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Marley: A Dog Like No Other: A Special Adaptation for Young Readers

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  5,657 ratings  ·  544 reviews
Meet Marley, a yellow furball of a puppy who quickly grows into a large, rowdy Labrador retriever. Marley is always getting into trouble, whether he is stealing underwear or crashing through doors. But those who know and love Marley accept him as a dog like no other. He brings joy to his family and teaches them what really matters in life.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Collins (first published January 1st 2007)
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Dec 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Still trying to figure out how to read the last two chapters to Samuel (5-years-old).

Update: We did it! We read the whole thing together! In Chapter 20, Beating the Odds, I left out only a few details, and then we had a conversation about some pretty advanced issues for a 5-year-old, and he really seemed to process very well. It was a while before we read another chapter, but when we got back to it, I didn't leave anything else out, and we finished the book. . . including Marley's death. Samuel
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was a really good book. And all of the dog lovers should read it because it's a really good book. After, you read it i suggest you go see the movie. BRING TISSUES!
Alexis Bordi
The book that I read was “Marley A Dog Like No Other”. This book was good, I liked the language that the author had. Marley is a troublemaker. First, Marley is digging in the laundry. Then, Marley is crashing through screen doors. Third, Marley is flinging drool on their guests. People may say that Marley is the world’s worst dog, but if you really know how Marley acts despite his mischievous ways, his heart is pure and his personality is irresistible. I recommend this book to people from 4th gr ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the kids version of the book Marley and Me. I decided to read it to see if it would be OK for some of my grandkids.

Marley, a Yellow Lab, was not only the most destructive dog I've ever heard of, but also the funniest! There's no way on earth I would have kept a dog that ate, chewed on or ripped up anything AND flunked obedience school twice! But, I have to admit, I was cracking up at some of his antics.
Yes, Marley, at age 13, is failing in health and mobility and is eventually put to s
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
It was 4.5 stars, but then the end was 1.5 stars because it was really really sad. It was really funny at the beginning when the author was 10 he had a perfect dog, so he was expecting another perfect dog, instead, he got the most terrible dog in history. One time, they left him alone in a garage that was indestructible, but there was a lightning storm so he wrecked the whole garage, even the steel, and he got a cut so he smeared the garage in blood. But Marley was okay.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a fun book to read! I have seen the movie countless times and read the adult version. (Forgive me if I mix them together) This fits into my theme of dog/human meaningful relationships. This dog seems to find trouble at every turn and even develops some funny phobias (thunder) that drive his owners crazy. What was interesting about reading the kid version is how much they don't talk about the adults' problems. Most of their issues are not appropriate for young kids, but in the adult ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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In this condensed version of John Grogan's best-selling MARLEY & ME, the author has written an adapted version of his life and times with his Labrador Retriever, Marley, that's perfect for younger readers.

Having read and fully enjoyed MARLEY ME when it was first released, I was a little anxious to see how Mr. Grogan would handle a shorter, easier-to-read version for the middle-grade set. Fortunately, MARLEY: A DOG LIKE NO OTHER is a fun, vibrant, and compellin
Miamikel SS
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is flawless ~ written to the level of it's intended target and brilliantly humorous, touching and thought-provoking at the same time. From cover to cover, you'll love Marley as much as John and Jenny and the kids did!

My son picked this up from the library as his weekly reader book - he's 8! I was worried about the subject matter - having skipped the movie (on purpose, I am such a sap and knew I'd leave the theater sobbing incoherently) I feared this book would be 'too advanced' for a 2
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Stephenie Eriksson
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm recovering from this read that has been in my stack for at least five years. When everyone was reading it, I just couldn't face it. I knew some of the topics were going to hit too close to home, and I was not in the right place emotionally to read it. I picked it up yesterday and finished it this morning. I loved this book. It was an emotional read no matter when I read it. We have an aging dog, not quite the world's worst dog, but she is rotten and exhibits some of the same characteristics ...more
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this book is good and I love reading it and seeing the movie it gets said but i still think that it is great
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
“My gosh, I exclaimed. “It’s him. He’s back from the dead” (Grogan 195). This quote was pulled from the book, Marley A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan. This book is about a family who wanted a dog. When they looked for dogs only one stood out to them, a dog who was soon to be known as Marley. Marley was a crazy and wild dog who even though caused a tremendous amount of trouble they always loved him from the bottom of their hearts. For example, when they left their home they came home to destruc ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is hands down the best book I’ve ever read. Ever. It is an emotional rollercoaster all over the place with an even more emotional ending! And even though I had already seen the film I still managed to cry my heart out, at the ending - this being the only book to ever make me cry - The writing style is great as you feel you go along the journey with both John and Marley, and it is a nice small size/easy read. On the whole it is most definitely better than the film, and I would recommend it t ...more
Ananya Layek
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having the most disobedient dog of the world(even more than Marley, sigh!!), I could totally relate to Marley and his owner!! And the storytelling is hilarious! I was bursting into laughter while reading this book from time to time no matter whether I was in a public place or not.

