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Mr. Scruff

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  72 reviews
A sweetly silly story of a little boy and a dog who make an unlikely (but perhaps perfect) pair.

Everyone knows that owners and their dogs belong together in a unique way. Polly belongs to Molly, Eric belongs to Derek, Berry belongs to Terry. But poor Mr. Scruff, alone in the rescue shelter, doesn't belong to anyone. Then a boy named Jim walks in, and they seem to get along
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Candlewick Press
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Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young children looking for a fun read about dogs
Recommended to Hilary by: Found in the library
This is a quick fun read with a line of rhyming text on each page and lively animated illustrations. Dogs are shown with their various owners until at the end of the book two dogs await a home. Although these two dogs buck the trend of rhyming with their owners like the previous dogs in the story they find their perfect human match.

Perfect for those looking for a quick fun read about canine friendship and rhyming names.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
A quick, fun read! The first few dogs are introduced and we note that not only do they resemble their owners, their names rhyme also. Then, Jim bucks the trend. I smiled as Jim knows his own mind.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet and humorous look at how love doesn’t always follow rhyme (or reason). Love rescue dogs!
Shaye Miller
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a charming, rhyming picture book about dogs and humans who've met their match. Most of the pairs we meet have rhyming names, like "Mick" and "Rick." But when young Jim visits the pet shelter, he meets an older, large dog named Mr. Scruff and he wants to adopt him. Jim's mom and dad are quick to point out that the dog is so big and old while the boy is so small and young and "Surely a puppy would be more fun?" But Jim is happy to have met his match, even if it breaks a pattern that most p ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun rhyming book, perfect for my toddler.
A poetic play on words as perfect matches between human and dog are made, like "Minnie & Vinnie" and "Polly & Molly", all except Mr. Scruff. It's all good, however, and readers will discover how at the clever end. Black outlined watercolors, a bit cartoon-like, help tell this happy story. (I think every animal shelter needs a copy of this book!)

Thanks to Candlewick Press for the copy.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
“This is Polly.
She belongs to Molly.
Then there’s Eric,
who belongs to Derek,
and Minnie, who belongs to Vinnie.
But then there’s Mr. Scruff.”
And who does he belong to? No one.
But who is this coming along?

A delightful little story about connection and belonging, despite one’s differences.

Mary Lee
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another book about dog adoption that rhymes...until it doesn't. Clever ending! ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short and sweet.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
An adorable book about a boy who chooses a dog, Mr. Scruff, to adopt from a dog rescue agency, despite others who think they may not be the best pair. This is a fun, rhyming story about dogs and their owners, and finding others to befriend despite our differences. The dogs in this book all have names that rhyme with their owners, so you could ask children to guess what they think an owner’s name will be after hearing the name of a dog. This is a bright and silly book, and a great choice for dog ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Mr. Scruff is in the animal shelter until Jim claims him. The rest of the dogs rhyme with their owners but this makes their partnership more special.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let’s Be Friends!


Just when you feel you have to look or act a certain way in order to befriend someone, along comes Mr. Scruff, and he breaks all the patterns with his new owner, and friend, Jim.

Dog owners and their pet friends often have a lot in common, even their names. Polly belongs to Molly; Mick belongs to Rick. They seem to be made for each other, and a lot of times, things do go together like that. Bu
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Explore the bond of dogs and their owners in this funny picture book. All of the dogs’ names rhyme with their owners. There is Polly and Molly. Eric belongs to Derek. But Mr. Scruff, well he has no one. He’s in a cage waiting to be adopted. Mick has Rick. There is Lawrence and Florence. When Jim comes to pick a dog, he likes Mr. Scruff and Mr. Scruff likes him too! But Mr. Scruff is big and Jim is small. Mr. Scruff is old and Jim is young. None of that matters though to a boy and his new dog. Bu ...more
J.L. Slipak
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

First off, I love the cover art. It caught my attention right away.

Everyone loves a story about a dog and a boy? Right? If you don't, then you will after reading this one!

This book is mostly in verse about pets and their owners, how there is one for the other. Poor Mr. Scruff has no owner because he's big and old and no one wants him. Along comes Tim and whereas all the other dog owners have names that rhyme with their owners, Tim
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's one of their many abilities humans find uncanny. (If we are wise, we pay attention.) They do not make this decision without careful thought. A variety of questions and the answers are weighed in their minds. Then a selection is made. This choice, when a dog chooses you, will create the best kind of life possible for two individuals. It's an opportunity to explore possibilities you never imagined.

