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Dominic is a one-of-a-kind dog. One day this exuberant, restless, freedom-loving fellow decides there isn't enough going on in his neighborhood to satisfy his need for adventure. And off he goes, with an assortment of hats (rakish, dashing, solemn, and martial), his precious piccolo, and a few other things, leaving a note on his door:
Dear Friends, I am leaving rather in a hurry to see more of the world, so I have no time to say goodbye to you individually. I embrace you all and sniff you with love. I don't know when I'll be back. But back I will be. Dominic.On the road, this curious canine is lighthearted, open to every option, all senses aquiver. It's not long before he encounters a prophetic witch-alligator, (who had "many more teeth than necessary for any ordinary dental purpose"); a catfish who gives him a long, sharp spear that will make him invincible in serious combat; and even the infamous Doomsday Gang, "who robbed, ravaged, cheated, attacked innocent creatures at large and travelers especially, and did all sorts of damaging mischief." Dominic remains undaunted throughout, for "challenges were his delight. Whatever life offered was, this way or that, a test of one's skills, one's faculties; and he enjoyed proving equal to these tests."
As he continues his journey, we find Dominic to be considerate, compassionate, generous, and philosophical. As he ponders the nature of death, the nature of wealth, the role of art in our lives, the nature of good and evil, and the yearning for true love, readers are left with a feeling that life is basically good, and even splendid:
"What a wonderful world!" thought Dominic. "How perfect!" Had it been up to him when things were first made, he wouldn't have made them a whit different. Every leaf was in its proper place. Pebbles, stones, flowers, all were just as they ought to be. Water ran where it should run. They sky was properly blue. All sounds were in tune. Everything had its appropriate smell.Kids will adore the magical, comical, action-packed adventures of this remarkable dog, and readers of any age will come away from William Steig's Dominic somehow changed. An ALA Notable Book. (Ages 8 and older, and a wonderful read-aloud for younger children) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Grade 3-5-By William Steig. Dominic, an out-going mutt, sets out on a journey and encounters evil villains, friendly strangers, and a companion for life.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
My 10-year-old son and I listened to an audio recording of this book and we both enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janaka Stagnaro
William Steig is my favorite children's author. I love his use of language and his depth of feeling communicated so well through his writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Dougherty
Meet Dominic, a dog, who sets off on an adventure with his bandanna packed with food and a piccolo. The first creature he meets is a witch alligator who offers to tell him his... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Richard and Liz
I bought this book to read to my six and eight year old boys. I have tried many different books to keep the boys entertained but most books were either too boring or too scary for... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stephanie Green
A really good book that has a great morale. Had to read it for a Literature class, even though its a childrens book, its a fun read.Published 22 months ago by RJ
I liked Dominic because he was very strong when he battled with the Doomsday gang. My favorite part happened when he met the ugly crocodile witch. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by David Polochanin
I just love Mr. Steig. His illustrations and the humorous tone of his writing always delight me. For younger children,
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I love this story. I've read this book to my kids for years. They are all now 10 years old and we take turns reading it at night. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Suz