Item description for Dougal The Garbage Dump Bear by Matt Dray...
Dougal was a shy little bear with a heart of gold. He never got to play with the other toys in the house because they were all new and clean and perfect and he was not. He often wished he could be new like them...
Then one rainy afternoon, Dougal is left outside and ends up in the garbage bin. How much can a teddy bear? But even though he's down, Dougal is not out. He finds a new life and learns that sometimes bad luck can be your best friend.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.5" Width: 8.7" Height: 0.4" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 18, 2005
Publisher Kane/Miller Book Pub
ISBN 1929132786 ISBN13 9781929132782
Reviews - What do customers think about Dougal The Garbage Dump Bear?
Our new favorite book Aug 6, 2008
The pictures are real, the story is sweet...it teaches an important lesson that everything (and everyone) has value. We enjoy this book over & over!
OUR GRANDSONS' NEW FAVORITE Jan 1, 2008
What a delight to find this treasure of a picture book - now a family favorite with 3 little grandsons and this very selective Grandma! Dougal is an endearingly humble stuffed bear who is neglected and tossed away. He adapts to his new life at the dump, meets new friends, and after a few surprises realizes that "...sometimes bad things happen so good things can happen.." You will love the ending. The photos and graphics are well done and have details that are interesting for little kids and readers alike. The text is refreshingly non-preachy, portraying some charming personalities and friendships with Dougal, the garbage dump workers, and a variety of cast-off toys. I purchased 12 books and gave them to all our favorite young families this Christmas! (Don't miss the note in the beginning that explains how Dougal was found by the author Matt Drey.)
Best book in 4 years Nov 21, 2007
I have read books to my 4 and 2 year olds every day they've been alive, and this is the best book I've ever read to them. It's a very cute story of making the best of a bad situation which eventually comes out to have been a very good thing. It's very different than most other little kid books, something this dad finds quite refreshing. Get this one - your kids will love it and you will too.
The author's joy in writing this just oozes from the pages! Oct 9, 2007
Matt Dray and his friends must have had such a laugh making this book, I don't think they much cared whether it sold or not - and the exuberant joy oozes out from every page. Clearly, this was a garbage dump employee with a digital camera, who started amusing himself by posing and taking photos of some of the stuffed animals he was finding in the dump. One thing led to the next, and soon he had made up a story around it which he completed with more photographs.
Every child (without exception) I have ever showed this book to has asked me whether they can keep it. I'm going to have to buy more copies, I'm not giving my copy away...
Lovely, sweet tale Sep 12, 2006
Our son received this as a gift and I love the book. It's a sweet tale about a bear who was thrown out and how he is "rescued" at the dump. Cute little quirks are added that make it fun for parents to read as well.
Lovely story, nicely illustrated with photos.
The School Library Journal reviewer clearly didn't "get" the story -- of COURSE it's implausible. It's a FICTION story, and Dougal gets to live it up with the guys who work at the dump. The only place I find the author's voice intrudes is the very last line. The moral about sometimes bad things happen so that good things can happen could be more subtly stated. But that doesn't detract from the book.
Highly recommended for anyone who loves stuffed animals or garbage!