay to teach our children that it's okay for children or pets to tear up and destroy things just because they want to. I mean they will be 'naughty' every now and then as that is ...more
Dec 12, 2010 Maria rated it really liked it
What I Can Tell You: We love Marley here. My kids find him very sweet and funny. They want a dog just like Marley. I think as a Christmas book the books are adorable. It is sweet to think of how a dog would perceive all the changes the holidays bring in most households. My kids thought it was very funny and I have seen my son read it alone a few times as my daughter looks on.

We like big kids books. Lap books where I can read to both at the same time and it fits in "our" laps. Makes it easier fo
Nov 25, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
With all the excitement of Christmas approaching, it's no surprise that Marley, the lovable pup with a nose for trouble, wants to get in on the action. Anticipating his very first snowfall and Santa's arrival, Marley jumps in to help his family every way he can. But Marley, being Marley, always ends up on the wrong side of right. It's not long before he tears down the twin.
Jul 01, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-we-own
While this story isn't as endearing as John Groan's first Marley children's story, Bad Dog, Marley!, this is a very sweet story about a crazy dog and his family as they prepare for Marley's first Christmas. The story is engaging and the illustrations are bright and fairly realistic, and my four year old loves reading about the exploits of Marley.
Nov 26, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it
from the text: "But Marley, being Marley, always ended up on the wrong side of right." Everyone's favorite wild child puppy experiences Christmas for the first time--can he help it if he didn't understand what the tree in the living room was for (among other mishaps)? Humorous illustrations by Richard Caudrey are the icing on the cake.
Dec 03, 2008 Linda rated it liked it
Recommended to Linda by: ChCPL
Shelves: chcpl
A quick and entertaining read. The book is capitalizing on the success of Grogan's Marley books.
AR 2.4 -- 0.5
What a klutzy dog! :-)
Katie Casey
Dec 27, 2014 Katie Casey rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-kids
I love being able to introduce one of my favorite dog-characters to the kids in this fun book and the Halloween one!
Illustrations very bright and exuberant -- just like Marley -- but the text is a bit long. Not a 'classic-in-the-making' but, still, a fun, seasonal read for dog-lovers
Pam Kellim
Feb 02, 2016 Pam Kellim rated it really liked it
This is the book my Grandson wants to read everytime he comes over. His pappa is Marey and reads the book like a dog. Cute story.
Mar 24, 2016 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2016-new
Dec 30, 2013 Olivia rated it it was ok
Shelves: holidays
Too old for me.
Dec 20, 2012 Bree rated it did not like it
cute pictures make me want to like this but all the 'bad dog' comments throughout leave me feeling ill
Dec 04, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A fun book that children will enjoy.
Good book. Marley is being Marley and this is his and his families way of handing Christmas. Beautiful,vibrant illustrations.
Oct 16, 2008 Emely rated it it was amazing
Just got this in at work and it's really good. Very sweet Christmas story.
Jan 27, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Another favorite for my kids! It was a lot of fun to read at Christmas and all year through!
Jan 10, 2013 Colette rated it it was ok
bad Marley!!
Kimberly OutspokenMom
Jun 01, 2016 Kimberly OutspokenMom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
A cute fun story of a little dogs first Christmas and the mischievous things he gets into as the family decorates the house.
Dec 21, 2015 Aaliyah rated it really liked it
Very wordy, but I wanted to read it to my 6 year old anyways. :)
Oct 10, 2008 Zack rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Meh; another Christmas picture book by someone famous for something else.
Nov 03, 2008 Serena rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful children's book.
Dec 31, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Marley wants to make his first Christmas perfect for his family. But the puppy seems to always make more trouble. Cute picture book. Beautiful Art work.
Kim Hampton
A cute book for kids who love dogs, or for adults who loved "Marley & Me."
My daughter loved this, I was just glad our puppy was not this bad.
Dec 15, 2009 Dayna rated it it was ok
I never read any of the other Marley books. This was just ok. Fun for the holidays. Colorful illustrations.
So funny. And I love the movie
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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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