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Good Rosie

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  758 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo and cartoonist Harry Bliss introduce some delightfully doggy dogs in a warm, funny tale of a timid pup who needs a friend.

Rosie is a good dog and a faithful companion to her owner, George. She likes taking walks with George and looking at the clouds together, but the closest she comes to another dog is when she encounters her reflection i
ebook, 36 pages
Published by Candlewick (first published 2018)
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Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I wouldn't recommend
Recommended to Hilary by: Found in the library
I was really disappointed with this book, the illustrations are quite nice and I like the idea of a comic strip early reader, but after reading a page or two I found it very boring. The old man who owns Rosie takes her to the park where she meets a St Bernard she doesn't like, she is called a bad dog for growling at the big dog and told to be friends. A Chihuahua arrives that Rosie doesn't want to play with either, and then (after being bored I was suddenly really shocked) the St Bernard picks t ...more
La Coccinelle
Apr 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I think is one of the first times I've ever read a picture book that needed a trigger warning. I'm surprised (and appalled) that this is by Kate DiCamillo, one of my favourite children's book authors. While the overall premise isn't terrible (even if it does seem aimed at very young children), there's a horrifying incident in the book that killed my enjoyment of the rest of it. This should never have been published as it is.

What happened, you might ask? At the dog park, Rosie meets a big dog nam
Cartoon/graphic style format tells the story of Rosie. She is a bit reluctant in making friends when owner George takes her to the park.
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 2 stars
Art: 4 stars

A lonely dog makes friends when her owner takes her to a dog park. Not a particularly memorable story, especially from a multiple-Newbery winning author. A dog's best friend is the alpha dog of the pack, which is the owner, and this particular dog spends a lot of time with her owner; therefore, her loneliness seems odd to me. Then there is the fact that even the least intelligent dog in the world can tell the difference between a stuffed toy and another live dog.

The art
Here's a book that I'd call a first-chapter graphic novel, illustrated by the accomplished Harry Bliss (Diary of a Worm, about a thousand New Yorker covers, and more). Kate DiCamillo perfectly captures the difficulty of making new friends using dog protagonist Rosie, who longs for friendship, yet isn't sure how to get it, even after her owner, George, takes her to the dog park. I don't recall a lot of friendship stories that are this honest about social anxiety: "It makes Rosie feel lonely to lo ...more
Shaye Miller
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told in graphic novel style, Rosie is a “good dog” who lives with George. One day they go to the dog park and she is overwhelmed by so many other dogs, so she keeps her distance until she realizes one of the dogs needs her help. In the end, we discover how three very different dogs become friends. Definitely clever and humorous — this one will be a great one for first day of school or any time a child is heading into a large group of other children. The illustrations are very done in watercolor ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Any story that encourages facing your fears and making friends is usually a hit for me. However, I was deeply disturbed by (view spoiler) As soon as I saw it I flipped the page as fast as I could because that would FREAK OUT my kid. So, definitely not my favorite dog book. ...more
Jordan Henrichs
Pretty good pairing, DiCamillo and Bliss. Perfect illustrator for this simple story about a lonely dog wanting some friends. I liked the graphic novel, episodic style of this picture book.

While most books about dogs tend to be about their loyalty and friendship with their owners, this one seems to be about a good dog who becomes downright bored of his owner! Is that weird?
This graphic style picture book is the story of a Jack Russell Terrier named Rosie. It describes her day and first adventures in a dog park. It's cute and children who love dogs/animals will enjoy it.

However, I seriously dislike picture books that act like chapter books. Pick one or the other.
Patricia N. McLaughlin
Oct 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
“Read me a story about a boring middle-aged man and his lonely dog!” said no kid ever. Cartoonish illustrations add to the doldrums of this dud, and the horrific scene at the dog park subtracts a star. A big goose egg for book-mill profiteering off the respectable names of author and illustrator!
Carol Scrimgeour
I found the art to be much stronger than the story.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had my six-year-old son read this to me, and we both had a very good time. The theme is simple: how to make friends. As usual, DiCamillo adds a lot of emotion and depth with her focus on little details only the specific character knows; in this case, Rosie, the dog, looks in her empty silver dish each morning after breakfast and says hello to the dog she sees looking back at her, but that dog doesn't answer. When she gets to go to the dog park, she's nervous and, at first, doesn't want to play ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rosie is a little dog. She looks in her food bowl and wants the dog she sees to talk back to her. The dog clouds in the sky don’t talk back either. She wants a friend. Then one day she goes to the dog park and isn’t sure how to make friends. She doesn’t like the two dogs who try to befriend her until one day things change.
Brona's Books
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosie is a good dog, but she's also a little shy and nervous about leaving the house. The park is a bit too busy and the other dogs too noisy and active.

