From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-Jack, a big yellow dog, has fallen head over paws in love with pretty Petra; when her owner finds out, she comments, "But Jack is just a Labrador and Petra is a Samoyed." Then the plot takes a different path with Petra soon becoming pregnant. A subplot involves the environmental conservation of the forest area surrounding the mill where Petra has her puppies as a new highway is soon to be built over it. Jack's overemphasized stupidity in some scenes is inconsistent with his apparent intelligence in others. On the other hand, in scenes in which his real emotions come through, his character rings true. Some readers might find the scene in which Jack chases and kills a cottontail, licks its blood off his teeth, and says, "Yum," and later "licks the inside of the bunny's skin" a bit over the top. In addition, several of the dog-language words he uses are unclear; having to refer often to the glossary slows the story. However, Finney does a good job of weaving realistically believable canine behavior and slapstick humor throughout. Jack's sincere attempts to make sense of what people are telling him are particularly funny, and the ending is upbeat. Small black-and-white drawings break up the text on many of the pages.James K. Irwin, Nichols Library, Naperville, IL
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Gr. 3-6. Meet Jack. Hi, hi. Pant, pant. Wag, wag. May I smell. . . . Oh, sorry. Jack is a yellow Labrador retriever. He tells us"apedogs" (excuse me, that's what he calls humans) his story in hisown words. Well, the three cats sharing his den (house) help by addingacid commentary in footnotes. A good thing, too, since Jack is verythick and sometimes gets things wrong. But he is sweet. Very, verysweet. He loves Petra, the girl dog next door. They have puppies, andthings get complicated. Jack and Petra run away. Jack's pack leader(owner) tries to find them. He has an accident, and Jack gets to be ahero. Oh, wow. Happy dog. Happy readers. Good, funny book. ShowBritish author Finney much respect. Tummy rubs all around.Michael CartCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved