Truly one of the most peculiar and adorable dogs on earth is the Bull Terrier. The illustrator captures not only the breed, but the unique personality of the book's subject, Boodil. Like all terriers, she's playful, odd and opinionated. She calls the shots and while others who don't know Boodil may think she's disobedient or a bit dim, her owner knows different.
A positive spin is put on all of her antics. She is a strong-willed child who is obviously deeply loved and appreciated, warts and all.
The illustrations are so sweet and hilarious, you'll find yourself wondering if you shouldn't add a Bull Terrier to your family. The cute little pink highlights on the thin fur around her muzzle and belly are just to die for. Boodil is a good dog, and a good book.
on January 4, 2000
A perfect pairing of text and illustrations make this an outstanding book that both children and adults can appreciate on different levels. When we first got the book, my 5 yr. old took the child narrator's view of Boodil at face value and didn't see the discrepancies suggested in the illustrations. Now, at 7, he's enjoying it even more as he can appreciate the humor. The author pokes fun gently at the less-than-objective ways we see our pets. Anyone who's been kept by a dog should enjoy this book.
on October 21, 1997
This is a great book for a child. The text is simple and consistant, allowing for theatrics in the reading. The pictures of this interesting, if homely, dog are also well done. In the story, you are taken into the slightly fantastic world in the thoughts of a child with the reality revealed in the pictures. I read it over and over to my little girl.
Boodil is a lovable dog who looks mostly like an anvil headed English bull terrier. (English bulls have anvil shaped heads). Her owner ascribes all kinds of traits to Boodil, none of which apply. The gentle irony, the great illustrations and the adorable dog are all requisite ingredients for a nice story.