This is the story of how Rosie overcomes her fears and embraces new friends. Charming and delightful with some slightly odd-ball moments. Good Rosie! is a picture book designed as an early graphic novel with nine short chapters.
Chance Lee
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-it
This book is bonkers. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to laugh when Maurice, the big dog, shook Fifi, the yappy dog, like a rag-doll bunny and almost swallowed her whole, but I thought it was hilarious. The illustrations are really nice, and this reads like a short chapter book. ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting and fun blend of picture book and graphic novel. Sweet gentle story about being brave and making friends. Harry Bliss's cartoon illustrations made me smile. I loved the scenes with Fifi who becomes Fif and the St. Bernard! ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet book by one of my favorite authors!
Scooter Reads
I like dis book. Rosie is good dog and meets good friends. Maurice is funny but Fif too yipyip.
Rachel Yoder
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Definitely some funny moments. I could easily hear the voices of the three dogs.
Lu's Reviews
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Lu is a DOG FAN. Good Rosie is a good fit. In it, a little dog talks about being lonely and is then uncertain when faced with a new place and new dogs. She ends up with friends and is no longer lonely. The illustrations in this are really lovely, especially of Rosie. Fif stood out to me because she is not as detailed as the other two. ::shrug::

(May 2019, library book)
A sweet tale of a dog named Rosie who lives a quiet, routine life with her owner George. One day George decides to change their routine and go to the dog park instead of their daily walk and what results is the awkwardness of making new friends.

Just like with many of DiCamillo's books, Good Rosie doesn't hit you over the head with a grandiose plot or an obvious lesson. Instead, its quiet simplicity makes you think and just enjoy a good story.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z_18, picture-books
Feel like I'm missing something because the reviews here and professionally are very star-filled. I skimmed it and it's a picture book. The chapters and panels weren't necessary, or they weren't effective for me. LOTS of words for a book with panels. It wants to be a graphic novel picture book, but it doesn't feel like one. ...more
Mary Lee
Picture book in panels and chapters. Classic Harry Bliss illustrations that fall just a bit flat for me--two of the dogs are very realistic, but Fifi has cartoonish eyes. Why aren't they all realistic?

Great story about making friends. Would pair well with QUIET WYATT.
Jaina Rose
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
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What a cute book!

I don't usually go for childrens' books, but when I got the invitation to review this new little comic book by Kate DiCamillo I thought it looked great and snapped it up.

It's definitely a lot shorter than my usual fare, but it's still fun! The story is a simple one but a very sweet one, about a lonely little dog with a lovely old owner and her attempts to make friends at the dog park.

When I think about the story a
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rosie is a sweet little terrier who lives alone with her master and she is mostly content, but she doesn't have any friends. One day while walking Rosie through the park, her master decides to try something new--the dog park! At first Rosie is put off by a giant St. Bernard with somewhat startling drool and chewing habits and hugeness. Then she is put off by a tiny breed in a rhinestone collar who seems a bit too jumpy and yappy and tiny. (Very 3 bears-ish) She looks at her owner and mentally as ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Rosie is a dog who lives with George. She gets lonely without any other dogs to play with. Still, George takes her on walks and that makes her less lonely. When George sees a dog in the clouds in the sky one day, he is inspired to take Rosie to the dog park. There are lots of dogs there, but Rosie isn’t sure how to make friends. She doesn’t like big Maurice who is too loud. She also doesn’t like Fifi with her sparkly collar and jumping around. But when Maurice plays too roughly with Fifi, Rosie ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the adorable story of Rosie and her person. We begin with their daily routine, and an acknowledgment that Rosie seems somewhat sad...discovered after a particularly active round of "guess the clouds". Her person sees that sadness and knows just what to do...bring some more friends into little Rosie's life and the dog park is the PERFECT place for meetings new friends! Right? Umm, well, yes and no. If you've any notion of childhood, one can not force friends on another, whether they be hu ...more
Alex  Baugh
In this graphic chapter book perfect for early readers, a lonely little terrier named Rosie lives with elderly George. One day, George tells her they are going to try something new. Sure enough, it's off to the new dog park. But as lonely as Rosie is, she doesn't like the dog park, there are just too many strange dogs. When a big St. Bernard named Maurice and a small yappy dog named Fifi want to play with her, Rosie wants none of it. But when Maurice begins to play roughly with Fifi as though sh ...more
Well known author Kate DiCamillo teamed up with author illustrator Harry Bliss known for his illustrations in the Diary of a worm series. They have created a graphic novel picture book with short chapters. Rosie is a small dog living with an older single gentleman George. Rosie is quit lonely because the dog in her food bowl does not bark back neither does the cloud dog but when George and Rosie try something new, the dog park, it is kind of scary. She doesn't know any of the dogs and when they ...more
Erin *BookDragon_Library*
I thought the comic book style early reader format was interesting. But I dislike the size of the book because it makes me want to place it in picture books although it is broken in to tiny chapters which would normally want to make me file it in early reader but the size is too big.

I’m not a huge DiCamillo fan (except for Mercy Watson) so I sort of go in to everything of hers expecting their to be some depressing themes. Yep. I feel bad for poor lonely Rosie who just wants a friend and can’t s
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Kate DiCamillo, the newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

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