Marley & Me Introduction

Title: Marley & Me

Author: John Grogan


Marley & Me

John Grogan


Retold by Anne Collins

Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jocelyn Potter



Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10



A dog isn’t interested in fast cars or big houses or expensive clothes.

Give a dog your love, and he will give you his.

Marley and Me is about a dog, but it is also about a family and their love for their dog, Marley. John Grogan and his wife, Jenny are young and in love. They have good jobs on newspapers. Then, one day, they go out and buy a puppy. From that day, their lives are never the same again.

 Marley is not an easy dog. He isn’t obedient and he doesn’t listen. He pushes things off tables with his strong, heavy tail, and he eats everything – flowers, pens, and bottle tops. He goes crazy in thunderstorms, and he breaks things in the hone.

 But life with Marley is never boring. Many funny things happen when he is there. And most important, he brings John and Jenny a lot of love. He helps them understand the important things in life.

 The story follows Marley’s life from a puppy to an old dog. In that time, we see many changes, not only in Marley but in the family, too. At the start, John and Jenny are living in the busy city in Florida. Thirteen years later, they have three children and are living a quieter life in Pennsylvania.

John Grogan worked on newspapers for more than twenty five years. When he wrote funny forties about Marley, readers wrote to him about their love for their dogs – and their problems, too. Later, John made his stories into a book, Marley & Me. Then, inn 2009, a film company made a movie of the book, with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. Now people around the world are enjoying the story of “the world’s worst dong.” You can find out more about John Grogan – and his dog – on

Chapter 1-2  <Before you read>

  1. Does your family have a pet? Talk about your pet, or about a friend’s pet.

A: What is it?

B: What is its name?

C: How did you (or your friend) get it?

D: What does it eat?

E: What does it like to do?

F: What does it not like to do?

  • Do you like dogs? Why (not)? Do many people in your country have dogs in their homes?


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