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Publication Order of Marley Picture Books Books

Bad Dog, Marley! (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Very Marley Christmas (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley Goes to School (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley Steals the Show (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley and the Kittens (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Is Coming, Marley (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley Looks for Love (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley Springs Ahead! (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thanks, Mom and Dad! (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Messy Dog (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trick or Treat, Marley! (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Thanksgiving to Remember (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firehouse Dog (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley and the Great Easter Egg Hunt (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley's Christmas Pageant (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Bad Dogs Have More Fun (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life Is Like a Sailboat (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Marley and Me (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley: A Dog Like No Other (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Longest Trip Home (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of I Can Read: Level 2 Books

Emmett's Pig (By: Mary Stolz) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bread and Jam for Frances (By: Russell Hoban) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kick, Pass, and Run (By: Leonard Kessler) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Small Pig (By: Arnold Lobel) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Owl at Home (By: Arnold Lobel) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncle Elephant (By: Arnold Lobel) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mouse Tales (By: Arnold Lobel) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia (By: Herman Parish) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amazing Tigers! (By: Sarah L. Thomson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Seat in Second Grade (By: Katharine Kenah) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Teacher in Second Grade (By: Katharine Kenah) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amazing Snakes! (By: Sarah L. Thomson) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amazing Dolphins! (By: Sarah L. Thomson) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Day the Dinosaurs Died (By: Charlotte Lewis Brown) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
After the Dinosaurs (By: Charlotte Lewis Brown) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flappy and Scrappy (By: Arthur Yorinks) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Detective Dinosaur Undercover (By: James Skofield) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strike Three, Marley! (With: Richard Cowdrey) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flat Stanley and the Haunted House (By: Jeff Brown) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cats, Dogs, Hamsters, and Horses (By: Mary Hassinger) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snow Dog Marley (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dog Who Cried Woof (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flat Stanley and the Firehouse (By: Jeff Brown) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sea Creatures (By: Anonymous) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley's Big Adventure (With: Richard Cowdrey) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Chef in Second Grade (By: Katharine Kenah) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gilbert, the Surfer Dude (By: Diane deGroat) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Dinosaurs: Monsters of the Air and Sea (By: Charlotte Lewis Brown) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley and the Runaway Pumpkin (With: Richard Cowdrey) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Curious Creatures Down Under (By: Anonymous) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jungle Beasts (By: Anonymous) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barnyard Critters (By: Mary Hassinger) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forest Friends (By: Zondervan) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pony Scouts: Back in the Saddle (By: Catherine Hapka) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Farm Dog (With: Richard Cowdrey) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zack's Alligator and the First Snow (By: Shirley Mozelle) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley: Not a Peep! (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flat Stanley at Bat (By: Jeff Brown) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley: The Dog Who Ate My Homework (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monster School: First Day Frights (By: Dave Keane) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Riff Raff the Mouse Pirate (By: Susan Schade) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Riff Raff Sails the High Cheese (By: Susan Schade) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marley Learns a Lesson (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Riff Raff: Shiver Me Whiskers! (By: Susan Schade) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flat Stanley Goes Camping (By: Jeff Brown) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Riff Raff: Can't You See? We're Lost at Sea! (By: Susan Schade) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Show-and-Tell, Flat Stanley! (By: Jeff Brown) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monster School: The Spooky Sleepover (By: Dave Keane) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Weird School: Talent Show Mix-Up (By: Dan Gutman) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Weird School Goes to the Museum (By: Dan Gutman) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flat Stanley and the Missing Pumpkins (By: Jeff Brown) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
John F. Kennedy the Brave (By: Sheila Keenan) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Long, Tall Lincoln (By: Jennifer Dussling) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Weird School: Class Pet Mess! (By: Dan Gutman) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
George Washington: The First President (By: Sarah Albee) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martin Luther King Jr.: A Peaceful Leader (By: Sarah Albee) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alexander Hamilton: A Plan for America (By: Sarah Albee) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben Franklin Thinks Big (By: Sheila Keenan) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter (By: Nadia L. Hohn) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Angry Birds Movie 2: Best Enemies (By: Tomas Palacios) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Helen Keller: The World at Her Fingertips (By: Sarah Albee) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thomas Edison: Lighting the Way (By: Lori Haskins Houran) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Goodall: A Champion of Chimpanzees (By: Sarah Albee) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

John Grogan is a memoir, biography, and nonfiction author that was born in Detroit Michigan in 1957.

