Bad Dog is one kennel away from the Green Door - one more day and it's off to that great kennel in the sky. Or maybe not. The glittering world of Hollywood might just save Bad Dog's bacon. Starring opposite muscle-man Anvil Studminder, it's gotta be solid gold bones all the way to the Oscars.
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Bad Dog lives up to his name as he takes on Tinseltown and its usual denizens. When he's prophetically saved from the City Pound's death row, Bad Dog is slated to star in the next blockbuster, along with superhero Anvil Studminder. There are lots of action, puns, and plays on movie star names and movie titles. All of these goodies are given excellent delivery by Stephen Grief. Along the way listeners will meet Nick Jackelson and observe the making of the famous film, "Cake Fear." Grief adds to the fun as he gives each character, whether human, canine, or feline, a distinctive personality. In many ways, this title is aimed far more at adults than children in its subject matter and language and should be cautiously recommended. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 3-6-Bad Dog probably didn't deserve his name. He certainly didn't deserve his fate-trapped on death row, a pooch in peril. In fact, his last few hours were ticking away when a Hollywood agent arrived at the pound and Bad Dog's luck changed. Now he's featured in Cake Fear with action star Anvil Studminder. He's a Hollywood hero, but heroes make enemies in Tinseltown, and his one character flaw (an intense hatred of cats) is going to prove his undoing. This hilarious book by Martin Chatterton tells it all from the dog's point of view. Stephen Greif performs the story with lots of expression, giving Bad Dog a New York accent, and an attitude that will make listeners grin. In fact, all the characters get unique voices. The story is a delightful parody, and celebrity names are tossed about like confetti. Younger listeners might not catch all the references, but they will certainly enjoy the story for what it is-a classic "fame and fortune, followed by folly" fandango. What fun!-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
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