PPBF: Mr. Scruff

Author/Illustrator: Simon James
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2019
Themes: Companionship, dogs, pet ownership

Opening: see 2 images below.

Summary: (from my library catalog) Everyone knows that owners and their dogs belong together in a unique way. Polly belongs to Molly, Eric belongs to Derek, Berry belongs to Terry. But poor Mr. Scruff, alone in the rescue shelter, doesn’t belong to anyone. Then a boy named Jim walks in, and they seem to get along. Jim and Mr. Scruff don’t look anything alike, and their names certainly don’t rhyme, but they may end up belonging to each other just the same. From author-illustrator Simon James comes a warm, winning story about friendship and finding a home. A sweetly silly story of a little boy and a dog who make an unlikely (but perhaps perfect) pair.

Resources/activities: Talk about pets and why they might be a good fit for a child or their family, how the pet was chosen, or how otherwise ownership has come about; discuss what’s important about ownership, responsibilities, and care; discuss why a person or family might chose not to have a pet.

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE.

8 thoughts on “PPBF: Mr. Scruff

  1. So true. Our SPCA rescue is perfect for our family, although she initiated events that gave me a concussion last week, LOL. Running with an impulsive large dog is not recommended unless you weigh quite a bit more than they do. This book looks sweet and on target for dog lovers. Love the illustrations. Thanks for the rec! It may end up being as well loved as Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook!

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  2. A new rescue puppy story and it looks to be set in Central Park, one of my favorite local parks – so excited to read this! I just requested it from my library. Thanks for sharing it!


  3. Pingback: Perfect Pairing – of Dog Rescue Books | Wander, Ponder, Write

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