Brown, Peter, 1979-

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Chowder the bulldog has never fit in with the other neighborhood canines, but he sees a chance to make friends with the animals at the local petting zoo.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316011808
Branch Call Number: J PIC B
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.


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Feb 06, 2014
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love Chowder. Love, love, love. Just try to read this book and not giggle. Try it. I dare you.

Oct 13, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A dog on a toilet, well that is an image that captures one's attention, and it certainly gets the opening statement across...Chowder is different. Instead of enjoying doggy games, he prefers human ones, which causes some difficulties in his ability to make friends with the neighbourhood dogs. Until one day he finds some at the local supermarket. These animals too prefer human games, although this turns out to be the simple game of baseball. Friendship isn't always found in the most likely of places, and in Chowder's case it takes a bit of active searching, and effort to get them to accept him.

The art works at creating a funny atmosphere rather than over-exaggerating everyone's actions. Some unique angles add interest to an otherwise straightforward set of images, and emphasize key moments.

Whereas friendship is well addressed, this book takes the dog treated like a person concept to the extreme, and while many will find this funny, some will be a bit confused as to why Chowder is the only dog like a human, yet the farm animals are all like that. Also, due to how wordy the story is, many younger children will easily lose interest.


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