- Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books (1 February 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525465448
- ISBN-13: 978-0525465447
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.1 x 28.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 390 g
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Rocky: The Cat Who Barks Hardcover – 1 Feb 2002
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Rocky The Cat Who Barks7 May 2010 - Published on Amazon.com
I find this book somewhat dark and depressing for children. I like to read books for children that are uplifting. While Rocky perserves and becomes friends with the cats, I find the depiction of the children as monsters disturbing. The children are mean and unruly not something I think children should see in print. The cats are also mean and hateful to Rocky who is obviously feeling lost and lonely after having to move in with this family. I felt sad that he couldn't live with his Old Nini anymore. As I said before the last part of the book was somewhat uplifting, at least Rocky had friends again.
Very negative children's book12 August 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
It has a cute title and is drawn nicely, but the first 28 or so pages are very dark and negative. Rocky has to move into a new home, one with kids and 5 cats. The children are referred to as "little monsters." True, they do mean things to the dog, but referring to kids as "little monsters" in a children's book just seems wrong. The 5 cats also do mean things to the dog, like tearing up all his toys he brought from his old home. Things come to a head about 3/4 through the book when the kids are being particularly cruel to all the animals. Rocky saves the day, and the cats are nice for the last 4 or so pages. However, this proves small consolation for having read through the first part. As I was reading it to my kids, I thought this had to get better, but on the whole, I don't believe this is suitable for children.
A wonderful pre reader that engages and a plot that grabs ...7 October 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
A wonderful pre reader that engages and a plot that grabs and holds the interest. The sentences and paragraphs are short. The picture layout matches perfectly with the text. I highly recommend this book for your toddler.
Fun and meaningful story for young children13 July 2009 - Published on Amazon.com
My 6 year old loved the story dearly. She sympathized with Rocky's plight early on, and she found great humor in the fact that the dog was eventually 'adopted' by the cats. The story does refer to the children as 'little monsters' because of the way they treated their pets, but I welcomed it as an opportunity to discuss how to treat animals gently and lovingly. Finally, I thought it was touching how the author subtley portrays the bond Rocky had with Nini.
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