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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.” More
Summary: George is a puppy who can't bark, but can make all manner of other animals' sounds. A helpful vet one by one pulls out all the other animals that were hiding inside George. There is lots of silliness in animalia.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 1.3
Age of Child: Started reading with 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He doesn't really grasp the silliness of all these animals being inside George or the lunacy of reaching into a dog to pull out the visiting animals.
Adult Reader Reaction: A riot! It is very funny to see the vet pull a COW out of George to stop him mooing.
Pros: Introduces kids to whimsy and the art of the one and only Jules Feiffer.
Cons: Younger kids won't get it, or might actually try to reach inside the family dog.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least initially. Your child may love it so much you need to add it to your shelf.