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My Dog, Bob
by Richard Torrey
Richard Torrey, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823433865 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Humor
Recommendations: ★K, PW

CCSS Codes:
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6
W.1.1-3, 5-8
RF.1.1, 3, 3a, 3b, 3g, 4, 4a, 4c
L.1.1, 1b, 1d, 1e, 2, 2a, 2b, 4, 4a, 5
RL.1.1-7, 9

About the Book

Like all dogs, Bob likes breakfast, riding in the family car, and digging for bones. But unlike other dogs, Bob cooks breakfast for himself and his family, drives the family car and digs for dinosaur bones with a paleontologist. When the girl next door challenges Bob's owner to a contest to see whose dog is best, Bob doesn't sit, fetch or speak on command. Bob loses. "I'm sorry," Bob says as the girl and her dog march off in triumph. But to make up for his deficiencies, Bob makes pizza for the family.

Readers will enjoy the wry humor that is underscored by an ironic text and understated illustrations.


"Though the story is short and understated, its gentle, ironic humor and quiet acceptance of individual strengths sends a powerful message. Not everyone has the same abilities, and sometimes one who is less than successful on the playground may be a star at home in the family constellation. Cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor and oil pencil use simple shapes and uncluttered backgrounds to effectively complement the restrained feeling of the succinct text. Quiet and clever, just like Bob." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


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Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What do the cover illustration and title tell you about the book MY DOG, BOB? RL.K-1.4, 7

2. Is this book fiction or nonfiction? Explain. RL.K-1.5

3. Identify the words and pictures that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses. RL.K-1.4.7 / SL.K-1.1

4. Compare and contrast the things that Bob and Truffles can do. What lesson can you learn from the story? RL.K-1.9 / SL.K-1.1