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Silly Doggy!

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  404 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
One day, Lily saw something WONDERFUL in her garden. It had four legs, a tail, and a big, wet nose...

and Lily had ALWAYS wanted one!
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Orchard Books (first published May 1st 2011)
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James Burks
Mar 29, 2012 James Burks rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Not only is the story cute and fun, but the illustrations are phenomenal too. They're filled with so much life and movement. You could even take out the words and the story would still read with just the pictures.
Apr 27, 2012 babyhippoface rated it it was amazing
First thought: "That is the cutest little girl I have ever seen."

Second thought: "That is the cutest doggy bear I have ever seen."

This book is adorable. Seriously. Supremely cute without being overly cute.

Lily looks out her window one morning to see a big, brown, fuzzy doggy in her backyard. She is thrilled. She's always wanted a doggy. So Lily ties her scarf around the doggy's neck as a leash and spends the day playing with him.

He's such a silly doggy, and Lily loves him. The doggy seems to e
May 02, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lily really wants a doggy so she is super excited when she finds one in her backyard one day. Mom won't let her keep it though so she makes a poster describing doggy. He can't do a lot of the regular doggy things like fetch but he is a lot of fun. The posters work and doggy's owners come to get him...he belongs to the ZOO! Of course he does...he is a bear! Lily is sad to loose doggy until she finds kitty in the backyard.

I thought this was a wonderful book. It was cute and enjoyable. Lily and dog
It would be almost impossible not to love Lily, the main character in this appealing picture book. She is so innocent and trusting and so thrilled to find the pet she has longed for in her garden one morning. Because it has similar characteristics to a dog, Lily mistakes a bear that has escaped from the city zoo for a puppy. After a day of adventures, she reluctantly makes a poster to find his owner. When he is returned to the zoo, Lily is sad until she finds another surprise in the garden the n ...more
Jul 27, 2012 Joella rated it it was amazing
Ha! This is another GREAT picture book! Seriously, you might want to go put this book on hold before you continue reading this book. It is one that you will want to read with your kiddo! Hurry, go to the library website and put it on hold. Okay, back? Now I'll tell you why it is so good.

Lily is a little girl who sees something wonderful in her garden. And she always wanted a doggy! This doggy is big and hairy...and looks very similar to a big brown bear that has escaped from the zoo. Kiddos will
Aug 01, 2012 Treasure rated it it was amazing
Fearless little Lily sure wishes she had a doggy, so she is thrilled when a furry animal with four paws shows up in her yard. Readers quickly discover that her “doggy” is in fact a very large bear that has escaped from the local zoo! (end papers offer further information) Amusingly, the cover of the picture book shows a large animal that does look dog like, but Lily and the title cover up the bear’s face, so young readers will delight in the discovery that Lily has a pet bear. The two have many ...more
Oct 12, 2012 Gale rated it it was amazing
Lily finds a BIG dog only really, it's a bear. They frolic for a day but she notices her "doggy" is not very good at dogs'
typical activities. It has a cute ending. It's a fun picture book that should delight any child who recognizes a bear and a dog.
This will be so much fun to read in storytime! One of the things I particularly love about the preschool storytime age group is sharing books like this, where the kids I'm reading to "know" more than the characters. This kind of humor is HILARIOUS to them, and so much fun for the grownups in the room to watch!
Dena (Batch of Books)
Nov 09, 2012 Dena (Batch of Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Get ready for a good laugh! Silly Doggy is an adorable picture book with a charming story line and humorous pictures.

Adam Stower came up with a beautiful story of a little girl that finds an escaped zoo bear in her backyard, thinks it's a doggy, and adopts him for her own. They have a wonderful time together until her mother tells her that someone is probably looking for Doggy, and will want him back.

The illustrations are fantastic. They are humorous, bright, and imaginative. This is a very hi
Nov 12, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
While the idea of mis-identifying a pet (see: Peanut, a VERY similar plot) and choosing an inappropriate pet (see: A Pet for Petunia) is well-used, this is still a fun outing and will be enjoyed by the kids. They LOVE feeling smarter than characters in the book!
Dec 03, 2012 Margie rated it really liked it
By the second page readers will be hooked on the innocence (and ignorance)of the young protagonist who believes the creature in her back garden is her heart's desire, a dog. The play of narrative and illustrations against one another is hilarious.

My full review:
Dec 08, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
A silly story about a little girl who thinks an escaped bear from the zoo is a dog, and wants to keep her as a pet. This book reminds me of books like Lyle the Crocodile and Can I have a Stegosaurus Mom? All are about children with ridiculous pets or who want ridiculous pets. Author uses speech bubbles and ends the story with a funny twist.
Mar 19, 2013 Readingkidslit rated it it was amazing
Silly, bright, and delightful. The illustrations work with the text to tell us who exactly is being silly when a young girl joyfully mistakes a lost bear for a dog. The classic joke ending --as well as the additional illustrations on the front and back cover interiors--complete this story charmingly.
Apr 22, 2013 78sunny rated it it was amazing
German Version:
"Dummer Schnuffi" ISBN: 978-3-468-21026-6
4,6 von 5 Sternen
Die kleine Lily findet in ihrem Garten einen sehr großen Hund, zumindest glaubt sie es sei ein Hund. Eigentlich ist es aber ein Bär und das macht es natürlich nicht gerade einfach, dass Lily ihn gern behalten möchte.

