Book Review: Bark, George

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Why is George making other animal sounds when his mother asks him to bark? Bark, George is a hilarious, predictable book for young ones.

Author & Illustrator: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 3-6 Years

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Books have been life savers during our forced incarceration thanks to last month’s snowstorm. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer is an old gem that we picked up just in time for the snow-days. I enjoyed reading this book over and over as much my kids loved listening to it.

It is a very simple story really. George is a puppy who does anything but bark when his mother asks him. (Why does she as him to bark I wonder?) He meows, quacks, oinks, and moos, but he just won’t bark! George’s mother is puzzled and worried but she has learned a thing or two having lived among humans. She marches George to the vet to find out what is wrong with him. The vet gets to the bottom of the mystery much to George’s mother’s delight. The end has a delightful twist that will leave you laughing.

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My three-year-old was thrilled by the silliness of it—a dog that can’t bark left him in giggles. This is a good book for toddlers and preschoolers because it is predictable. We guessed the animal that made the sound and we guessed which animal sound came next. The ending took my five year old by surprise and then she broke into giggles. It was too complex for my three-year-old.

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Jules Feiffer’s illustrations really brought the story home. They are very simple without too much detail cluttering up the page. The expressions though are perfect! The vet putting on his gloves before he checked George fascinated the kids. The suspense was just too much when he put on the extra-long glove! (I won’t tell you why so you can find out on your own). Looking at the expressions on George’s mother’s face you feel her pain when she is at the vet’s.

The kids loved Bark, George so much we got a copy for our home library.

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