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Pinkerton, behave!
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Originally published in 1979.
"Pinkerton may not be the best-trained dog in his class, but his unconventional behavior saves the day when a burglar comes to his house"-- Provided by publisher.


Call Number
JP Kel

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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.

This silly charmer of a story was included on the Booklist and Horn Book best of the year lists and inspired four sequels about the impossibly clueless but irresistibly sweet Pinkerton. Now, in honor of its 35th anniversary, Steven Kellogg has updated the art and text (most notably removing the gun that appeared in the original edition), and has written an introductory note about the book's history.

Author Notes

Stephen Kellogg was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on October 26, 1941. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design and majored in illustration. While in college, he won a fellowship to spend his senior year studying and working in Florence, Italy.

Kellogg has illustrated over one hundred titles and written some of his own. Titles he has written include the Island of the Skog, which won the Michigan State Young Readers Award, and was included on Booklist's Books for Every Child and the CBC Books for Peace list, A Rose for Pinkerton!, Pinkerton, Behave!, and Tallyho, Pinkerton!

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Pinkerton, Behave! has been adored by young readers and their families for 35 years, so the author's decision to revise and reillustrate the story of an enthusiastic Great Dane gives fans a pleasant excuse to take another look. Pinkerton has a kind of auditory dyslexia: when told to fetch, he attacks; when commanded to come, he goes; asked to bark loudly, he displays affection. After his expulsion from obedience school, the mother and daughter who are his family learn to turn his unique responses to his best advantage, setting an excellent example for Pinkerton-like humans and their loved ones. Some of Kellogg's changes are cosmetic-different colors, perspectives, and phrasing-while others are more substantive. Those who read both versions will notice that the burglar no longer carries a gun and the mother now holds a cell phone. Children may enjoy comparing the old and new versions, both of which are wonderfully silly, clever, and entertaining.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this series, a Great Dane consistently finds himself in humorous adventures such as flunking out of obedience school, getting disguised as a stegosaurus, behaving like a cat, and getting trapped in a hot air balloon. PW called the "action-filled, colorful pictures, as funny as the story." Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Fans will enjoy these reissues of four books about the lovable Great Dane who creates chaos wherever he goes. [Review covers these titles: [cf2]Pinkerton, Behave!; Prehistoric Pinkerton; A Rose for Pinkerton; Tallyho, Pinkerton.[cf1]] From HORN BOOK Fall 2002, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Any kid who's tried to train a dog, a few more who have or want a dog, and (sneakier yet) any kid inclined to botch commands can be counted among Pinkerton's likely audience. In a comic-strip sequence with a text that consists entirely of the characters' words, a little girl's mother tries to teach oversized, spotted Pinkerton to ""Come,"" to ""Fetch"" a newspaper, and to ""Get the burglar""--but he consistently leaps out the window at the first command, chews the paper to shreds instead of delivering it, and fondly licks the dummy constructed as a stand-in for a burglar. The old-lady teacher at obedience school has no better success with Pinkerton and finally expels him for teaching the other dogs his own perverse responses. So what happens when the house is invaded by a real burglar who is mean, ugly, and toting a gun? While the mother cowers under the bedclothes, the little girl, until now a silent observer, comes through with ""Pinkerton! Fetch!""--whereupon Pinkerton tears at the burglar's clothing--and, as the burglar reaches for his gun, ""Pinkerton! Come!"". . . whereupon the dog sails out the window, carrying the burglar with him. A well-staged last laugh for dog and child, with much visual rambunction throughout. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.