*Wie kam das Buch zu mir*
Dieses Buch bekam ich über Lovelybooks für das Leseabenteuer – eine Leserunde. Ich nehme solche Bücher ja immer gern mit auf Arbeit (stationäre Jugendhilfeeinrichtung), da wir
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Amanda Wilson
Oct 13, 2013 Amanda Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-choice
as we go over more stuff in class we are learning to be more aware of books and their make up. ive been very careful to always look at the inside covers of the books, and for this book they arent just pretty paper, they are crucial to the story. this story is SOOOOOOOO cute and i love little doggies!! or even cute little bears!!!
Oct 08, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Loved this cute delightful story of a little girl that thinks she has found the perfect (albeit) silly dog! The is a great book for any storytime about pets and animals. The end pages of the book help to set the story up, so don't forget to read them. Students grades PK-3rd grade will enjoy this story.
Oct 16, 2013 Joannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: sbf-books, own
First of all, if your daughter's name is Lily, this should be a must-have for your shelf. Second of all, this is a fun, cute story about a little girl and a very unlikely pet that is sure to make the little ones giggle.
Dec 02, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fun read for children who like humorous picture books. "One morning, Lilly saw someting wonderful in her garden. It was big, and brown and hairy." She thought it was a dog. Little did she know this was a bear who escaped from the Zoo. Children will enjoy the humor of what happens next when she takes him home, teaches him tricks and tries to give him a bath. Silly Doggy is great for children ages 3-7.
Sep 05, 2015 Alida rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, skype, library
This book was 1 of 10 in a "Grab and Go" bag, a service from our local library. The librarians choose the books and you get what you get with no peeking before you get home. This one may end up being a favourite which we read over and over again. Two granddaughters, ages 7 and almost 3 loved it!
Jun 09, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: gag
A little girl mistakes a gigantic bear that is missing from the zoo for the pet Doggy she has always wanted. He doesn't always behave the way she expects and is eventually taken back to his home. She gets over the loss quickly when she discovers Kitty, a runaway tiger.
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jul 02, 2016 Vernon Area Public Library KIDS rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preschool-grade 2
Due to a gaping hole in the fence, the local zoo animals have escaped! A bear in particular has found his way into little Lily’s backyard. Confused over this wild animal’s true identity, Lily is thrilled to have a new pet who she names “doggy.” By tying her long, striped scarf around his neck to use as a leash, Lily happily goes about her day with her companion, although she is surprised by some of his moods (grumpy growls), inability to do any tricks, and raiding the fridge. But who is this sil ...more
Amy Rae
Jul 11, 2014 Amy Rae rated it really liked it
Remember my dumb complaint about Naughty Kitty. Adam Stower? I didn't have any kind of a problem with them here! Same darling main character, funny text, and sweet illustrations, but there's never once a sad kitty-cat. What a great book.
Aug 10, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
"Found: One Very Silly Dog: Color: Brown; Size: Big and Shaggy; Tail: Short; Paws: VERY big; Tummy: Rumbly"

Lily finds "Doggy" in her backyard and immediately takes him in. But Mom says that Doggy must belong to someone who will be missing him, so Lily creates a poster. "Secretly, Lily hoped no one would see it." But the zookeeper shows up to retrieve is escape bear. Lily knows Doggy is where he belongs, but she still missed him ... until Kitty shows up.

I love the newspaper articles on the end pa
Aug 05, 2014 Dina rated it it was amazing
Darling case of mistaken identity. Lily wants a dog so badly that she mistakes a bear in her backyard (escaped from the zoo) for a dog. She puts him thru the normal doggy paces, with some unexpected results. Lily's mom seems pretty sure the "doggy" belongs to someone else, so Lily makes a poster. After the zookeeper claims the bear, Lily finds a big kitty in her backyard. So cute!
Jess Farabaugh
Silly Doggy by Adam Stower is a humorous book for children ages 3 through 5 years old. This book is about a little girl named Lily and her new pet. When Lily looks out her bedroom window believes that she has found a lost loveable puppy, when in reality it is actually a lost and loveable very large bear. Lily and her Doggy become very best friends. Doggy is not like most dogs, he doesn’t eat his food, he cant do tricks and he does do anything Lilly tells him to do, but she still loves him. After ...more
In the book, Silly Doggy!, Lily finds a new friend in her backyard. She always wanted a pet but never got her way. This time she was determined to keep her "doggy". This is a good read for ages 6-7 because of the creativity and placement of the words on the pages. The sentences go right along with the pictures. This is a good way for children to learn about following along with the sentence structure and the pictures.
The plot structure is great because most children can relate to wanting a pet
Colona Public Library
May 27, 2015 Colona Public Library rated it really liked it
This book is a delightful and the illustrations make everything so sweet and cuddly. This was a pleasure to read and look at. I recommend this book to parents that are looking for a fun read along with the author's counterpart book Naughty Kitty! BOTH of these books are available at the Colona Public Library. ~ Ashley
Ruth Ann
Sep 21, 2015 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it
Adorable Lily finds a "pet" in her backyard one morning. She gleefully adopts it and tries to teach it dog tricks. Her mother, however, insists they post a lost and found poster for the animal.

This reminds me of Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett.
Jun 01, 2016 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Another must-have book for my kiddie book shelf! This is a very cute story, wonderfully illustrated about a little girl who finds a silly doggy in her back yard. The only problem is that it is a bear! No more spoilers. Worth the read! Children will love it; I did!
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Adam completed a BA in Illustration at Norwich and an MA in Narrative Illustration at Brighton where he now lives and works. Adam is now represented by Arena agency.

Adam has a passion for drawing and a great love of traditional illustration. He specialises in fiction for children, editorial, character development and product design.

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