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Named one of 100 Great Children’s Books by The New York Public Library and #9 on School Library Journal’s list of the Top 100 Picture Books!

From acclaimed author-illustrator Jules Feiffer, Bark, George is a hilarious, subversive story about a dog who can''t . . . bark! This picture book geared for the youngest readers is perfect for those who love Mo Willems''s Pigeon series.

When George''s mother tells her son to bark, George goes "Meow," which definitely isn''t right because George is a dog. When she asks him again, he goes "Oink." What''s going on with George? Readers will delight at the surprise ending!

Plus don''t miss Jules Feiffer''s wonderful new follow-up: Smart George!

ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice | Maryland Children’s Book Award | Parents’ Choice Silver Honor | Keystone to Reading Book Award (Pennsylvania) | Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award | Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award (North Dakota) | Florida Children’s Book Award | Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book | Buckeye Children’s Book Award (Ohio) | Arizona Young Readers’ Award | ALA Notable Children’s Book

“Feiffer’s characters are unforgettable…the pictures burst with the sort of broad physical comedy that a lot of children just love. It all makes for a witty, laugh-out-loud play on the old favorite about the old lady who swallowed a fly.” —ALA Booklist *(Starred Review)*

“Young readers will roar with laughter at this slapstick farce.” —School Library Journal *(Starred Review)*

Amazon.com Review

When George''s mother tells her son to bark, he meows. She patiently explains that "Cats go meow. Dogs go arf. Now, bark, George." But he quacks! Then oinks. Then moos. Becoming less patient and more exasperated, George''s mom takes him to the vet, who reaches deep down inside the errant pup, and, much to everyone''s surprise, pulls out a cat! Then a duck, a pig, and finally a cow. George is cured, and barks at last! On the way home, his proud mother wants to show off her convincingly doglike son to everyone on the street. But when she says, "Bark, George," he simply says, "Hello." This is the simplest offering yet from Jules Feiffer--creator of the delightful picture books Meanwhile and I Lost My Bear. Still, his are intensely expressive, alive, and hilarious. None of it will be lost on the youngest of readers who will giggle every time George fails to bark, every time the vet extracts a new animal, and at the final punchline, too. In a world of often overdone or underdone picture books, this fine Feiffer creation is just right. (Click to see a . Copyright 1999 by Jules Feiffer. Permission by HarperCollins Publishers.) (Ages 2 and older) --Karin Snelson

From Publishers Weekly

In just a few pen strokes and just a few words, Feiffer (I Lost My Bear) outlines the playful scenario of a puppy who cannot say "arf." The images are striking, with no background details or props but the unobtrusive text. In the initial spreads, a big dog and a little one face each other from opposite sides of the book: "George''s mother said: ''Bark, George.'' George went: ''Meow.'' " As George proceeds to quack, oink and moo, his dismayed mother grimaces and puts her paw on her head in the classic gimme-a-break gesture. She takes her afflicted son to a veterinarian, who snaps on a rubber glove and decisively repeats the title command. This time, when the pup meows, "The vet reached deep down inside of George... And pulled out a cat." Feiffer reverses the old-lady-who-swallowed-a-fly plot and boosts the giddiness with every barnyard animal removed from tiny George. The pen-and-ink close-ups of the dogs and vet are studies in minimalism and eloquence, and the characters'' body language registers intense effort and amazement. Rather than being black-on-white, the illustrations get a boost from cool pastel hues. This pairing of an ageless joke with a crisp contemporary look will initiate many an animated game of animal sounds. Ages 2-6. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 What''s to be done? When George''s mother tells him to bark, the puppy meows then quacks, oinks, and finally moos! Like any good mother, the canine marches her son to the vet, who sets right to work. Reaching deep down George''s throat, the vet pulls out a cat! But this does not solve the problem, and the doc continues his hilarious extractions. Deep inside his patient, he finds a duck, a pig, and even a cow. At last, when all are removed, George utters an "arf." Young readers will roar with laughter at this slapstick farce with simple line drawings, set against pastel backgrounds, which convey a full range of emotions. But the loudest laughs will come from the readers who share their lives with dogs. When the pup leaves the vet and joins the crowds of people on the street, his mother proudly tells him to bark. George''s answer? "Hello!" No surprise to any dog owner who knows what''s really deep inside that furry body. Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-A lovable pup tries to bark, but all that comes out are other animals'' sounds, until a cathartic trip to the vet unleashes the problem. A pack of fun, with droll illustrations and deadpan text. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

