Mr. Scruff

By: Simon James

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.

ISBN: 9781536209358

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Dogs , Dog owners , Pet adoption , Rhymes

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Awards & Honors

CPL Best Books - 2019

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, The Horn Book Magazine

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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 sh 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.

Book Details

ISBN

9781536209358

First Release

December 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 1.3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 440L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Dogs, Dog owners, Pet adoption, Rhymes,

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Book Genres

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