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Shaggy Dog and the terrible itch
Bedford, David, 1969-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
Shaggy Dog tries to get rid of the itch on his back.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 55693.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Shaggy dog has an itch -- and it just won't go away. Every time he asks one of his friends to scratch his back, they reply that first he must do them a favor. He rounds up Farmer Gertie's sheep, and she scratches his back with her curly hook. Soon his itch is back again. He washes all the dishes in Merv's cafe, and Merv scratches his back. But the itch comes back again. He sweeps up all the fallen dog hair in Mary Lou's Poodle Parlor, and Mary Lou scratches his back. But this time, when his itch returns, Mary Lou decides to give him a haircut and shampoo. At last Shaggy's itch is gone for good -- because now it's jumped onto the back of a snooty poodle who had laughed at Shaggy. Kids will be delighted as they finally figure out the cause of Shaggy Dog's terrible itch. Funny, full-color illustrations on every page. (Ages 3-6)

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Shaggy Dog needs the help of his friends to relieve an awful itch. Before Farmer Gertie will comply with his scratching request, however, the pup must help her round up the sheep. Gertie uses her crook to scratch his back, but relief is only short-lived. The canine heads into town, where he washes pots and pans at Merv's Caf and sweeps up the floor of Mary Lou's Poodle Parlor in exchange for back scratches. When the itch returns, the owner decides that the dog could benefit from a wash and trim, much to the chagrin of the snobby poodle customers. Williamson's bright, playful watercolor cartoons offer many visual jokes-from the well-coiffed poodles dunking dog biscuits in their tea to the tiny flea floating inside a bubble. Children will delight in the final double-spread illustration, which answers the question, "The itch had gone at last-but where did it go?" and supplies the punch line. The patterned text lends itself to reading aloud and is lighthearted fun.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.