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Shaggy Dog and the Terrible Itch

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Shaggy Dog had a terrible itch. He scratched and scratched but the itch just wouldn't go away. In desperation he runs into the Poodle Parlor for a good shampoo. Will he ever get rid of the itch? And if so where will it go?
Paperback, 31 pages
Published May 31st 2002 by Scholastic Inc (first published 2001)
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I read this story to my class and I have to say they absolutely love it!

This is about a dog who has a terrible itch and whatever he does, he cannot get rid of it. He tries everything but it's no use. He asks people along the way to help him scratch it, they agree as long as he helps them in some way. Such as washing the dishes, sweeping hair from a salon floor and rounding up sheep. Each time the itch goes for a few moments but then comes back.

Eventually he finds someone who can help him and t
I really need to get a grip. I am so suspicious of characters' motives in children's books and sometimes it's well-founded (hello, Dr. Dan (Flat Stanley) is the creepiest doctor ever!) but probably not necessary in this book. Basically, Shaggy Dog has an itch and goes to several people to get them to scratch it. To be honest, I think he's diddled at every turn because he washes dishes and rounds sheep all to get a scratch. What's quite lovely is that clearly the itch is a flea but it's a shame t ...more
Matt Davies
Shaggy Dog has a terrible itch; what is he to do? Find some one to help him of course. This colourful picture book follows Shaggy Dog on his quest to get rid of his itch, in the process illustrating the importance of mutual cooperation. It is a very fun book to read with a class and can be used to illustrate the use of ellipsis ("...the itch came back!"). My only problem with this book is the snooty poodle character, who is a bit of an unfortunate stereotype.

We got this book in a bundle of Little Tiger Press books (Costco? All great stories and colorful illustrations) and it's still in frequent demand, even after a drink mishap stuck some pages together. After a wash and trim, Shaggy Dog feels wonderful, and the flea causing his stubborn itching relocates to Mimi the poodle.
Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 12/4/08 -

This is Julia's most favorite book at the moment. The story itself is adorable and she gets the biggest kick out of the flea getting on the "Rench Poodle" (her words, not mine) in the end. I love the colorful pictures also. I'd definitely buy for any toddler.
You've guessed it -- the plot. Shaggy Dog has a terrible itch...and he finds multiple ways to scratch it or have it be scratched. There's something lovable about an obstinate itch that goes bouncing around...and serve that bitchy poodle right! (says my little one, although not so graphically..)
This book was fun, but hard work on the poor dog, just to get rid of an itch.
A cute story about getting help in return for helping others.
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Nació en Devon, Inglaterra. Es biólogo de profesión pero, en 1997, dejó su trabajo como científico para dedicarse por completo a la escritura. Vive en Norfolk, Inglaterra, junto a su familia.
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