Cover image for Good dad Diego / Brenna Maloney ; photographs by Chuck Kennedy.
Good dad Diego / Brenna Maloney ; photographs by Chuck Kennedy.
Publication Information:
New York : Viking Books for Young Readers, 2019.

Physical Description:
33 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
Pug dad Diego fills many roles in his puppies' lives, from comforter to example-setter.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 2 up.


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MAL Book Easy Collection

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Diego is a dog, but he has one of the toughest jobs in the world. Is he a ninja? Nope. Is he a superhero? Nope. Is he a king or a police officer or the president? Nope. Nope. Nope. Diego is a DAD. And that requires the patience and fortitude of all of these positions combined . . . as Diego--an adorable pug-demonstrates in this laugh-out-loud photographic picture book.

Admonitions and chores may be somewhat different for dogs- 'Stop chewing on the furniture!' 'Don't eat cat barf!' But Diego does everything out of love . . . and we get to see the objects of his affection at the end of the story- pug puppies!!

Author Notes

By day, Brenna is an award-winning journalist. A longtime editor for The Washington Post, she is currently the editor of National Geographic Explorer magazine. By night, Brenna stays up late making odd things from socks and eating entirely too many Junior Mints. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two young sons. Visit her and her books at

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In adorable photographs, Maloney shows Diego the pug sporting hats and other duds that demonstrate many of the jobs that fathers might do ("He wears a lot of hats"). Diego dons a police cap for his role as "the law" (he's in charge of policing the pooping on floors and digging up of plants) and wears a chef's toque when cooking dinner ("meat casserole. Again"). Diego cleans (licks) dishes, does laundry (he appears with a pair of Buzz Lightyear underpants on his head), and sets a good example by donning warm winter garb. At last, readers meet the pug puppies that call Diego "Dad." It's a one-note gag, but readers will appreciate the humor relating to Diego's not-always-successful attempts at fatherhood. Ages 3-5. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.