Shortly after he was born, his family moved to Harbor Hills away from the Orchard Lake Michigan neighborhood. It was this neighborhood in which he set “The Longest Trip Home” his second memoir.

While he was growing up, his father worked for General Motors as an engineer even as his mother was a stay-at-home mother. His mother had a huge gift and passion for storytelling which seems to have worn off on him.

According to him, he got into writing by default since he was terrible at everything. The only thing he could have fun with at school was writing as compared to subjects such as science and mathematics.

When he was in high school he used to write for the school paper and even came up with his own tabloid that got him reprimanded by the school principal.

Following graduation from high school, John Grogan majored in English and journalism at Central Michigan University. He also worked for the university paper before graduating in 1979.

When he graduated he began working for the St. Joseph Michigan-based Herald Palladium where he was a police reporter. It was here that he would meet Jenny a fellow reporter that would later become his wife.

In 1985, he won a fellowship to study at the Kiplinger Mid-Career Program at Ohio State University.

Following his graduation from Ohio State with his master’s degree, he won another fellowship and went to the St Petersburg Florida Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

John would then decide to make his home in Florida working for the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He would rise through the ranks to go from bureau reporter to metropolitan columnist which he loved a lot.

Soon after he got married to Jenny and the new family adopted the Labrador retriever Marley. He was a lovable and rambunctious puppy who would provide Grogan with material for some of his bestselling books and columns.

John Grogan would then move on and start editing Organic Magazine and as a result, he moved to Pennsylvania. Three years later he was missing the chaos of working at a paper and quit to go for the Philadelphia Inquirer as a columnist.

In 2003, Marley the family dog died of old age and he penned a column in his honor. He got such a huge number of comments from the Inquirer readers and this prompted him to pen a book.

He came to realize that maybe he had a much more interesting story to tell about Marley. John Grogan began waking up at 5 am every morning to pen the manuscript for Marley & Me.

The work would sell more than five million copies and become an international bestseller that was also translated into more than thirty languages. The work also earned several awards including the 2006 Quill Biography/Memoir Award.

It would also be made into a motion picture starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. Grogan has also made a children’s book from the series which has more than 15 books.

Grogan has a clear passion for writing that can be seen in his interviews and his works. He has said that he is all about telling stories truthfully, candidly, and honestly without holding anything back.

Given that he for the most part pens memoirs, biography, and fiction this fidelity to factual accuracy is particularly important. Nonetheless, he seems to have managed to remain brutally honest and candid.

John Grogan and Jenny his wife currently have three children and make their home in Pennsylvania alongside Woodson their pup labrador.

Bad Dog, Marley is John Grogan’s first work that brought him into the limelight. It is all about a family desperate for a dog until the father comes home one evening to surprise them all with Marley their new puppy.

While the family lavishes the dog with love, he turns out to be a badly behaved canine. He eats everything he can find, destroys shoes and clothes, and is always making a mess.

When he ultimately destroys the couch the mother has had enough and decides it was time they gave him away. The only problem is that being the bad dog that he is no one else wants him.

One day, Louie the family canine clambered onto the refrigerator looking to retrieve some cookies. Marley grabbed the baby and safely got him down just as she was about to fall from the high surface.

While they have been dead set on giving him away, his latest action makes them decide that he is part of the family no matter how many mistakes he has made. Ultimately, they decide that they will keep him.

The overall theme is one of forgiveness and the importance of family. The author asserts that everyone is bound to make mistakes but this does not mean that we should give up on them.

John Grogan’s A Very Marley Christmas is set a few weeks before Christmas and there could not have been more excitement in the air. As is expected Marley the puppy has been getting in on the action.

Anticipating Santa’s arrival and the first snowfall, Marley jumps in and is eager to help the family in any way they can. But being who he is Marley always finds himself in trouble.

It does not take long before he is playing wuith the twinkle light which he tears down before he goes to the toilet on the Christmas tree and destroys some paper snowflakes.

Will his good intentions ruin everything even before Christmas arrives or will they share some Christmas magic after all?

It is a heartfelt and sometimes hilarious story that will have readers intrigued from the first page to the last.

Marley Goes to School by John Grogan is the story of Marley the dog and Cassie his best friend. Cassie just joined the school and could not have been more excited.

Marley her dog is also very thrilled and believes he will get into school with her. In fact, he escapes from the backyard and somehow finds his way to Cassie’s school.

Trolling through the different classes he causes all manner of a ruckus until the day ends. The principal and the teachers ultimately corner him and chase him back home where Cassie is waiting to take him into her arms.

It is a very humorous but very relatable children’s book.

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