An awesome read for doglovers.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jake Adams
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought it was a very good book but it is very sad towards the end. I liked the whole story about marley and I loved watching him grow up and become an amazing dog. From being a crazy dog that no one wants to being someone's best friend.
Pauline Zander
2.5 stars

Cute but not v special
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was very good. In the beginning it talks about when the guy was a child his father took him to get a dog and he did a test to see which dog would be afraid and which one would not flinch. This would determine which one was the right one. The guy grew up and him and his wife wanted a dog so when they went to look at some he did what his father taught him. The dog they chose grew up and he was unlike every other dog they had.
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
John and Jenn are living there life as a marryed than they have chrildren and there dog marley is a devil but brings them back together. They struggle sometime with there family but they always get back. They are your typical family with a dog nice house money and chrilren.. When Marely dies they are al very heart broken but they do get over it. when they were struggling with this they finally got over it.
i can not connect to this book in any way. but it is good and for people that w
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Why did I think I could get through this without crying? I cried during the movie!

This really was a great summer book to read with the kids. Had thoughtful discussions with my 7 year old about growing up, loyalty, and it being okay to cry.

Wonderfully written for children (no swear words, a lot of funny doggy potty references, perfect analogies, etc.) without dumbing the emotional content down. Truly a universal, winsome story for anyone who's owned a pet and experienced the loss.

Be forewarned:
Emma Mylinson
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Meet Marley, a yellow furball of a puppy who quickly grows into a large, rowdy Labrador retriever. With an appetite for nearly anything he can get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry, Marley is always getting into trouble. Some may say he's the world's worst dog.

But those who know and love Marley accept him as a dog like no other. His heart is pure and his larger-than-life personality irresistible. With unconditional love and loyalty, he brings joy to his family, the Grogans, a
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I told myself I wouldn't cry because I saw the movie; but I was wrong. The is a amazing story of a puppy turning into a dog. It makes you develop an amazing connection with the characters as the author describes them. I would recommend this book to people who don't cry very easy and if that person like non-fiction. What I like most about the book is John's point of view on his perception of Marley. I loved how Marley would follow him around the house, because that is what my two dogs do with my ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I gave the book Marley five stars because I thought the whole book was great. Marley the dog made the whole book funny. I thought the whole plot was great and that it had a great story line. The end of the book was kind of sad but I still liked the book because the plot and the characters were funny. Marley is what made the book such a great book because he was always doing funny things and that is what made it such a great, interesting, fun to read book.
Domenique Camilleri
Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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This book is just like Marley and Me and it was easier, I liked this book because it was just like the other and this book is for anyone who loves a good story. I also liked this because I just love dogs so this is a book for me and this book is always in my head even though I havent read it in a long time
Thuý Diệu Lê
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. I'm going on the roller coaster of emotions throughout the reading. It was so funny, warm-hearted but also heart-crushing. Marley is such a cute and adorable dog. He resembles so well my current puppy. After reading this book I learn that we really should love our pets more and more cz the only world they have is us.
Trudy Parmarter
Apr 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Read this for a local book club. Not a big dog fan but the life of the journalist interested me.
Hannah S.
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I loved this book soo much. I can read it over and over and over again. I read it so slow because i didnt wan to put it down and end it. But when i did i wanted to read it again.
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is about a family dog that is a lot of trouble. The dog is very bad and the family wants to get rid of it. Later in the story the family realizes how much they love the dog.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, the way John Grogan has wrote it, it was great, it brings me to tears everytime I read it.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's very rare that I ever give five stars for a book.I thought the book was a little emotional.I would read more books from Jhon Grogan
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John Grogan has spent more than 25 years as a newspaper journalist. Previously he worked as a reporter, bureau chief, and columnist at newspaper in Michigan and Florida. He is also the former editor on chief of Rodale's Organic Gardening magazine. His work has won numerous awards, including the National Press Club's Consumer Journalism Award. His first book, Marley & Me, is a number one internat ...more

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