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Pinkerton the dog is sent to obedience school but learns his commands wrong....

Title : Pinkerton, Behave!
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ISBN : 9780803727229
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Pinkerton, Behave! Reviews

  • Clacie
    2019-01-03 16:38

    A freebie on Kindle. Not really impressed. As a former obedience instructor, I found the portrayal of training Pinkerton absurd. Even my kids know how important training the family dog is, and that it takes time to meet the training goals.

  • Lesley
    2018-12-19 16:38

    Read this today to a kid at work, loved it!

  • Brenda
    2019-01-06 13:51

    Another Christmas gift for my nephew ... I remember reading this book fondly. It is about a Great Dane named Pinkerton who hasn't got the obedience training down at all. The illustrations are as adorable and funny as I recalled. I hope as he gets older, he will enjoy looking at the pictures and enjoying the silliness of Pinkerton.

  • Kaitlyn Smith
    2018-12-22 09:37

    This was one of the first books I ever read..

  • Lindsay
    2019-01-14 08:40

    Mt 5yo LOVED this book.

  • Brenda
    2018-12-18 09:35

    This is a 35th Anniversary Edition of the original Pinterton Behave!The art work has all been done over and the book is really cute. I thought the story was good for keeping children engaged and I think the library where my Mom works will really be happy to receeive this book. I won a copy through "Shelf Awareness" in exchange for an honest review and also to go to the library for the kids. My Mom volunteers time at a very small library with an even smaller budget. I think the kids will really enjoy the book and if they have the original that doesn't matter the art work has all been redone!Here is the description as found on Good Reads:Pinkerton doesn't understand his owner’s commands. When told to come, he jumps out the window. When asked to fetch, he destroys the slippers instead. Pinkerton’s desperate owners take him to obedience school, but he flunks out in record time. Then one night a burglar breaks into their house, and Pinkerton is able to put his bad habits to good use.

  • Denise
    2018-12-22 09:48

    While this book doesn't have the same extreme level of visual detail as some of Steven Kellogg's other works, it's still a gem. The artwork is beautiful. All the dogs depicted, especially Pinkerton, are adorable. The story is fun, especially for young readers who may only just be discovering the concept of thinking in opposites (that may be a reason I loved it so much as a kid). Something I've noticed through all the Kellogg books I've read recently is the awesome level of diversity in the characters and their portrayals. Many ethnicities and genders are depicted and are not bound by cultural stereotypes. Sure, some may be done for a laugh (like the short, stocky cowboy owning and adoring a fluffy, white poodle with pink ribboned ears) but generally this diversity in appearance and role doesn't seem to be motivated by anything other than incorporating the incredible diversity of the real world into the story world. Just another reason this and every other Steven Kellogg book I've read is awesome.

  • Sandi
    2019-01-10 13:48

    Pinkerton, Behave! (Kellogg, 1979) became the first of several books Kellogg wrote about the lovable, hapless harlequin Great Dane. The story and the illustrations are original and entertaining for both children and adults. Adults will smile at the name of the obedience school, “Doctor Aleasha Kibble’s Canine University” emblazoned over the building which is styled after the Greek Parthenon. Both adults and children will cheer when Pinkerton saves the day after flunking obedience school. The text and illustrations must be “read” together to get the full meaning of the book. This is the art of Pinkerton, behave! And it achieves Steven Kellogg’s definition of the art form of picture books, “a synthesis of literature and the visual arts, and the relationship of the written word and the picture is its essence”

  • Becky
    2019-01-08 13:41

    Pinkerton the dog is unruly to the point where he fails obedience class miserably. But all his faults provide the perfect solution to a frightening problem -- a break-in at his house. Pinkerton gives the armed burglars what-for, and saves the day.I read this book because it was on the banned/challenged book list, and I wanted to see what was up. I'm guessing it's banned/challenged because there are guns in a lot of the pictures, and the mom in the book is even threatened with a gun. Is that why? If anybody knows why this book is banned, please chime in; I'd like to know.In any case, I don't think this book (or any book) should be banned, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I thought it was shrill -- especially in the case of the obedience school teacher. She made me nervous!

  • Nancy Kotkin
    2019-01-03 12:48

    I remember liking this picture book as a kid. Of course I would - the dog saves the day. But as an adult, I have some issues with it. I read the updated 35th anniversary edition (published 2014; the original book was published in 1979), in which the gun was removed. (I don't remember being frightened by the gun as a child; but then, I grew up in a different era.) Still, the burglar looks dirty and oafish. But my main complaint is the dog trainer; she is belligerent, short-tempered, and doesn't seem to know anything about dogs. I would have given this picture book only 2 stars, but I bumped it up to 3 for the sake of nostalgia. And because Pinkerton, the Great Dane puppy, is a hero after all.

  • Kacie Fincher
    2018-12-18 16:42

    Pinkerton is a dog who just can’t seem to listen to the rules. When his owners become fed up with trying to train him, they take him to an obedience class. Quickly the trainer sees that Pinkerton is not going to listen and might just be a lost cause. Every time Pinkerton is given a command, he does the exact opposite. However, when a robber comes into the house, Pinkerton does just what he is supposed to. This book has been classified as a controversial book because there is an image of the robber holding a gun to the head of the mother. Despite that, the book is very cute and shows haw a dog can really be a human’s best friend.

  • Brittany Messer
    2019-01-09 16:41

    Pinkerton, Behave is a cute story that all children will love. Children will fall in love with Pinkerton, the dog, and will want to read more stories about this big, loveable dog. The text is very simple with a dre words on each page. The pages sometimes contain only one words because they are commands like, stop,come, and fecth. The illustrations are very comical and add so much detail to the story. Pinkerton is a very relatable character because he is stubborn and wants to do what he wants to do. The children will love Pinkerton and will want to see and read where his new adventure will lead.

