Woof Woof, The Bad Dog (paperback)

Kate Nilson

Woof Woof wants to be the best dog he can. His friend, Louie, promises to help him. There’s just one problem… Woof Woof is a cat! How will he become who he’s meant to be? Full of humor and heart, Woof Woof the Bad Dog shows that everyone can shine, exactly as they are.


  1. Reviewed by Readers’ Favorite

    In Woof Woof, The Bad Dog by Kate Nilson, with illustrations by My Vu, Woof Woof is adopted by a kind old lady who takes him home and introduces him to her granddaughter, Natalie, who names him. They get along fine. Then, one day, Natalie comes to visit with her dog, Louie. Louie is excited to meet Woof Woof. However, he is startled and a bit intimidated by Louie’s loudness and bubbly energy. Louie mistakes Woof Woof for a fellow dog due to his name and tries to teach him to act like other dogs, but Woof Woof struggles and is not interested in doing the things Louie enjoys.

    One crucial lesson for every reader to take away from this book is the importance of self-identity. When we know our identity, it is hard for people to confuse us, no matter how well-intentioned they may be. We will be less likely to give in to peer pressure when we know who we are, what we want, and the values we possess and respect. That said, Woof Woof is such a cute and relatable character. Observing his growth was heartwarming and humorous. His stunned reactions when Louie tried to get him to play like a dog were very comical because I knew he was trying to be what he wasn’t, so it obviously wasn’t working out, even though he tried really hard. Hopefully, Woof Woof, The Bad Dog by Kate Nilson will encourage children to be true to themselves and learn to reevaluate situations that don’t seem to be working instead of forcing things. This is a lovely book for children.

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