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Pug & Doug
ISBN: 9780803735217
Author: Breen, Steve
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Published: January 2013
Retail: $16.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Pug and Doug are best friends, even when their differences lead to a misunderstanding that includes hurt feelings.
Additional Information
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 9.00" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Early Elementary, Animals
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Dog Doug becomes convinced that his best friend, Pug, has outgrown him, but every perceived slight has an explanation (e.g., Pug had meant to write "I'M REALLY SICK OF OLD DOUGHNUTS," but got distracted after "...OLD DOUG"). The misunderstanding is fairly ineffective--a truly suspenseful impasse would have been more interesting--but Breen plants great gags in the charming cartoon illustrations.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 December #3)

A misunderstanding pushes a canine friendship to the brink in this quietly humorous story from Breen (The Secret of Santa's Island). Best pals Pug and Doug know well each other's strengths and shortcomings ("Doug was artistic. Pug not so much," writes Breen, showing Doug sculpting a passable version of Rodin's The Thinker out of snow, while Pug's snowman is a misshapen mutant). Lovers of polka music and bird-watching, they have always successfully navigated any bumps in their relationship, but when Doug finds a shared memento in Pug's trashcan and spies a diary entry that reads, "I'm really sick of old Doug," he's thrown for a loop. Doug leaves Pug an "I'm sorry we can't be friends anymore" note, and while Pug is initially baffled, he quickly figures out what happened and goes full bore trying to set things right. Breen juggles a variety of engaging perspectives throughout his mixed-media compositions, including occasional comic strip–style panel sequences. Readers will recognize the ebb and flow of friendship and the importance of clear communication—especially when it comes to half-finished diary entries about old doughnuts. Ages 3–5. Agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 February)

PreS-Gr 2—This sweet friendship tale imparts its message with gentle humor and minimal didacticism. Pups Pug and Doug are best friends. They like many of the same things, but Doug is sensitive and creative and Pug sometimes likes to be alone. One day Pug doesn't have time for Doug, and, through a series of misunderstandings, Doug decides that his pal is sick of him. When Pug comes by to bring Doug a birthday present, a parrot, he finds a good-bye note on the door. Understanding Doug's misinterpretations, Pug tracks down his friend and explains everything, Doug apologizes for jumping to conclusions, and the two reconcile. The straightforward story is imbued with humor that is underlined in the mixed-media illustrations, and the story lends itself well to reading aloud to a group. Purple Doug (a hound) and beige-and-brown Pug dress in clothes, live in houses, watch Jurassic Bark on TV, and read Hairy Potter. The cartoon-style illustrations move the story along well, with a mix of panels, single pages, and spreads. Educators looking for books on relationships and communication will find a lot to like in this pleasant addition.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

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