- Age Range: 12 and up
- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: HarperTrophy (August 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064410382
- ISBN-13: 978-0064410380
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,255,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dogsbody Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Praised by PW as "among the most rewarding novels available for readers of all ages," this fantasy tells of the difficult mission confronting Sirius the Dog Star when he is sentenced to be reborn on Earth. Ages 9-14.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"Jones sees clearly and writes effectively and the girl-and-dog dtory is a sure, and never sticky, heart-tugger." -- Kirkus Reviews
Top customer reviews
I have warned you. So here are my concerns: there are two characters that are very cruel to animals. At the beginning of the book a very cruel person tries to drown a bag of puppies in a river. We learn later much later that all puppies escape. Also, the adoptive mother figure in the story is emotionally and sometimes physically abusive. It's a strange thing to wave into a sci-fi story but it does work. I would not change a thing about this book, but I just wanted to warn any parents out there about the content. I would recommend this book to much older children because of this.
Diana Wynne Jones blends the worlds of the celestial and the mundane masterfully. We see the world through the eyes of Sirius/Leo as the dog comes to be known. We feel his frustration when he catches only glimpses of memory. And we feel his pain at the inevitable outcome of the story.
The stars and planets are personified, each with their own personalities, responsibilities and nuisances within their society. Referred to as luminaries, the lord of the dog star is framed for murder of another star- and is thrown to earth to find the murder weapon or perish as an earthly creature.
I cant believe I missed out on this book for so long! Highly recommended.
Definitely pick this up if you like animal books. But it's not JUST an animal book either. Foremost it is a story of friendship. It's really touching, and even bittersweet. And the fantasy elements give it a more magical feeling. Diana Wynne Jones's way of telling fantasy stories is absolutely wonderful (check out her other books as well! Especially the Howl's Moving Castle trilogy).
I love the added introduction by Niel Gaiman. I haven't read many of his books but I know he was a friend of Jones's. A worthy introduction of such a great book.
Some other reviewers said the (kindle) price is ridiculous and I agree. It's virtually the same price as the paperback, so just get the paperback! Trust me, it's worth it. (And the paperback price is fair, I think)
Most recent customer reviews
It's definitely a book that would be best enjoyed by children around 10-13 and I feel I would have enjoyed it a lot more...Read more