6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A real departure, but still worth owning.,
This review is from: The Other Dog (Books of Wonder) (Hardcover)
The Other Dog is the newest of a relatively small number of picture books Madeleine L'Engle has written over the years. Unlike the others, this one is neither about the Austin family nor about a biblical figure. The star of this book is Touche L'Engle-Franklin, a stage-acting poodle. When Touche's owners bring home their first baby, Touche can't figure out why they wanted this "other dog," who doesn't even have a tail!
Rated for ages 4-8, the book does not have the limited vocabulary one associates with this age group. I don't personally see that as a problem. For adult L'Engle fans, there's a nice little afterword by the author about the real-life Touche, who became part of Madeleine L'Engle's life at about the same time that she met her husband, the late Hugh Franklin.
This isn't L'Engle's best work, but it's fine for what it is. It's a cute little story for children, and also manages to have some interest for the adult L'Engle fan. It's nice to see some new fiction from her, even a short piece like this, as we wait for her unfinished novel (which may never be completed, unfortunately) about Meg Murry O'Keefe as an adult.