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Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
Published by Candlewick Press
Pages: 32
Ages: 2 and up
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Publishers Summary:

George is a dog with all the best intentions. And his owner, Harry, has all the best hopes that George will be a well-behaved dog when he leaves him alone for the day. But when George spies a delicious cake sitting on the kitchen table, his resolve starts to waver. You see, George loves cake. . . . Uh-oh. What to do now? It’s so hard to be a good dog when there are cats to chase and flowers to dig up! What ever will Harry say when he gets back? Chris Haughton’s fetchingly funny story and vibrant, retro illustrations are sure to lure dog lovers of all ages – and anyone who has ever met a temptation too good to resist.
Bold, hilarious artwork captures the innocent charm of affable George, a dog who is trying to be good – with disastrous results.

Turkeybird Gets Caught: So, ummm…yeah. I really really like George. See, a while ago my mom let me color by myself and I thought it would be a lot of fun to use my face instead of the paper. Who wouldn’t?! So I did this to my face (see the picture on the left). It’s super super funny! Don’t you think? You love it! Right? Well, mom didn’t like it so much. She wasn’t mad, and I even think I saw her laughing, but she said I probably shouldn’t have drawn on my face and just the paper. Bummer.

This was just like George and his chocolate cake! There’s no way I could not eat that whole super yummy chocolate cake if it was left out! No way! So I felt bad for George when he got sad because I would be the same as George. I was super happy when Harry took him for a walk and was really nice to him because I know he didn’t mean to be bad. It was chocolate cake! My mom said that maybe George could do something else to help him forget the cake, like go for a walk and that sounded nice. So maybe next time I think I’m going to draw all over my face or eat a whole cake I will go outside for a little bit with Littlebug.

Oh! You should now, this is a super silly book too. All the pages when George eats the cake or digs up the flowers are super funny! I kept laughing and laughing over and over and over. I love this book and I really super like George!

Mom’s Two Cents: When temptation strikes the unassuming yet lovable dog George what’s he to do? With every intention of making the right choices and pleasing his very loving owner George still can’t seem to help himself. Because who could truly ignore a delicious chocolate cake or a good romp in the flowers? Thankfully for George he’s got Harry and Harry is the best owner a dog could ask for, making them a perfect pair.

Oh No, George! was our first introduction to the creative world of Chris Haughton and it’s been a wonderful beginning! Not only is Oh No, George! a book that children can relate to, but the colors and illustrations immediately grab readers. Having now read both Oh No, George! and Little Owl Lost I can honestly say that our family is hooked! His humor and style remind me quite a bit of Jon Klassen in his book I Want My Hat Back, though Haughton definitely has his own signature “look”.

In Oh No, George! you have what would seem to be a simple story about a dog who’s been left home for the day while his owner is off at work or where ever he may be. Harry (the owner) asks George to be good and of course George is eager to comply with the request. Obviously it’s not quite so simple. As a mom of two typical kiddos this was a story I was extremely happy to share! What child when told not to touch the cookies, the markers, the shiny expensive whatever isn’t instantly drawn to that very thing? The will power required is next to impossible and quite honestly, humorous for the onlooker (of course unless they do actually break the shiny expensive whatever).

Not only was Oh No, George! fun and entertaining to read with my kiddos, but perfect for sharing some important lessons in a way that they could absolutely understand. George at various points felt tempted, excited, mischievous, remorseful and at times completely distracted. There were lessons for everyone reading. Not only did the kiddos recognize the importance of listening and doing the things they are asked, but the ability there is to be forgiven when they do make mistakes (because it’s bound to happen). Also, for both myself and the kiddos we were able to talk about ways to divert your attention away from the temptation by either me involving them in another activity (much like when Harry takes George for a walk outside) or by them choosing to play with something entirely different. All of this being said, as I mentioned, it’s still fun, entertaining and filled with situations that had both Turkeybird and Littlebug rolling on the floor with laughter.

Without any doubt in my mind Chris Haughton has another huge hit on his hands with Oh No, George!. This seemingly simple story is filled with lessons for children and adults alike, but is told in a way that all who read it will thoroughly enjoy their time with the book. Chris Haughton brings his characteristic quirky illustrations filled with vibrant colors to the pages within Oh No, George! and with them brings to life a very lovable dog who you can’t help but fall head over heals for. Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton was an instant hit in our home and I’d highly encourage readers of the very best picture books to run out and read it immediately!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 to 8 (Although, adults will love this one!). A marvelous story about a very lovable dog trying to make the right choices. Perfect for teaching kiddos how to avoid temptation all while keeping them entertained with brilliant illustrations and a hilarious story.

Find Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

Giveaway!

Thanks to the publisher, Candlewick Press, and author Chris Haughton we have an amazing giveaway to offer There’s A Book readers today! One entrant will win a Signed Copy of Oh No, George!. Thank you! This means there will be one winner and it’s open to US/Canadian residents. Make sure to fill out the form below (comments won’t be accepted) that includes all the details and good luck!

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5 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

  1. Raquel says:

    Great review! And special belated happy birthday to Turkeybird! I’m sure he enjoyed his chocolate birthday cake. 🙂

  2. Oh my! I must try this one. Please count me in. GREAT review.

    Happy happy birthday TB!

  3. Sara says:

    I loved this book. It has a subtle message that kids will understand told thru the world of a dog. If you know dogs, unless they are well trained, they are not the most self controlled creatures-especially with food! George’s opening cake distraction is both endearing and factual! And it will make parents and kids both laugh. The message for kids is that you CAN maintain self control-if you try hard enough-like George!! 🙂

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