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Bad Dog

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  88 reviews
The differences between cats and dogs have never been funnier! In this hilarious new story from the illustrator of I Don't Want to Be a Frog, a little girl really, really wants a dog... but gets a cat instead!

"Look what I got for my birthday! A pet dog!" says a little girl holding a... cat? Rocky doesn't listen or obey like all the other dogs. (Because Rocky is a cat.) And
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Published October 1st 2019 by Doubleday Books
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La Coccinelle
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This adorably illustrated book is about a little girl who asks for a dog for her birthday and gets one... sort of. Rocky isn't like most dogs: she doesn't like to go for walks, she won't obey commands, and she really doesn't like water. The girl concludes that Rocky's a pretty bad dog. But there are some things about Rocky that aren't so bad, either: she doesn't bark at the mailman and she doesn't chew up the girl's toys. Eventually, the kid concludes that Rocky would make a pretty good cat... ...more
Silly and cute. Review to come.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The fantastic illustrations are a highlight to this introduction to Rocky the cat, who makes a rather bad dog. As another reviewer said, that cat/dog mixup will probably only be hilarious to the youngest tots, but the illustrations will be appreciated by all audiences.

I'm not going to lie, the idea of a preschooler being given a pet as a birthday present wasn't my favorite part of the book.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Jan Polep
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, my short partner in reading guessed right away why Rocky was considered a bed dog by his young owner. it is hard to decide who is cuter...Rocky or his little girl.
Maria Marshall
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-picture
What a hilarious premise and hook. I just had to read this book. I had to find out why the girl thought Rocky (the cat) was a dog and whether she would ever admit the truth. The book perfectly captures the studied indifference of a cat and the insistent determination of a child to believe that her one birthday wish had been granted. Slowly, the girl begins to acknowledge that perhaps Rocky is better behaved than a dog. Throughout, the bright, bold, expressive illustrations continually contradict ...more
Rocky is a very bad dog... she doesn't do tricks or listen to her human's orders. She's very good at catlike things though, like clawing things up and sleeping. Bad Dog has adorable seeping out of every page as Rocky's human tells you all about her! Every cat owner will find their own fluffy friends in these accurate illustrations of feline mischief & love.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've shared this with a few kindergarten classes and more than once have I been asked to "read it again" when I get to the end.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute story and pictures
Oh my gosh, so cute!
Dwan Dawson-Tape
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Colorful and mischievously silly. ^_^
Rachael Bookfairs
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rocky the cat is a pretty bad dog. Cute.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abbreviewed
Little girls can be very bossy and determined to have their way and the little girl in this story is no exception. She wanted a dog for her birthday and by sheer force of will, a dog she will have. Pay no attention to the fact that what she actually received is, and shall always be, a cat. A cat may be the only creature that is equally stubborn. She tries to teach her "dog" to come, she tries to teach her "dog" to walk on a leash, she introduces her "dog" to other dogs. The feline chooses NOT to ...more
Sometimes our expectations aren't quite matched by reality as shown in this humorous picture book in which a little girl receives a cat for a present. She's thrilled since she's always wanted a dog. But it's clear from the moment she pulls the feline from its box that it's a cat. As anyone who's ever lived with a cat knows, they don't usually do the things one would expect a dog to do such as come when they're called, go for walks on a leash or sit up and beg for treats. Quickly, the little girl ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ehs
I can already hear kinder listeners laughing at me, telling me "that isn't a dog, it's a CAT!" They'll love the irony of the ways Rocky is not a good dog. Illustrations are big and clear -- but is it just me? -- It seems animated films and more and more picture books have a single best style for human faces. As if there were an "acceptable" facial profile. Almost too cute.

It's probably just me.
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Review for blog by Apollo - 12 week old Boxer pup:

So the little girl in the book wants a dog. And she gets one. But it doesn't do the things that dogs should do (like eat dirt). However, it does like to play with shoelaces and with the fishbowl.

I thought the book was cute but my brother Cass has been educating me and I knew right away Rocky wasn't a dog! The artwork was really cool though and Cass told me to show you an example. I think little kids would love it.
Read  Ribbet
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
In his very clever book with bold funny illustrations, Boldt imagines what might happen if a child's birthday present isn't the dog she wanted but a cat instead and the child seems clueless. The "bad dog" doesn't do anything anything a dog would do and seems to have uncharacteristic behaviors. Young readers will enjoy the juxtaposition. It is a good book to use to discuss the importance of assigning the right characteristics to each character!
Isa Rive
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
You can tell immediately from the cover of 'Bad Dog' that this is one of those books where the reader is in on the joke from the get go. But I was hooked as soon as I saw the missing front teeth and excessively wide eyes of the star's owner. Funny, well paced and a great read aloud for early primary. For anyone whose received a gift they didn't want or cat lovers.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A student gave me this book from the book fair. It is absolutely hysterical and reading it aloud to the kids is a riot, this is a great book to read aloud to students, they get engaged and excited. The illustrations are wonderful and have so much detail. The ending is perfect and the kids love it. I would highly recommend this book for teachers/parents to read to their children.
Gabrielle Stoller
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are many books about an animal (or a human) mistaking the identity of an animal for something else. However, this book made me smile. I think the illustrations have something to do with that. I really felt as if the temperament of the cat was captured. This cat really doesn't want to be thought of as a dog. ;)
Brittany Riegert
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: story-time-books
This is just a really cute book. I knew what it was about going into it(little girl thinks her new cat is a dog, therefore thinks the cat is a "bad dog" but can also see the good qualities in the "dog" and loves them anyway) and it delivers on exactly what I expected. Very funny for children who will follow along and immediately see that it is a cat and have a good laugh throughout the entirety of the story.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A little girl gets a dog for her birthday....a dog named Rocky. However, this dog doesn't like to do "dog" things. Because Rocky doesn't listen, Rocky is a bad dog. However, as the story unfolds, the little girl decides that perhaps, Rocky would make a pretty good cat.

I loved the illustrations in this book. Big, bright, bold & full of expression. I also liked the text & format the author used.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this was charming and simple! A little girl explains all the ways her pet, Rocky, is a bad dog. Only it's very obvious to the readers that Rocky is a cat. Haha. A very manageable amount of text--only a sentence or two on each page.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for this "dog" book
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rocky does not act like a good dog should. She does not fetch, stay, or get along with other dogs. What could be the reason why?
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love dogs, bad dogs, and cats
A darling case of mistaken identity and of subsequent disappointment in expectations. This could be a fun interactive read-aloud with kiddos.
Lisa Sassi
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't possibly love this book any more. Rocky is adorable.
Miss Sarah
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A child describes how her dog is really bad at all dog things but could the problem be he's not really a dog? Preschool and up
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - cute. I like books like this - mistaken identity pet stories like Naughty Kitty, Silly Doggy, Sterling Best Dog Ever, etc.
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