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Mr. Scruff



written and illustrated by
Simon James

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536209358

Awards and Honors
CPL Best Books - 2019
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Everyone knows that owners and their dogs belong together in a unique way. Polly belongs to Molly, Eric belongs to Derek, Berry belongs to Terry. But poor Mr. Scruff, alone in the rescue shelter, doesn’t belong to anyone. Then a boy named Jim walks in, and they seem to get along. Jim and Mr. Scruff don’t look anything alike, and their names certainly don’t rhyme, but they may end up belonging to each other just the same. From author-illustrator Simon James comes a warm, winning story about friendship and finding a home.

Full-color illustrations were done in ink and watercolor.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Dewey

E

AR

1.3: points 0.5

Lexile

440L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2019

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Dogs. Dog owners. Pet adoption. Rhymes.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

Crisp text and joyous art show that the bond between a dog and its person can defy assumptions as easily as it melts hearts. “This is Polly.” A small poodle races through the park to unite with her owner, their matching ringlets and smiles validating what the rhyme asserts: “She belongs to Molly.” Eric the dachshund belongs to Derek, and shaggy Minnie clearly belongs to the similarly coiffed saxophonist, Vinnie. This montage of happy look- and sound-alikes is interrupted in the narrative to introduce lonely pup Mr. Scruff at the dog rescue shelter (“For Mr. Scruff there’s no one”), then cheerily resumes with Mick and Rick and Law¬rence and Florence. The pattern takes another turn when a small boy named Jim visits the shelter and meets Mr. Scruff. Mr. Scruff is old and quite large, but Jim will not entertain his parents’ alternative suggestion of a puppy. (“And though it doesn’t rhyme, / it’s all worked out just fine.”) In another twist, a man named Mr. Gruff (who looks like Mr. Scruff) arrives at the shelter to find his perfect compan¬ion—a small puppy named Tim. James’s warm ink and watercolor illustrations capture the personalities and funny details about the canines and humans along with their unbreakable connections. Steeped with meaning (and metaphor), this seemingly simple tale offers new discoveries and insights with every read.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Crisp text and joyous art show that the bond between a dog and its person can defy assumptions as easily as it melts hearts. “This is Polly.” A small poodle races through the park to unite with her owner, their matching ringlets and smiles validating what the rhyme asserts: “She belongs to Molly.” Eric the dachshund belongs to Derek, and shaggy Minnie clearly belongs to the similarly coiffed saxophonist, Vinnie. This montage of happy look- and sound-alikes is interrupted in the narrative to introduce lonely pup Mr. Scruff at the dog rescue shelter (“For Mr. Scruff there’s no one”), then cheerily resumes with Mick and Rick and Law¬rence and Florence. The pattern takes another turn when a small boy named Jim visits the shelter and meets Mr. Scruff. Mr. Scruff is old and quite large, but Jim will not entertain his parents’ alternative suggestion of a puppy. (“And though it doesn’t rhyme, / it’s all worked out just fine.”) In another twist, a man named Mr. Gruff (who looks like Mr. Scruff) arrives at the shelter to find his perfect compan¬ion—a small puppy named Tim. James’s warm ink and watercolor illustrations capture the personalities and funny details about the canines and humans along with their unbreakable connections. Steeped with meaning (and metaphor), this seemingly simple tale offers new discoveries and insights with every read.

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