Marley, The Dog Who Cried Woof
. HarperCollins . New York
PZ7.H5574Mar 2011 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I had time between trains in Washington, DC, and went bumming around the station. To my surprise, I found a used book shop. I decided to plunge into their children's books and actually found four fable books! And I paid a whopping $5.25 for them all. Here is one of my finds. This 30-page pamphlet is "based on the bestselling books by John Grogan." Marley barks too much, whether it is because of a passing dog or a mailman. He barks when he wants to play, and even jumps on Cassie's lap. The family chastises Marley for barking too much. "Do you have to bark at every little thing?" When Marley disturbs Daddy by barking at a squirrel, Daddy promises not to come if Marley barks again. Marley hangs his head. He has wanted the family not to miss anything. He tries not to bark, but then Baby Louie crawls out the door and toward the gate. Marley does not bark but he tries to run circles around Louie. When Louie gets out the gate, Marley barks. Daddy yells "Be quiet!" In the end, Daddy and the family thank Marley for barking. The story is a clever redoing of the fable of the dog who cried wolf. This contemporary story makes the same point as the fable.