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The Poky Little Puppy

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  76,015 ratings  ·  879 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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Susan My absolute favorite book as a child, too! I happened to find it at a World Market one day not long ago and bought another copy. (The one from my chil…moreMy absolute favorite book as a child, too! I happened to find it at a World Market one day not long ago and bought another copy. (The one from my childhood is packed away somewhere.....) Loosely summarizing, a litter of puppies digs under a fence and go out to explore the wide, wide, world. The Poky Little Puppy wanders off from his littermates and explores on his own. When the group realize pudding is being made they go home, but because they were naughty and dug under the fence, they go to bed without any. The Poky Little Puppy shows up later after everyone else is asleep and gets to enjoy the pudding! Similar adventures continues over a couple of days and then the puppies learn how to not be they ended up getting dessert. When the Poky Little Puppy finally gets back home, his brothers have eaten all the dessert so he had to go to bed without any. It's the sweetest little story ever!(less)

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Aug 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.

This book was so stinking adorable. I love the illustrations, they are so amazing. It sure was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. Definitely a good one to read. I love sharing all my favorites with my little niece's :) The Poky Little Puppy is one that's really enjoyable to read over and over.
Jan 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-children
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
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone tired of the whole Vampire/Werewolf phenomenon.
Recommended to Bradley by: Grandma
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy
Deceptively simple, it allows the reader to fall into the trap of believing that the one who lags behind ALWAYS gets the dessert. There's a twist here, though!

The worldbuilding was pretty fantastic, with a god-like creature that keeps sending signs to all the anthropomorphic creatures that romp about, giving and taking away favours all willy-nilly, almost as if it was attempting to teach all the characters a very important lesson.

I honestly thought the message was taking over the story a bit too
The book is a cute as ever. Still a classic. Preschool age.
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A disturbing tale about bestiality. Just kidding.
Shawn Thrasher
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
I remember this being one of my favorite books that I read when I was a kid!! :)
Tonight this was a reread for my niece. Still cute as ever. Preschool age.
L. McCoy
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it

Damn, I seriously have mixed thoughts on this.
On one hand, I thought the story was cute, I enjoyed reading it to my dog! The illustrations and puppies are so cute!
On the other hand, their owner is mean. So your puppies come home after they could have died because your dumb-ass just let them run around wherever the fuck they want and instead of “AWW I’M SO HAPPY
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the books that sparked my love of reading...I've recommended it and given it as a gift countless times.
This is a cute, fun read for young-readers! Also an inspiration to a short story I just finished writing for And So The Adventures Begin, for children! :) ...more
La Coccinelle
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This might be the bestselling picture book of all time, but I think it's starting to show its age. It might be sacrilege to even suggest, but I think it could use some updates.

I have no issue with the pictures (which are cute) or the basic story (which is repetitive, but fairly entertaining). My unease stems from the feeding of desserts to dogs... especially the chocolate custard. That's a dangerous idea to be giving little kids, as chocolate is toxic to dogs. Besides, dogs don't need rice puddi
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
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another from the pile that Neo had to take the lead reading. The basic story tells of how five little puppies are making their way from home and finding mischief, particularly the slowest (poky) puppy of all. Where they come upon a strawberry, all five realize that food awaits them at home, so they rush home, again taking the journey up, over, and through things. By the end, that darned poky puppy is still lagging behind. Neo did well with this story, though we are still perfecting the best way ...more
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kids
Shelves: classics
A classic! If you know what a little golden book is, then you'll definately know this one. Colourful drawings and cute puppies having adventures.
Reviews May Vary
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awwwwwww... I just saw this book in the pile of books ready for giving out at the hospital!! Classic! ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love this story
Heather Blair
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this about a thousand times & counting... ...more
Loved it as a kid. Wordy for a baby, but I can’t wait to read it to Will again when he is older. Puppies + dessert is my entire wheelhouse.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Jason by: Probably mama
Shelves: 2011, child-lit, fun-size
I bought this book recently because Borders is going out of business, and I don't have a copy of it. Mama has the one I used to read as a child, and I wanted one at the house for when the nieces and nephews come over. The youngest four are of an age to enjoy it.

I just reread it again on 8-14-11, and was surprised at how many creatures of darkness there were in it. Peppered throughout the narrative is a spider, a snake, a lizard, a frog, and some bugs. In short, everything you need for the creepy
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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, the futility of putting up signs for creatures who can't read, counting (addition and subtraction), up and down, back and forth, creepy-crawly things, colors, expanding your horizons, finding your way home, misbehavior and its consequences, gluttony, just desserts (pun intended), mother love and - ultimately - atonement, forgive
Katie Foster
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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?).
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A favorite from way back when.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
Please do not feed your dog chocolate of any kind.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love reading this book to my little guy!
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Janette Sebring Lowrey (March 2, 1892 – March 17, 1986) was an American children's writer, best known for writing the beloved children's classic, The Poky Little Puppy.

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