Some will look at you and your canine companion remarking on similarities in physical traits and
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A sweet little boy and his dog story told in delightful and comical rhyme. The dogs in this book are - "Polly - who belongs to Molly", "Eric who belongs to Derek", "Minnie who belongs to Vinnie" (well you get the picture). But, poor Mr. Scruff, is still in a cage and belongs to none. Little Jim wants to adopt him and we all know that names don't matter.

Then comes Mr. Gruff, whose big like Mr. Scruff, but, Mr. Gruff has his eyes on a tiny puppy names Tim, a tiny dog that would have been perfect
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-this-year
In the perfectly paired rhyming world of picture books, grizzled rescue doggy Mr. Scruff should find his person in Duff or Mr. Gruff. And puppy Tim should, of course, belong to a young spunk named Jim or perhaps Kim.

But sometimes we choose each other in spite of—nay! because of—our differences.

Children will delight in the matching people and pets... Watch and see how they react when that pattern is upset.

I especially love that this book features rescue animals, a multi-racial family, and lovin
Oh, Simon James, you will always have my heart! This one might be the best yet. Great for preschool storytime, with the rhyming text, large illustrations with lots of white space, and the heartwarming and unexpected twist at the end. I hope this plants a seed in the hearts of potential dog-adopters out there:

"He's so OLD," says Mom,
"and you're so young.
Surely a puppy would be more fun?"

"No," says Jim.
"He needs a home.
A place to call his very own.
That's what he needs.
And that's enough
for me--
Eve Costarelli
This adorable book about people and their pets will grab attention with its fun rhymes and super charming ink & watercolor illustrations that will definitely elicit giggles. What is really special about this book is its compassionate story of diversity, acceptance and love. Kindness for animals, understanding that our choices have a resounding affect and that love is what makes the world go round. I highly recommend this heart-warming, heart-felt story.
Finding your perfect match? Very sweet. Loved the matches (and how they looked alike) and loved the rhyming. Children will enjoy the similarities. And then...STOP! The perfect match isn't always perfect for obvious reasons or rhymes! Older dogs need chances and homes too. Very good. Loved this. Clever and lovely. ...more
Ann Haefele
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Story in rhyme about dogs and their owners who look the same and have rhyming names such as Minnie and Vinnie. But little Jim comes along and knows what he likes and picks a dog that looks nothing like him and gives it a name (Mr. Scruff) that does not rhyme with Jim. Simon James never disappoints with his illustrations.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute, lighthearted book about dogs whose owners picked them presumably because they looked alike and who have names that rhymed with theirs. But Jim is an original thinker, and when he goes to pick out a dog from the shelter who is a real original! It is love at first sight and they belong together. There is a fun twist at the end, but I won't spoil it for you. ...more
Viviane Elbee
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In this book, all the dogs we meet initially have owners that are perfect fits - their names rhyme, and they kind of look like each other. But then there is Mr. Scruff. Mr. Scruff doesn't have an owner, and when he finally meets someone who seems interested, the names don't rhyme and they don't look alike. That's okay though. A charming message about companionship against the odds. ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: PreK-1st grade
Recommended to Rebecca by: Junior Library Guild
Shelves: children-s
Read this to Kindergarten and 1st graders today. We talked about the rhymes and I asked them to predict the name of the last dog. Very sweet little story. Some enjoyable details in the illustrations, too.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Although this book was somewhat disappointing in that it was NOT a picture book about the DJ named Mr. Scruff, I still found it a worthwhile read that will go over well with all the canine and rescue animal enthusiasts out there.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A precious book about adopting a shelter dog with darling "Quentin Blake"-esque illustrations. Each dog matches with their owner (and has a rhyming name). But no one rhymes with Mr. Scruff...or do they? ;) ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars for thus rhyming dog and mate book
Edward Sullivan
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A little boy and a dog seem an unlikely pair but prove a perfect match.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All of the dogs belong to someone except Mr. Scruff....he doesn't belong to anyone. And so begins a delightful tale about a shelter dog finding his person. Simply-told and so wonderful! ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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Simon James is the award-winning author-illustrator of many children’s books, including such favorites as DEAR GREENPEACE, LEON AND BOB, and the Baby Brains series. His stories often concern a child’s relationship with the natural world. Simon James lives in England.

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