Dog by Daniel Pennac
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Now available to delight American children-a funny, touching, sometimes hairy, dog’s-eye-view tale of adventure, survival, and friendship.

Dog was seized by an enormous hand, lifted to a dizzy height, and dunked in a bucket of very cold water. He began to wriggle and groan and cry and choke. . . .

Nearly drowned at birth, left for dead in a garbage dump, and hounded by dog catchers. No question: Dog’s puppyhood is tough. Alone in the world, he decides it’s time to find himself an owner, someone he can love and, of course, train. But human beings can be fickle, unpredictable creatures, and who would take in an ugly, scruffy little stray like him? Then, suddenly, a headstrong girl named Plum bursts into his life. Could she be the mistress he’s hunting for? Or will Dog find himself back on the streets again?

About Daniel Pennac

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Daniel Pennac is one of the most translated authors in France, with books for both adults and children appearing in more than thirty languages. DOG, originally published in 1982, was his first children’s book. "I’m not an expert when it comes to dogs," he says. "I’m just a friend. Perhaps I’ve got a bit of dog in me. I was born on the same day as my first dog. We grew up together." Daniel Pennac lives and teaches in Paris. Sarah Adams also translated Daniel Pennac’s EYE OF THE WOLF, which was recognized as an IBBY Honor Book for writing in translation. She was born in Brussels and now lives in London. As well as translating books from French, she works as a travel writer, theater critic, and arts journalist.
Published June 17, 2002 by Walker Books Ltd. 200 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What seems at first like a simple, elegant dog’s-eye-view uncurls into a dark-edged musing on hurt feelings, death, despair, and the problematic relationship between humans and dogs.

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"We grow up seven times faster than they do, and that's what makes it difficult," says the street-wise Hyena to the scruffy and mostly unloved Dog in Pennac's (Eye of the Wolf ) bitter pill of a tale.

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But there are kind humans too, and while Plum makes mistakes, she learns to be one of them - thanks to Dog and the wise advice he receives from Black Nose and Hyena - a dog he meets on his travels.

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You will love Black Nose, the tough dog at the garbage dump, who takes Dog under her wings.

Jan 19 2004 | Read Full Review of Dog (Works in Translation)

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