  • Wen's Buzzing Reviews
    2019-01-04 08:35

    This was a hilarious book.. Pinkerton is one confused pooch when it comes to learning commands. He does the exact opposite of what is to be expected. His owner even tried to get him professional help,but nothing seemed to help. Poor Pinkerton tried his best and still got bad grades...Needless to say, I had to stop reading to catch my breath from laughing so much..Each page had me wondering what this coo-kie dog would do next. The kids really enjoyed Pinkerton and couldn't get enough of him...

  • Heidi-Marie
    2018-12-18 12:55

    Classic Kellogg illustration with humor constantly present as well as needing to be sought out. The story itself wasn't really funny for me until the end. But I liked it all the same. I think this is better as a lap-read so the reader can point out who is doing the talking or the thinking (since it is not consistent and there are never quotation marks to alert you that someone IS talking). It could still work in a storytime. A school-age group would get the humor. Preschool might, but I'm not sure.

  • Fibersian
    2019-01-06 11:29

    I love Steven Kellog's illustrations. THis book was a favorite of my own kids. A great read aloud. The pictures support the story and tell the details. Simple sentences and pictures that allow kids to participate in the reading. I read this to a class of 4 year olds. They loved the humor.A mom and daughter family (nice definition of a nontraditional family) adopt a Great Dane and his size and behavior presents a problem until they "speak" his language and he foils a burglar.

  • Ms Threlkeld
    2019-01-04 13:39

    I am so glad I revisited this book as an adult! I adore the style of illustration and giggled at Pinkerton's interpretation of various commands. As someone who works with kids, it was also a great reminder about how people learn differently and we shouldn't expect our students to all learn the same way. The picture of the burglar holding a gun to someone's head may be too scary for the younger set.

  • Barbara M
    2018-12-19 09:29

    Read to grandchildren while at the beach house. I love Steven Kelloggs art and his dog Pinkerton is such a crazy animal. It thought it would appeal to my grandchildren, especially since they have had some big and crazy dogs in their lives. They didn't seem to get it as much as I would have liked. A bit disappointing but it might have been the circumstances. I'd like to get my hands on the first Pinkerton book next time.

  • Lissie Moore
    2018-12-25 15:59

    This book is a great book for second graders to read by themselves and as a read aloud for first grade. This book is humorous and shows that having a dog is a lot of responsibility. It also shows that everyone learns in different ways, and we can make do with what we know. This was a really good book and I would really recommend it to anyone with kids or a teacher.

  • Karen
    2018-12-29 15:39

    Poor ol' Pinkerton- he tries, he really does, at obedience school. But he just ends up being a bad influence. Ultimately, though, he gets to be the hero. Very funny- CC laughed out loud several times. Amazed at the burglar illustrations including a gun- Kellogg wouldn't have gotten away with that these days.

  • Jason
    2019-01-07 09:58

    I agree with Kellogg's decision to remove all references to guns in the illustrations and text, but I don't think the new illustrations are an improvement on the original. The lovely, clean and crisp lines of the original are superior to this edition and I miss the borders around the pictures (which reinforced the tight, detailed artwork). The story's basically the same, so no quibbles there.

  • Bree
    2018-12-27 16:49

    Notes:great dane mixes up commands which comes in handy when an actual burglar threatens mom with a gun in the middle of the night; not a fan of the violence aspect but my 10 yo son thought it was funny; not recommended for young ones

  • Jessica
    2019-01-16 12:55

    An amusing little tale of Pinkerton the dog who just doesn't seem to be trainable. Will he save the day? It's cute - I got the older version with original illustration, so I can't speak to the newer illustration version.

  • Mti Librarian
    2019-01-15 12:44

    I brought this book home to provide a little entertainment for a small child that was visiting. This was one of my favorite picture books when I was little. The illustrations are fantastic, cute and clever. We all have or know of problem dogs, but we love them anyway.

  • Bari
    2018-12-21 12:32

    I love Steven Kellogg and he doesn't disappointed. Children will be laughing out loud with the way Pinkerton behaves, (think Marmaduke). I used this book for story time group ages 3 - 5 and was a big hit.

  • Kelci Cox-Griswold
    2019-01-06 16:41

    This was a cute book. I love the books about Pinkerton because he is so fun. This book would be god to show kids how pets can be protective. However, it may not be appropriate for school because it shows a burglar with a gun.

  • Dolly
    2019-01-05 15:47

    This is a cute story about a puppy who flunks out of obedience school, but his family knows him well and they are able to get him to help them fend off a burglar. It's a silly tale, but the illustrations are colorful and fun and our girls really liked it.

  • Katie
    2018-12-22 10:48

    My 2 year old daughter is currently obsessed with this book. She loves the "hamburglars." I think the burglar kind of scares my older kids, but she doesn't really understand that so she loves it.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-12-21 14:49

    Unruly but genial pooch puts his bad habits to good use on a burglar. Fun story in a "revised and re-illustrated" edition which I have not seen so I cannot compare.

  • Wendy
    2019-01-13 08:56

    This was the first library book I ever incurred massive fines for --that I remember.I just ordered it to have and it's as awesome as I remembered.;)

  • Rachel
    2018-12-16 08:36

    Cute story and I love Kellogg's illustrations. The reason this has four stars is that I managed to find a copy of it signed by the author at a book sale, so very happy with that.