Good Dog

by Cori Doerrfeld (Author) Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)

Good Dog
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

This charming picture book, from the author-illustrator of The Rabbit Listened, follows an adorable stray puppy who exemplifies what it truly means to be a "good dog."

"Good Dog stole my heart. A satisfying tale of a stray dog who finds his person."--The New York Times Book Review

When a puppy in need of a friend follows a kind girl into town, he lands himself into all sorts of trouble. He gets lost. He's nearly run over. And he gets chased out of a bakery for being a "bad dog." But when the pup and the girl reunite in the park and she leaves behind her favorite doll, the puppy has a chance to prove just what a good dog he really is! This heartwarming story told with bold, beautiful illustrations and sparse text is a perfect read-aloud book and great for beginning readers.

Families who enjoyed Kelly DiPucchio's bestselling Gaston, Patrick McDonnell's lovable characters, and Mike Twohy's award-winning Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! will fall in love with Cori Doerrfeld's Good Dog.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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A black-and-white stray with a wistful look grabs a chance to do good in this story by Doerrfeld (The Rabbit Listened). The dog spots a neighborhood preschooler and her mother headed for the park, then follows her, saves her stuffed animal, returns it, and finds a new home in the process. The text is the twist: it's a series of fixed, easy-to-read phrases ("Sad dog. Good dog! Hopeful dog. Search dog.") that follow a variety of pooches throughout the pages. "Sad dog" follows a spread of the hungry stray getting booted from a bakery while another owner says "Good dog!" to his own hound. "Hopeful dog" describes the stray as it trails the girl to the park, and "Search dog" accompanies its setting out to find her among hordes of diverse park-goers. Doerrfeld's spreads recall Lauren Castillo's, with friendly figures outlined in soft black. This dose of cuteness also provides a tale of heroism, in which the stray dog's watchfulness and initiative earn it a new chance at life. Ages 4-8. Agent: Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency. (Aug.)

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★ "This is a delightful picture book with a lot of meaning."—School Library Connection (starred review)
Cori Doerrfeld
Cori Doerrfeld is the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of The Rabbit Listened and has also created art for such books as That's Life! and Help Mom Work from Home! Originally from Illinois, Cori moved to Minnesota for college and quickly fell in love with the state's natural beauty. This book is her homage to the North Shore along Lake Superior as well as the magnificence and mystery one may find when surrounded by nature. It is also a nod to her dad and Grandpa Lenny and an examination of the many layers that make up the human experience. Today, Cori can still be found exploring Minnesota--now with her husband, two children, and rescue dog, Jinx.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 07, 2018
BISAC categories
JUV002190 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pets
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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