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The Poky Little Puppy

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  55,635 ratings  ·  579 reviews
One of the original 12 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. Now this curious little puppy is ready to win the hearts and minds of a new generation of kids.
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Golden Books (first published 1942)
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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.
A disturbing tale about bestiality. Just kidding.
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
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
Flying Sandals
I will now sum up the cuteness level of this book:

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Aug 17, 2011 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Jason by: Probably mama
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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
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
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!
So this is a terrible story. 5 puppies keep sneaking out of their yard, and one is really poky (hence the name). The 4 faster puppies get caught disobeying their mother and don't get dessert, while the Poky Puppy sneaks in and eats it all (?) after everyone goes to bed. First of all, dog mom is obviously a terrible mother what with letting her puppies wander around with no supervision. Secondly, it seems weird to reward the slow one for getting home last. Thirdly, I don't ever punish/reward my k ...more
Call it art, subject to the interpretation of the reader. I dunno, I've never liked it before. However, this time, as I read it in Story Land: 40 Of The Best Little Golden Books Ever Published, I finally understood it. You see, something about the repetition always through me. And as it happens, I'd only read it to my adult self, not my kids, so I was reading slowly enough to catch what I'd missed. I didn't realize that Poky was sneaking dessert after Mom was asleep.

I actually (this time) think
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?).
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 5 of 5 stars
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
This is such a fun book, and I think everyone should read the Little Golden Books to their kids.
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, putting up signs for creatures who can't read, counting (addition and subtraction), up and down, back and forth, creepy crawly things, colors, finding your way home, misbehavior and its consequences, gluttony, just deserts (pun intended) mother love and, ultimately forgiveness and redemption. It's what a timeless children's stor
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
Literally my favorite of all time. And that was even before my wonderful world of Watson.
Jen Locke
One of my absolute favorite as a kid.
Brooke Leone
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
Jun 24, 2008 Ed rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: slowpokes, curious cats, children
Shelves: kid-stuff
I love puppies, and the pokier the better in my book, but this story just didn't thrill me. Although I'll leave it to you to form your own opinions...did Puppy make the right decision? Should one follow one's heart or one's mind? Is there a higher call to which "duty" answers?
This book was instrumental in whetting my appetite for reading. I remember getting this book in the kids meal that was purchased for me at Wendy's, 20 years ago. I proceeded to read it in fairly short order and then reapeatedly read it over and over. Classic!
This book was one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES as a little girl...I don't know why. So if you read it and it's not that great, sorry, but it's a five star book to me because I remember my Mom reading it to me a million times when I was a wee little lass.
Terri Drake
This book, and "This is the House That Jack Built" were my all time favorite childhood books. I need to add it to my reading list, and give it 5 *****! There is something about repetition that kids love when reading stories aloud.
Dawnelle Wilkie
Maybe it's just me but I think the pokey little puppy's mother would get Childrens Services called on her these days. She's neglectful, her punishments are arbitrary, and she sends them to bed without any supper.
Okay, I admit it, I never liked the Poky Little Puppy. Don't know why, maybe there's something wrong with me. But my kids enjoyed it when they were preschoolers, so it must have something going for it.
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