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There are loads of picture books that feature animal sounds and kids love them. Add a veterinarian with the longest latex glove ever and Jules Feiffer's comic genius and you’ve got this hilarious picture book that kids and adults will enjoy on several levels. Bark, George is a picture book about a trip to the doctor. Or maybe it’s a book about animal sounds with just a sprinkling of gross-out humor for good measure. I first fell in love with this book when it brought explosions of laughter from a gymnasium filled with second and third graders (and teachers) as I read it aloud. While the text alone is hilarious, Feiffer’s cartoon illustrations are just delightful. When my daughter was two, she and I also had lots of fun with Jules Feiffer’s The Daddy Mountain, a book she still references from time to time. Pulitzer Prize winner Jules Feiffer is well-known for his cartoons in The New Yorker and The Village Voice as well as for the illustrations in The Phantom Tollbooth, a modern classic. Though Bark, George is available in a DVD format adaptation along with other funny animal stories taken from picture books, it’s more fun to play with and savor Feiffer’s comic timing at your own pace with the picture book – surprise ending and all!