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The differences between cats and dogs have never been funnier! In this hilarious new story from the illustrator of I Don't Want to Be a Frog, a little girl really, really wants a dog... but gets a cat instead! "Look what I got for my birthday! A pet dog!" says a little girl holding a... cat? Rocky doesn't listen or obey like all the other dogs. (Because Rocky is a cat.) And The differences between cats and dogs have never been funnier! In this hilarious new story from the illustrator of I Don't Want to Be a Frog, a little girl really, really wants a dog... but gets a cat instead! "Look what I got for my birthday! A pet dog!" says a little girl holding a... cat? Rocky doesn't listen or obey like all the other dogs. (Because Rocky is a cat.) And Rocky hates her leash and doesn't seem to like other dogs. (Probably because Rocky is a cat.) And rather than play fetch, Rocky prefers to... lick between her toes? Ew. Rocky is a bad "dog"! BUT Rocky doesn't bark, and is so cute when she sleeps in sunny spots. Maybe Rocky IS a good dog? (Or, you know, maybe Rocky is a cat.) Cat lovers and dog lovers alike will howl with laughter at this little girl's willful insistence that her cat is a dog. The hilarious ways in which cats and dogs are different are brilliantly illuminated with each turn of the page and will leave young readers and their grown-ups giggling.


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The differences between cats and dogs have never been funnier! In this hilarious new story from the illustrator of I Don't Want to Be a Frog, a little girl really, really wants a dog... but gets a cat instead! "Look what I got for my birthday! A pet dog!" says a little girl holding a... cat? Rocky doesn't listen or obey like all the other dogs. (Because Rocky is a cat.) And The differences between cats and dogs have never been funnier! In this hilarious new story from the illustrator of I Don't Want to Be a Frog, a little girl really, really wants a dog... but gets a cat instead! "Look what I got for my birthday! A pet dog!" says a little girl holding a... cat? Rocky doesn't listen or obey like all the other dogs. (Because Rocky is a cat.) And Rocky hates her leash and doesn't seem to like other dogs. (Probably because Rocky is a cat.) And rather than play fetch, Rocky prefers to... lick between her toes? Ew. Rocky is a bad "dog"! BUT Rocky doesn't bark, and is so cute when she sleeps in sunny spots. Maybe Rocky IS a good dog? (Or, you know, maybe Rocky is a cat.) Cat lovers and dog lovers alike will howl with laughter at this little girl's willful insistence that her cat is a dog. The hilarious ways in which cats and dogs are different are brilliantly illuminated with each turn of the page and will leave young readers and their grown-ups giggling.

30 review for Bad Dog

  1. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    This adorably illustrated book is about a little girl who asks for a dog for her birthday and gets one... sort of. Rocky isn't like most dogs: she doesn't like to go for walks, she won't obey commands, and she really doesn't like water. The girl concludes that Rocky's a pretty bad dog. But there are some things about Rocky that aren't so bad, either: she doesn't bark at the mailman and she doesn't chew up the girl's toys. Eventually, the kid concludes that Rocky would make a pretty good cat... This adorably illustrated book is about a little girl who asks for a dog for her birthday and gets one... sort of. Rocky isn't like most dogs: she doesn't like to go for walks, she won't obey commands, and she really doesn't like water. The girl concludes that Rocky's a pretty bad dog. But there are some things about Rocky that aren't so bad, either: she doesn't bark at the mailman and she doesn't chew up the girl's toys. Eventually, the kid concludes that Rocky would make a pretty good cat... without ever seeming to realize the actual species of her new pet! The story is cute enough, but the illustrations are what make this book so appealing. The style is both cartoonish and detailed, and both cat and child are adorable. (The girl actually reminds me a bit of Disney's Lilo.) The facial expressions are precious, and show Rocky at her mischievous best. I think kids (as well as adults) will enjoy this one. Books like this that tell one story with the text and another with the illustrations can be really effective if done well. And this one is. Quotable moment:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    Silly and cute. Review to come.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Rocky is a very bad dog... she doesn't do tricks or listen to her human's orders. She's very good at catlike things though, like clawing things up and sleeping. Bad Dog has adorable seeping out of every page as Rocky's human tells you all about her! Every cat owner will find their own fluffy friends in these accurate illustrations of feline mischief & love.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maria Marshall

    What a hilarious premise and hook. I just had to read this book. I had to find out why the girl thought Rocky (the cat) was a dog and whether she would ever admit the truth. The book perfectly captures the studied indifference of a cat and the insistent determination of a child to believe that her one birthday wish had been granted. Slowly, the girl begins to acknowledge that perhaps Rocky is better behaved than a dog. Throughout, the bright, bold, expressive illustrations continually contradict What a hilarious premise and hook. I just had to read this book. I had to find out why the girl thought Rocky (the cat) was a dog and whether she would ever admit the truth. The book perfectly captures the studied indifference of a cat and the insistent determination of a child to believe that her one birthday wish had been granted. Slowly, the girl begins to acknowledge that perhaps Rocky is better behaved than a dog. Throughout, the bright, bold, expressive illustrations continually contradict the sparse text, heightening the humor and providing some extra gags and treasures. All the while comparing and contrasting the differences between cats and dogs. Each spread will have the kids and their grown-ups snickering and snorting. Overall, this is a great book on adjusting ones dreams, comparing some of the differences between cats and dogs, and highlighting the love between a child and a pet.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Loved it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    The fantastic illustrations are a highlight to this introduction to Rocky the cat, who makes a rather bad dog. As another reviewer said, that cat/dog mixup will probably only be hilarious to the youngest tots, but the illustrations will be appreciated by all audiences. I'm not going to lie, the idea of a preschooler being given a pet as a birthday present wasn't my favorite part of the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dwan Dawson-Tape