When measured against some of the glitzy picture books the year has produced, this one looks plain. There are no details to break up the flat colors used on the background. Even the characters are simply drawn, colored shapes determined by thick, black lines. But oh, the expression Feiffer manages to coax out of a few keen strokes. George''s mother wants George the puppy to bark. When he meows instead, she scolds him: "No, George. Cats go meow. Dogs go arf." But George can''t seem to get it right--first quacking, then oinking, and finally mooing, as his mother becomes increasing distraught. Eventually, it''s off to the vet, who literally gets to the bottom of things when he pulls an amazing assortment of beasts out of unsuspecting George''s open mouth. What happens next is a wonderful surprise. Feiffer''s characters are unforgettable, the text is brief and easy to follow, and the pictures burst with the sort of broad physical comedy that a lot of children just love. It all makes for a witty, laugh-out-loud play on the old favorite about the old lady who swallowed a fly. Stephanie Zvirin

Review

George is a puppy rendered irresistible by the cartoonist Jules Feiffer''s practiced hand. For the grown-up reader, the artist''s simple text may read like a tongue-in-cheek spoof of those well-meaning infant information books that tell a toddler what he doubtless already knows: that cats say meow, ducks go quack-quack, pigs say oink, and so on. Beside herself when her pup seems able to say nothing resembling "arf," George''s mother trots him off to the vet. This canny practitioner soon discovers the unexpected causes of George''s malady. Feiffer''s deadpan graphic absurdities will delight both young and old. This animated cartoon between book covers even come up with a wacko surprise ending. A 1999 Parents'' Choice Silver Honor Winner. (Selma G. Lanes, Parents'' Choice®) -- From

From the Back Cover

"Bark, George," says George''s mother, and George goes: "Meow," which definitely isn''t right, because George is a dog.

And so is his mother, who repeats, "Bark, George." And George goes, "Quack, quack."

What''s going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer.

About the Author

Jules Feiffer has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays, including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His books for children include The Man in the Ceiling, A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears, I Lost My Bear, Bark, George, and Meanwhile... He lives in New York City. In His Own Words...

"I have been writing and drawing comic strips all illy life, first as a six-year-old, when I''d try to draw like my heroes: Alex Raymond, who did Flash Gordon, E. C. Segar, who did Popeye, Milton Caniff, who did Terry and the Pirates. The newspaper strip back in the I 1940s was a glorious thing to behold. Sunday pages were full-sized and Colored broadsheets that created a universe that could swallow a boy whole.

"I was desperate to be a cartoonist. One of my heroes was Will Eisner, who did a weekly comic book supplement to the Sunday comics. One day I walked into his office and showed him my samples. He said they were lousy, but lie hired me anyway. And I began my apprenticeship.

"Later I was drafted Out of Eisner''s office into tile Korean War. Militarism, regimentation, and mindless authority combined to squeeze the boy cartoonist Out Of me and bring out the rebel. There was no format at the time to fit [he work I raged and screamed to do, so I had to invent one. Cartoon satire that commented on the Lin military the Bomb, the Cold War, the hypocrisy of grownLIPS, the mating habits of urban Young men and women, these were my subjects. After four years of trying to break into print and getting nowhere, the Village Voice, the first alternative newspaper, offered to publish me. Only one catch: They couldn''t Pay me. What (lid I care?

"My weekly satirical strip, Sick Sick Sick, later renamed Feiffer started appearing in late 1956. Two years later, Sick Sick Sick came out in book form and became a bestseller. The following years saw a string of cartoon collections, syndication, stage and screen adaptations of the cartoon. One, Munro, won an Academy Award.

"This was heady stuff, taking me miles beyond my boyhood dreams. The only thing that got in the way of my enjoying it was the real world. The Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights revolution. The country was coining unglued and my weekly cartoons didn''t seem to be an adequate way of handling it. So I started writing plays: Little Murders, The White House Murder Case, Carnal Knowledge, Grownups. All the themes of my comic strips expanded theatrically and later, cinematically to give me the time and space I needed to explain the times to myself and to my audience.

