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Bad Dog
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by David McPhail
David McPhail, Illustrator

Paperback | 24 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 6.99
ISBN: 9780823432981 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Easy Readers, Humor
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
K: RF. 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RL. 1-10
1: RF. 1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RL. 1-9
2: RL. 1-7

About the Book

Forgiveness and love triumph in this charming, easy-to-read story of a family dog who is rarely on his best behavior, but whose heart is always in the right place.

Tom the dog is being bad. He ruins Mom's flowers. He breaks the TV. He chases Kit the cat. Finally Dad says Tom must go. "No!" the children protest. "We love him so!" Luckily when Kit goes missing, it takes someone with four legs and a powerful nose to find her.


"Clear, direct text focuses on Tom's many shortcomings. . . . For all his naughty habits, Tom remains a cherished, four-legged member of his family." "—School Library Journal

"Humor abounds . . . Readers may also make an emotional connection to a beloved pet as they witness the unconditional love the children have for their 'bad' dog." "—Booklist

About the Series

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!