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This nonfiction book has been faithfully adapted for young readers from the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Marley & Me by John Grogan!

Marley, a lovable Labrador retriever, is always getting himself into trouble. Some may say he is the world's worst dog. But those who know and love Marley understand that nothing can stop his loyalty, exuberance, and passion—not even the Grogans' screen door! How this big, rambunctious dog becomes the heart of the Grogan family is the story of Marley.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 19, 2007 – Moving at a clip worthy of the barreling pooch at its heart, Grogan's anecdotal adaptation of his bestselling memoir, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog speaks to a middle-grade audience. The same eye-catching photo from the original jacket graces this version, and the narrative maintains all the energy, humor and poignancy of the adult book. It will surely hold youngsters' attention—despite the absence of peers (Grogan's own, younger children play but minor roles)—thanks to the pooch's kid-pleasing shenanigans. Marley strews toilet paper throughout the house so that "the place looked like it had been decorated for Halloween," eats everything he can get his paws on (including toy soldiers, pen caps and towels, pieces of which "came out the other end"), and knocks framed photos and bottles off tabletops as he enthusiastically wags "his whole body,... like the canine version of a Slinky." In other comical highlights, the dog lands a role in a movie and misbehaves on the set, and, at an outdoor restaurant, pulls the family's table along the sidewalk in pursuit of a fetching French poodle. The tale takes an inevitable somber turn as the happy-go-lucky pet ages. But Grogan leaves young readers with fond memories of this exasperating yet thoroughly endearing creature. Ages 8-12.

Customer Reviews

Good Adaptation of Marley & Me

This is a really good version for younger readers! I thought it was pretty much the same exact thing as Marley & Me, but none of the stuff that kids don't need to read about. Really a great book!

Love it

This is a heartwarming story about a young puppy's life. Soon this puppy grows bigger. Throughout his life, marley will get in some trouble.


THIS BOOK WAS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!! I really can relate this to when my dog had to go to sleep and my dog and Marley are the same kind of breed so I no how the family felt but this REALLY was a amazing book that I would read again and again!

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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Animals
  • Published: Feb 24, 2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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