A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan

A Very Marley Christmas
John Grogan
HarperCollins (2008)
ISBN 9780061372926
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4) and Max (age 2) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (6/08)


“A Very Marley Christmas” is the fun holiday story of Marley the dog’s first Christmas.  Marley is a very mischievous dog and decorating for Christmas with him around can be very interesting!  He gets into everything from the Christmas lights that the mom is hanging, to the paper snowflakes that Cassie cut, to the paint that baby Louie is using to paint a snowman, and makes a huge mess!

Cayden:  “Look at the cover!  I think that dog was naughty!  He has wrapping paper in his mouth.  I hope he didn’t open all of the presents!”

Max:  “No!”

Cayden:  “He knocked over all of the ornaments that you are supposed to hang on the Christmas tree!  Some are broken!”

Max:  “Oh no!”

Cayden:  “He knocked the tree over!”

Cayden:  “Why does he keep knocking things over and breaking things?”

Max: “Break!”

Cayden:  “I like this book!  It is real funny!  Can we read it again?”

Cayden:  “Marley is a funny dog!  He does lots of naughty things!”

Max:  “Naughty dog!”

Parent’s comments:
“A Very Marley Christmas” was definitely a hit with both of my children!  They really enjoyed the adventures of Marley and all of the trouble that he got into.  The story is very amusing and Marley’s antics had my children laughing on almost every page.  The illustrations in the book do an excellent job at conveying the humorous situations.  We definitely recommend this book for the holiday season and we look forward to reading more Marley books in the future!

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