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From the creator of Blue's Clues...
Discovering that sometimes you have to be a little bad to be very good, Tako the puppy makes a brave choice in this adventure tale and proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. When 8-year-old Ricky Lee finds a puppy on the side of the road, he takes him home and names him Tako. Ricky’s mom and dad agree to let Tako stay under one condition: he must be a good dog who always follows the rules—or it’s off to the pound he goes. Tako wants more than anything to be a good dog and stay with Ricky, but when the Lees open Happy Family Bakery and a competing store owner sets out to sabotage the shop, Tako has to break the rules to protect Ricky and his family.
“The mantra among today’s major publishers is that picture books should be no more than 500-700 words. Why do content providers have such a persistently low expectation of young children? Have they forgotten their own childhoods, when they loved longer books such as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who (both, like The Good Dog, more than 2,000 words)?” —Todd Kessler, author, from his USA Today Op-Ed entitled Parents, Don't Buy Myth of Short Attention Span
“As parents, it’s our responsibility to lay down rules for our children, but there’s no rule that fits every situation. We must discover a deeper responsibility—to nurture our children’s own instincts for truth and fairness. The Good Dog is an outstanding story that instills children with a sense of their own inner capacity for smart decision making.” —Barry Michels, MSW, coauthor, The Tools
“This heroic canine adventure is a powerful testament to the incredible human-animal bond. Readers of all ages will delight in discovering the tale of Tako and Ricky and will find themselves inspired by their triumphant friendship.” —Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D., President and CEO, American Humane Association
"Children and adults alike will enjoy cheering for little Tako, a dog who reminds us that sometimes the ‘bad’ dogs turn out to be the best—if we believe in them and listen closely." —Nicole Forsyth, President and CEO, RedRover
Todd Kessler is the cocreator of the highly successful children’s television series Blue’s Clues. His artistic and innovative creations have garnered him the Peabody Award, seven Emmy nominations, two Television Critics Association awards, five Parent’s Choice awards, first place in the children’s division of the Toronto International Film Festival, and a New York Film Festival Cine Golden Eagle. He lives in Los Angeles. Jennifer Gray Olson is an illustrator who enjoys creating funny and offbeat characters. She is the author and illustrator of Ninja Bunny. She lives in Corona, California.