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It shouldn't happen-- Hardcover – 1945

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Army life didn't agree with GI Albert C. Bedlington, Jr. He felt like he was always crawling on all fours, and one day when the very thing he'd feared for months finally happened—he had become a dog! The fellas all recognized him, so he carried on as usual, going on a furlough, visiting the USO, getting in and out of trouble, and serving with the K-9 corps.
Recounted chiefly in winsome illustrations, this fantasy was written and drawn by Don Freeman, author of Corduroy and other children's books. His witty and unusual take on World War II–era life among the enlisted men and on the home front was hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a "fantastic and captivating story" and by the Chicago Tribune as "wonderful fun."
Dover (2014) republication of the edition published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1945.
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About the Author

Don Freeman is known to many as the author of Corduroy and other children's books. He is also famed as a graphic artist who vividly portrayed the street life and theater world of New York City in the 1930s and '40s. He studied etching with John Sloan and frequently portrayed subjects from Broadway theater, politics, and the circus.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and company; 1st edition (1945)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AQMF6
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,964,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Baker on December 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This one terrific book - an illustrated novel, a sort of early (1945) graphic novel - about one army private who wakes up one morning to find himself a dog....and everyone from his buddies to the sergeant and officers - never notice....and it is also a light satire on those who feel that some citizens should be treated as, well, dogs, or at least second class citizens....

This is well worth the read...and great for discussions as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. McCoy on December 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
'It Shouldn't Happen (to a Dog)' by Don Freeman is an interesting book from another age. The art is okay. The story behind the art makes it worth looking at.

If you have something you want to say, but are not able to, how do you go about saying it? For Don Freeman, a black cartoonist in the military, he saw inequality based on his skin color, but couldn't say anything openly about it. Instead, he tells the story of a soldier who joins the military and gets turned into a dog. We follow the dog as he goes through training and daily army life. We see him go on leave and tries to ride in the front of a city bus. It's not comical, but it is sharp social commentary for a time when this might have been the only way to talk about these things.

I found it to be of historical interest. The introduction is very good, and you get to learn about the artist, Don Freeman. I knew of Don from the children's book Corduroy, but I was unfamiliar with this side of his work. I'm glad I got to read this.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Dover Publications and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on January 29, 2015
Format: Paperback
This is a reprint of an adult book first published in 1945. I love Don Freeman as a children's writer/artist and just had to give this a read. It is a political satire/treatise on the racism and segregation he found rampant when he served in the army during WWII. Freeman is a black man and by turning his character into a dog he was able to tell a story he otherwise would not have been able to tell during at this time in American history. Even so, the book was highly controversial and received criticism. There is a very interesting introduction which explains all this and what the themes and symbols of the story are. It is good for its historical value but otherwise, without having read the introduction, I wouldn't have clued into the deeper meaning.
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By m pollard on March 21, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I requested this book because I am a fan of the authors. I was not let down with this one. I enjoyed the fact that it was fun and interesting for my kids as well as me. We enjoyed discussing the book after reading it too. Wonderful storyline, with memorable characters.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via NETGALLEY.
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