"I grew older. I had a family, and late in life, a very young family. I started thinking, as old guys will, about what I wanted these children to read, to learn. I read them E.B. White and Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl, and, one day, I thought, I ley, I can do this."

"Writing for young readers connects me profess sionally to) a part of myself that I didn''t know how to let out until I was sixty: that kid who lived a life of innocence, mixed with confusion and consternation, disappointment and dopey humor. And who drew comic strips and needed friends--and found them--in cartoons and children''s books that told him what the grown-ups in his life had left out. That''s what reading (lid for me when I was a kid. Now, I try to return the favor."

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Joan of Art
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Approved by a thousand or more pre-K students
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2020
II am a pre-K art teacher. After students finish their art projects I read a book to them. This is the all time favorite. I have had special ed students recite it word for word. Every one loves it.It is one of the books I buy every time I have to give a baby... See more
II am a pre-K art teacher. After students finish their art projects I read a book to them. This is the all time favorite.
I have had special ed students recite it word for word. Every one loves it.It is one of the books I buy every time I have to give a baby gift.

The other two mandatory books are Goodnight Gorilla and The Incredible Book Eating Boy. I have read The Incredible Book Eating Boy to several thousand children from kindergarten through 5th grade as a substitute teacher. I became known as "the sub who read the book about the boy who eats books."
Buy all three. Your kids will love them all. They are better baby gifts than cutsie clothes the kid will outgrow before they are worn out.
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This funny story, about a puppy who makes many different animal sounds before he learns to bark, is a great read for preschool to young school aged children. I used it to help preschoolers associate animal sounds with specific animals. It also lends itself well to... See more
This funny story, about a puppy who makes many different animal sounds before he learns to bark, is a great read for preschool to young school aged children. I used it to help preschoolers associate animal sounds with specific animals. It also lends itself well to extension lessons about word associations. Teaching children that words like hammer-nail, letter-mailbox and umbrella-rain are associated word pairs helps develop their vocabulary and mental file cabinet. Great for use by teachers and speech/language pathologists...as well as parents of young children.
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Giggles, Smiles, Humor and Prediction-Bark George has it ALL!!!
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2016
I purchased this book about two years ago because I teach at the elementary school level and when I was working through my methods classes for teaching, I had an instructor who read this book to our class to demonstrate its effectiveness for predicting and how it can just... See more
I purchased this book about two years ago because I teach at the elementary school level and when I was working through my methods classes for teaching, I had an instructor who read this book to our class to demonstrate its effectiveness for predicting and how it can just be a fun read. My students loved it, due to its humor and its fictional content. I had a colleague who recently adopted her granddaughter and when she heard me reading it to my class she asked if she could borrow it to read with her 4 yr old gd. Her granddaughter loved it so much (even took it to share with her preschool friends) that I told her to keep it and I would buy another one later. So...fast forward 6 months. I love reading this book so much to my kids that I just had to purchase it in its hardcover form! If you love to lighten the mood, hear the giggles of little voices, see the smiles on their faces, and enjoy having your children predict what comes next; then, this will definitely cover all of those aspects. Happy reading!!!
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I could only read the first few pages in the "look in the book" feature. The Vet literally pulls out the full sized animals from the dog... not something i would read to my kids. It ends with "hello" so the vet would have to pull out a full sized human from the puppy, by... See more
I could only read the first few pages in the "look in the book" feature. The Vet literally pulls out the full sized animals from the dog... not something i would read to my kids. It ends with "hello" so the vet would have to pull out a full sized human from the puppy, by extrapolation. I think books can be funny, but they shouldn''t lie. I didn''t like it at all... and i can''t give it to kids.
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Not George the Monkey, but George the Puppy . . .
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2006
You''d think a mother dog would have no trouble teaching her pup how to bark. But in this hilarious picture book, George''s mother doesn''t have it so easy. She tells George, the puppy, to bark, and he meows, quacks, oinks and moos, but doesn''t go "arf". Something is... See more
You''d think a mother dog would have no trouble teaching her pup how to bark. But in this hilarious picture book, George''s mother doesn''t have it so easy. She tells George, the puppy, to bark, and he meows, quacks, oinks and moos, but doesn''t go "arf". Something is terribly wrong--and it makes for a delightfully funny book by Jules Feiffer.

