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Bark, George

By Jules Feiffer

HarperCollins, 1999
Pages : 32
Suggested Ages: 2-6
ISBN: 0062051865

"George's mother said: 'Bark, George.'
George went: 'Meow.'
'No, George,' said George's mother.
'Cats go meow. Dogs go arf. Now, bark, George.'
George went: 'Quack-quack.'"

Every time the floppy-eared brown dog tries to bark, he meows, quacks, oinks, or moos instead. George's mother, a matronly olive drab-colored dog sporting a red bandana around her neck, grows increasingly exasperated, gritting her teeth and even holding her head with her paw. George just can't seem to get it right. She takes him to the vet, who says, as he dons a plastic glove, "I'll soon get to the bottom of this." When George meows, the vet reaches deep down inside of George and pulls out . . . a big gray cat. In sequence, the vet pulls out a duck, pig, and finally a cow from deep, deep down inside George. That cures him. Or does it?

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Themes : ANIMALS. BEHAVIOR. CREATIVE DRAMA. HUMOR. MOTHERS.

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Feiffer, Jules. I Lost My Bear. Morrow, 1998.


Feiffer, Jules. I'm Not Bobby! Hyperion, 2001.


Feiffer, Jules. Meanwhile . . . HarperCollins, 1997.


Fleming, Denise. The Cow Who Clucked. Henry Holt, 2006.


Howard, Arthur. Cosmo Zooms. Harcourt, 1999.


Kellogg, Steven. Pinkerton, Behave. Dial, 1979.


Kopper, Lisa. Daisy Thinks She Is a Baby. Knopf, 1994.


Martin, Bill, Jr. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Henry Holt, 1991.


Meltzer, Maxine. Pups Speak Up. Bradbury, 1994.


Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. Putnam, 1995.


Rowe, John A. Baby Crow. North-South, 1994.


Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike. Scholastic, 2002.


Shapiro, Arnold L. Mice Squeak, We Speak. Putnam, 1997.


Waddell, Martin. The Pig in the Pond. Candlewick, 1992.

Critics have said

This pairing of an ageless joke with a crisp contemporary look will initiate many an animated game of animal sounds.
Publishers Weekly