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Marley Goes to School

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Kids will giggle at silly dog tale; some confusing messages.

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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

A great school story with a little mischief

Our two year old loves this book. We got it for him in August before he headed off to daycare for the school year and it really paints a fun portrait of school. Parents should know that Marley does get into some mischief but it is all good natured.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Just like the kids in the book, most young readers will laugh at Marley’s misadventures and delight in his surprising presence in the school. Marley bounds from page to page, tongue hanging out, eagerly searching for his playmate. But the story is played for slapstick humor and nothing more: For all the “bad dog!” scolding you get the sense that Marley just might repeat the performance day after day.

The portrayal of adults is disappointing for this age group. Grown-ups overreact to the dog’s mischief and look downright mean as they try to catch Marley. But in the end, they quickly dismiss Marley’s misbehavior and cheer him. The inconsistency sends a confusing message.

Energetic and lively, but many of the adults look disconcertingly angry.

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