If you''re a parent and you haven''t come across this gem of a book yet, I recommend you take a look at it. Jules Feiffer started his career drawing cartoons and comic strips and it shows in his work here. It might seem strange to call a book with such simply drawn pictures and hilarious text elegant, but it''s true. Each page has only foreground characters, the background is a single soft color that highlights the characters and their comic expressions as George''s predicament gets worse and worse. The drawings are simple line drawings, but they convey exactly what the author wants them to, coming across as finished comic art. Each scene spreads over two pages to create a complete layout of the story at that moment. Usually the mother dog is on one side telling George to bark, while George responds with a regular menagerie of sounds on the other side. Sometimes the two page spread is crossed over for one single drawing, such as when the vet pulls a cow out of little George''s mouth. The images are drawn large enough that even a crowd full of children can interpret what''s happening on the page. The text is simple, repetative and funny as all get-out. It''s a perfect read aloud story for youngsters and will give them the opportunity to respond to the story, telling the reader that a cat goes meow, not a puppy, and so forth.

From personal experience, the humor in this book is probably best with a kindergarten age group, but preschoolers who might not get the humor in it''s entirety will still enjoy the story and the animal sounds. Adults will probably get a kick out of the story too: I''ve had more than one parent break into chuckles while I''m reading this to their children. Feiffer has the artistry and the knowledge to create an excellent book for children and has lived up to those skills. I only hope he can continue the trend with more delightful reads. For those who enjoy Bark, George, I''d also recommend Hi Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter (it''s out of print but well worth finding) as well as Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine.

^_^ Happy Reading! Shanshad
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My favorite childrens book
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2013
This is a perfect book to read to, or with, a child. It has a good but simple storyline, surprises, and great opportunities for fun and dramatic sounds as we discover the reasons George goes moo, oink, and quack instead of being able to bark. I read it to a... See more
This is a perfect book to read to, or with, a child. It has a good but simple storyline, surprises, and great opportunities for fun and dramatic sounds as we discover the reasons George goes moo, oink, and quack instead of being able to bark.
I read it to a kindergartner, and now she asks for it every time we read. She follows along with me and chimes in whenever the mother dog tells George, "Bark, George!"
This uber-simple story has charm, surprise, sly wit, and enough repetition of words to encourage the youngest reader. I''ve found it is a surprise favorite of some older readers too -- a second-grader quickly swooped it up out of a pile of books and wanted us to read it together.
Jules Feiffer is a genius. I had no idea he wrote books for children, and am delighted now to count this as one of my very top picks for books to read for (and with) children K-2 or perhaps older.
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Great for "animal sounds" to keep listeners engaged
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2019
I am a Volunteer Therapy Dog Handler with my partner, Bella, at our public preschool. I bought this book and "We" read it to a class of kiddos ages 3-4. Some are developmentally challenged. They all loved to make the various sounds and enthusiastically agreed that DOGS... See more
I am a Volunteer Therapy Dog Handler with my partner, Bella, at our public preschool. I bought this book and "We" read it to a class of kiddos ages 3-4. Some are developmentally challenged. They all loved to make the various sounds and enthusiastically agreed that DOGS DON''T MOO, QUACK, MEOW OR OINK. What a fun engaging story. I am going to read it next to my class of 2-3 year olds. It was a HIT! The teachers were amazed at how the entire class stayed with me for the whole adorable story !
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My 4 yr old loves this book and understands the humor. He keeps wanting to read it over and over and the book makes him giggle every time! He’s so excited that he’s talking about it to his grandma and friends!
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Something just a little bit different
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I bought this for my 2-year old grandson, having heard it recommended. It is a really lovely story - with a bit of a twist. I liked it so much I took it into school and read it to a class of year 2s - who loved it! I may have to buy another copy now for my grandson!!
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Brilliant book, taken ages to find. A must have for the book shelf.
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Hilarious for toddlers
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I bought this book for my grandson and he adores it - have to read it over and over and he still laughs at the ending as he did the first time. I would say this book is great for 2-4 years old.
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