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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062015761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062015761
  • ASIN: 0062015761
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (830 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain (and its tween adaptation, Racing in the Rain), How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. He is the cofounder of Seattle7Writers.org, a nonprofit collective of sixty-two Northwest authors dedicated to fostering a passion for the written word. Garth lives in Seattle with his family and his dog, Comet.


More About the Author

Garth Stein is the author of four novels: the New York Times bestselling gothic/historical/coming-of-age/ghost story, "A Sudden Light;" the internationally bestselling "The Art of Racing in the Rain;" the PNBA Book Award winner, "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets;" and the magically realistic "Raven Stole the Moon." He is also the author of the stage play, "Brother Jones." He has a dog, he's raced a few cars, climbed a bunch of really tall trees, made a few documentary films, and he lives in Seattle with his family. He's co-founder of Seattle7Writers.org, a non-profit collective of 74 Northwest authors working together to energize the reading and writing public.

Customer Reviews

I laughed and cried while reading this book.
Patricia L. Stone-TeStruth
If you love dogs, you will love this story told from the dog's point of view.
Kathryn L. Koches
Anyone who loves dogs or animals will love this book.
LindaFaith

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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Polk on May 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
As someone who is involved with racing, I can tell that Garth has done his homework here. As a general animal-lover, I couldn't imagine how the title could relate to a dog. This is easy to read - short chapters that consolidate various thoughts and actions. In fact, I couldn't put it down. I read the entire thing in 2 sittings, starting on the flight home from a race, irritated that I had to turn my Kindle off during landing.

The story involves a guy who is an amateur racer - SCCA and that type - but still has a day job. He dreams of hitting the big time, and shares his thoughts and dreams with Enzo, his dog. The two share life's trials and tribulations, through Denny's marriage and what comes afterwards. All through Enzo's eyes.

The story takes some harsh and unhappy turns. I found myself thinking that it was a sad story, but after I finished, it somehow stayed with me. I kept thinking about it, and it grew on me. I ended up thinking what a great story it turned out to be. It does take a surprise turn at the last minute. I should have seen it coming, but didn't.

I would recommend this story, even if you're not a racer, or a dog. Easy to ready, good moral story, and more thought-provoking than you think it will be.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Katearama on December 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book in order to preview for my advanced-reader 3rd grader, knowing full well that this was an adaptation for young readers of an immensely popular adult novel that I had heard raved about. I have not read the original adult version, only this one (the kids' one).... Boy, am I glad I did! I, myself, loved the book (this one, for kids); it was a real tear-jerker, poignant, not really about a dog, liked it even though I'm not into car racing, etc. Everything all the 5-star reviewers said!

HOWEVER, the main premise of the story is so heavy and depressing, and I would imagine quite unsettling for the average 9-year-old, that I cannot fathom giving it to my children to read before they are at least in their teens. It does turn out happy in the end, which I'm glad for--otherwise I don't think I could have handled it myself--but it sure is a heck of a ride to get there. One that my children need not be exposed to at this point.

Here's my spoiling summary, in case you want to know what happens: It starts out with the dog old and decrepid and lying in a puddle of his own urine, near death, and ready to go--keep in mind he's got human thought processes being shared with the reader. Then it jumps back to the rest of the dog's life, during which the wife/mother ignores symptoms of a brain tumor, then finally gets diagnosed, the husband is duped into letting his wife live with her parents to live out her dying days (which turns out to be eight months), and even further duped into letting the kindergartner live with them too, under the guise of her spending more time with the dying mother. The husband is starting to be pushed out.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By wbentrim VINE VOICE on July 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Racing in the Rain, My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein

This is a painfully poignant story narrated by a dog. If you like soupy books and love dogs, prepare your reading time with a full box of tissues.

This is the story of a family and their dog. A dog that just knows that his next revolution on the wheel of creation he is going to have opposable thumbs and vocal cords uses his insight and narrative skills to tell the story.

The story is moving and characterizes the value of perseverance, patience and tenacity. Love can not conquer all but love can sustain life. Driving race cars provide Denny and Enzo metaphors for living their lives. This story can teach compassion and a willingness to help others.

This is purported to be a kid's book and admittedly the reading level is hardly taxing. However it is emotionally charged and could be a bit intense for the younger reader. (Remember Ole Yeller?)

Although this book could easily be read by the literate first grader I would not recommend it for the primary grades. I think it would be fine for the upper elementary grades and on up. I enjoyed it but then there have always been questions regarding my maturity level.

I recommend the book, it is inspiring, sad and satisfying.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Christy on May 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the adult version "The Art of Racing in the Rain", it's a book that will forever be on my keeper shelf! It was such a wonderful story that I was so excited to get this version for my son. He is a mature 12 year old but I felt more comfortable with him reading this one. He just keeps telling me how great of a book it is!! I will admit that both of us cried but it left us with smiles on our faces and an overall sense of happiness!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Vanilla Ice on December 7, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is the **CHILDRENS BOOK VERSION** which is exactly what I needed but its not made very clear in the description. Make sure you search for "art" in the title to find the regular version. That is all.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Read/Loves to Teach on August 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book came highly recommended by a friend. And while my husband and I both loved the story, I really don't think it was intended to be a children's book. As an elementary reading teacher, I think my students would be very disturbed by some of the subject matter in the story.
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