Bad Dog School (Library Binding)

By Barbara Joosse, Jennifer Plecas (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780618133314, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2004



Zippy was a dog with a little too much . . . zip. But that’s the way Harris, his owner, liked him. Zippy made everything more fun, from digging for treasure in the garden to making tidal waves in the tub. The rest of Harris’s family thought Zippy needed obedience school. But obedience school made Zippy so well-behaved that he was no fun at all. Luckily, Harris knew just what to do: send Zippy to Bad Dog School! Barbara M. Joosse’s uncanny understanding of the relationship between children and animals is showcased in this sweet, funny story about compromise.

Praise For Bad Dog School

"Zippy is a small, tan dog of indeterminate breed but distinct character...theme of compromise and moderation...zesty individuality." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews

"There can never be too many dog books, and this humorous the pick of the litter." SLJ School Library Journal

"...trouble-making shenanigans...gleeful sound effects...exuberant patterns of muddy pawprints...add some lively interest to a discussion of good manners" Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books