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Bad Dog, Marley! Beloved Book and Plush Puppy (Marley Picture Books)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  700 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Based on John Grogans #1 New York Times bestseller Marley & Me, this picture book adaptation, featuring illustrations by Richard Cowdrey, is paired with a cute and cuddly plush version of Grogans rambunctious puppy. Young readers can take home their own pint-sized Marley--without the big trouble!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by HarperFestival (first published May 1st 2007)
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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
Sep 05, 2014 Lindsay Fischer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alia Sheya
Bad Dog Marley written by John Grogan and Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. This adorable children's picture book is about a family who decides to get a dog when the two kids Cassie and Louie begged for one. Marley, the Labrador puppy they picked out ends up getting himself in a lot of trouble. Marley tries to be a good puppy but keeps getting himself in trouble like when he ate the cookies that his "mommy" left out or when he breaks things in the house. One day Marley got in trouble again and fin ...more
Jan 31, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kayla Hepler
Oct 08, 2015 Kayla Hepler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For an animal lover, I absolutely enjoyed this book! The story is based off of the author's original book and his own experience with a puppy. In this particular book the two children, Cassie and Louie, wanted a puppy so bad. One day, their father brought home a yellow little fur-ball and called him Marley. Marley was most certainly a little terror, who not only did things most puppies do but many things puppies don't. The family even attempted to give Marley away, but no one would take him. Tha ...more
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.
Bailey Forkner
The whole time I was reading this book, I kept thinking it'd be perfect to read to children before getting a pet for your family! It talks about how Marley always got in trouble and never seemed to do anything right. The children loved him, but the parents were getting frustrated. He wasn't trying to ruin things, and most of the time he only wanted to play, but things got broken and ruined in the process. The mother decides he's going to have to go to a different home, but you'll have to read to ...more
Heather Love
Dec 30, 2010 Heather Love rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Bad book, Marley, bad book!
Caitlin Harris
I LOVED Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan. This book tells the story of a mischievous puppy who can't seem to do anything right, but just when his family has had enough, he proves that he is a good dog. I loved this book. The story was so sweet and the illustrations accompanied the story very well. The story was very well written and easy to read. I would definitely have this book in my classroom. It tells such a sweet story that could easily be related to children's lives.
Tori Davenport
This is a very cute story of a family that gets a new dog, named Marley. This book reminds me of when my dog, Alice, was a puppy. She was just like Marley! This is a great book to recommend the students read if they have a new dog, or if they just love dogs in general. I love the illustrations in this book also. They are very fluid in the movements and the colors are very bright.
May 23, 2012 Peacegal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 24, 2009 Lv2readB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

Curriculum Connection:
*Repetitive text (especially “Bad dog, Marley!”) great for
Dec 03, 2008 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  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
Feb 16, 2014 Kayla Whitlock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2011 Pynteya Bate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-read
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
Jul 13, 2015 Marissa Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Cute humor. Great illustrations. A very goofy read, a children's version of Marley and me.
Chris Edwards
Mar 20, 2014 Chris Edwards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
The picture on the front is a bit scary.

Favourite quote:
"Bah boo-boo, Waddy" - Baby Louie
Jan 05, 2008 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  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.
Jun 10, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2012 Wild-Rogue-Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2014 Dana Pressnell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Picture book about Marley the dog, movie was Marley and me. Really cute book
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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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