Nourishing and hilarious twenty minutes. --School Reading List
What came first - dogs that look like their owners or owners that look like their dogs?
I wanted a dog... This one was perfect! Nobody wanted him because he looked scruffy.... but I’m a scruffy guy so that suited me just fine. After picking out the scruffiest dog at the pound, the narrator is surprised to find that Scruff isn’t what he initially seemed. He doesn’t want to catch sticks... or roll in the mud or swim in the pond. What could be the problem? It turns out that Scruff just loves being pampered! So the narrator goes along with it. They wash, brush, trim and polish together, until they are anything but scruffy! In their newly groomed state they go to the dog show... but have they done enough to win...? A funny story that is sure to charm dog-mad little ones and their parents.
What I loved: The story is simple and short, but cute. This is great for toddlers who love dogs and will enjoy the simplicity of the story paired with lots of fun images of a dog. The book has few words, and there are several pages without any at all, which makes it great for young kids with short attention spans. The idea of pets looking like their owners is cute, though the book mostly felt like it was about the companionship and value of having a pet and bonding over shared experience (eg, the feeling of being pampered).
Final verdict: Simple and cute, SCRUFF is a simple story about pet ownership and the fun of sharing experiences.