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Bark, George

by Jules Feiffer

Published by HarperCollins, 1998
24 pages
ISBN: 1-56397-709-5

Ages 3 - 8

When a mother dog gives her puppy the command to bark, he meows instead. Then he quacks, oinks, moos, and makes just about every animal noise except barking. His mother takes him to the vet who reaches deep into George's mouth and pulls out a cat, duck, pig, and cow. Feiffer skillfully balances predictability and surprise throughout the story which makes it story funny to children and adults alike. The spare text also leaves the story open to interpretation, particularly the meaning of the delightful twist at the end of the book. Honor Book, 2000 Charlotte Zolotow Award CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Children; Picture Books for Older Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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