    Colorful and mischievously silly. ^_^

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Little girls can be very bossy and determined to have their way and the little girl in this story is no exception. She wanted a dog for her birthday and by sheer force of will, a dog she will have. Pay no attention to the fact that what she actually received is, and shall always be, a cat. A cat may be the only creature that is equally stubborn. She tries to teach her "dog" to come, she tries to teach her "dog" to walk on a leash, she introduces her "dog" to other dogs. The feline chooses NOT to Little girls can be very bossy and determined to have their way and the little girl in this story is no exception. She wanted a dog for her birthday and by sheer force of will, a dog she will have. Pay no attention to the fact that what she actually received is, and shall always be, a cat. A cat may be the only creature that is equally stubborn. She tries to teach her "dog" to come, she tries to teach her "dog" to walk on a leash, she introduces her "dog" to other dogs. The feline chooses NOT to respond with a consistency that demonstrates truly cat-like behavior. Rocky the cat is a VERY bad dog, but in the end, when her owner becomes more open-minded; Rocky is, almost always, a very good cat. Children often believe that pets will behave in a preconceived manner and can find it difficult to match their expectations to the animal's actual proclivities--even when they expect to interact with the right species. Lassie, Snoopy, Grumpy cat and other personified critters leave an impression on children that doesn't match reality. This book is a wonderful reminder that adapting is an owner's responsibility and it delivers this message with outstanding humor. Such as a terrified kitty with slitted, slanting, suspicious eyes facing off against friendly dogs. The illustrations are huge and fill the pages with color; the size and brilliance of the pictures reinforce the determination of the main characters to force their will each upon the other. The little girl's acceptance of her pet at the end of the book would make for a great conversation on accepting pets and people for who they are instead of who we want them to be. A really wonderful book for it's humorous approach to a classic stand-off.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Madeline M Miesen

    Really good Because this is a really good for you for adults and children quick and simple and the pictures are very cute. It's funny or something kids with really appreciate.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Sassi

    I couldn't possibly love this book any more. Rocky is adorable.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jaymie

    3.5 stars - cute. I like books like this - mistaken identity pet stories like Naughty Kitty, Silly Doggy, Sterling Best Dog Ever, etc.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Margaux

    This one would make a great read-aloud. I can just picture the kiddos going "that's not a dog!!!" and laughing when she says "Rocky would make a really great cat!"

  13. 4 out of 5

    Austin Gullett

    At first glance, this is just a cute story about a pet and the misunderstandings of a young child. However, there's a deeper layer that discusses that effects of expectations and the ways in which we think may not always match the reality of a situation. I'm sure a kid would find this book hilarious, though.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    Yo, little girl, that's a cat

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    For cat fans and kids alike I love this book it’s funny and cute

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Funny!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grab

    I giggled at every page.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I loved this picture book. It’s so funny and cat owners will totally relate

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin Buhr

    The premise of this book is picture book genius. The words announce: "Look what I got for my birthday! A pet dog!" while the pictures tell the reader that it's obviously a cat. The kid's grumbling from their about their "bad dog" who doesn't listen or do tricks is hilarious. The expressive cat is particularly funny. A clever concept that is well delivered.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    Clueless little girl thinks her cat is a dog.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Adorable and hilarious!

  22. 4 out of 5

    wildct2003

    Cute story and pictures

  23. 5 out of 5

    Judy Ripke

    The most interesting thing about this book is the photo of the author as a child with his dog. The author's note and the end page tells how his family now has three cats. It would be good for children to discuss where he might have gotten his story idea.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Bookfairs

    Rocky the cat is a pretty bad dog. Cute.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided by the publisher I don't do much with picture books, but this was an amusing enough tale with super cute illustrations. It's probably best suited for 2-4 year olds, since older children will not be as amused by the misunderstanding that the "dog" is actually a cat.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Connie T.

    Here's a cute case of mistaken identity. Rocky is a "bad dog" because Rocky is a really great cat. The illustrations were colorful. The narrating character looked too much like Lilo (from Lilo and Stitch).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    My kids loved figuring out the joke in this book, which makes it clear in the illustrations that the animal at its center is a cat, while the text speaks casually about this pet as though it is a dog. I tend to dislike books where the narrator is clueless, but my older two girls thought it was hilarious. Unfortunately, I think my youngest (2) may have gotten cats and dogs mixed up thanks to this book, as I've had to correct her repeatedly when she has identified Grandma's cat as a dog. Oops.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mabel

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  30. 4 out of 5

    Miss Melissa

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