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It’s a wonderful 6 plus hour children’s audiobook that follows loner Noah Padgett, an awkward adolescence, as he battles first the stepmother from hell and then Monsieur Percival Poodle, the poodle from hell when Noah and his dog Bluebell are sucked into an alternate universe where dogs rule. This audiobook has suspense and dry British humor, which may go over the youngsters' heads, but makes it a listen that adults will enjoy as well.
At the beginning it took me a bit to warm up to Mil Nicholson’s style of narrating, to an eleven-year-old listening to this story the best description I can give is, imagine your feisty ole grandma gleefully reading you a scary bedtime story and acting out every character. By the end of the story, I was a fan! The audio quality isn’t the best, there were several studio noise moments where extraneous movements could be heard and the sound quality overall was a little thin. But these minor grievances should not detract from the overall enjoyment of this audiobook.
I look forward to hearing more from author Sarah Potter.
Now, first, a word from the authorial voice in my head. (Or, if you prefer, literary critic.) If asked to step into the author’s mindset for what I see as a crossover fantasy/science fiction novel for juveniles, I’d have to identify a two-pronged approach: to entertain and to impart experience. True, it’s what many authors intend, but few achieve. Given an adult reader, you might point to an internal monitor that sorts through the relevant and irrelevant, the necessary and the desired. As the parent of two up-and-coming readers—what here in the States are sometimes called AR, or accelerated readers—I’ve learned many important things about the ways in which they think. One observation I have for writers of children’s literature, as a nonexpert in the genre myself, is no bludgeoning treatment of moral situations. To excel, I think, as a children’s author requires the world-building finesse of a C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien, the elan and sensibility of a Beatrix Potter or E.B. White, and a sense of whimsy wielded with the hand very like a Brian Jacques or Douglas Adams. In short, children usually know when they’re trying to be tricked into a lesson—by an author, by a parent, or by an educator. In that regard, Sarah Potter’s book conjures no literary chicanery. You don’t have to be a full-on, elf-eared fantasy fan, a science fiction “geek,” or, in fact, even a juvenile to enjoy her second novel in the space of about a year.
This book not only fetches, but it delivers delight and wonderment. In my pegging, Noah Padgett’s journey (a bildungsroman to all you fellow former or current lit majors) will appeal to the child who’s perhaps ‘graduated’ from the chapter books and style of the aforementioned White (of which Charlotte’s Web stands at the heart of his oeuvre) and one who is ready to venture into the fantastical realms built by a Jacques or the makers of the Animorphs or “Spirit Animals” series of chapter books. I can see a Riordan reader steeped in Greco-Roman mythology eagerly devouring this book, although the struggle for Noah Padgett is generally less fisticuffian than it is a gauntlet testing the mettle of one’s mental and emotional wherewithal. The Zyx dimension, which forms the strongest rib of the science fiction aspect of this novel, is nothing if not a new mythos. A world built ready for the reader to immerse himself in and, yet, not one so arcane or remote as to be unrelatable to early 21st century reality.
So, you’ve got a fabulistic framework here. A world where Canis sapiens is the top dog of species (forgive the pun), but it’s all guided nimbly along the narrative by a normal preteen boy who, like all human beings, has an imperfect and even, at times, sloppy life. His beloved puppy Bluebell has wreaked havoc in the home, then disappeared. And despite everything—despite a cranky and manipulative stepmother (to put it nicely), a father who’s away at work incessantly, and a mother’s untimely death—it’s up to Noah to mend the rift between our place and time and the Zyx dimension and its furry and, at the same time somehow human, Canis sapiens. Noah, as the Outsider to Zyx, goes through the trials of any heroic character: there’s mistaken identity, there’s friendship, there’s betrayal, there’s escape (and I don’t mean escapism) and adventure.
And, finally, there’s resolution amid the struggle. Noah’s real-world concerns of family and school come to a zenith, as does his journey to rescue his dog from the paws of one megalomaniacal pooch, who insists on absolute deference and being called Monsieur Percival Poodle. All this while Noah himself is locked into, in effect, an asylum for abnormal beings in the dog realm, where he meets several colorful representatives of the Zyx dimension. To give away more than that, I think, might spoil your meet-and-greets with canines from the larger and giant breeds through the toys. In effect, from Chihuahuas to Borzoi, retrievers, Rottweilers, and the bully breeds. Each of these characters’ personalities and foibles will likely be a smile-worthy occasion for the reader, especially if she knows her dog breeds and their attendant temperaments and sometimes-habits.
Do you need to be a dog-lover to love this book? No. You only have to be willing to accompany a human boy on an extradimensional exploration where he learns . . . well, that's ultimately for you to discover!
This book should be an enjoyable experience for accelerated readers of 8 or 9 years old who are reading at about the 5th-grade level and above. It’s an expletive-free tale with no sticky teen situations for a parent to explain and, although it’s best understood by people with at least a small grasp of British English and culture, it is not at all inaccessible to Americans or other readers of novels written in English.
My only other caveats, if they even are that, is that some impatient readers of rock-‘em, sock-‘em fantasy and adventure tales, MIGHT feel that this book lags a little bit as Noah contends with all the issues surrounding his confinement and treatment at the hospital. (Yes, it is studded with those precious character development moments that some readers dislike, sadly!) That and it might not appeal to Captain Underpants fans or other lovers of books riddled with slapstick or bathroom humor, jokiness, and high doses of inanity.
In the end, besides one normal human boy, a veritable bestiary of memorable characters awaits you. I’m at once excited, and a tad envious, that you will get to experience the Zyx dimension afresh!
'Noah Padgett and the Dog-People' still reflects much of that style, even though the principal target audience is probably a bit younger, this being written more as a YA crossover. There are still 'darker' moments, as well as some very humorous lines that will appeal to adults and YA both. ('There's something very unnerving about a criminally insane spaniel dressed like an overgrown primary school girl.')
It's very apparent that Sarah Potter knows her dogs - I work with dogs on a daily basis and she has got the characters' names and traits absolutely spot on for the breeds they represent in our world. The interaction between those of different breeds is just what you'd (or at least, I) imagine.There's something intrinsically funny about giving dogs / animals in general, human qualities.
I say 'our' world, for of course this tale (no pun intended) takes place in another dimension, but one that retains much of Earth's characteristics, which allows the author to mix and match fantasy with reality as she pleases, but without losing the story's focus, or unnecessarily confusing the
Yeah - if you're looking for a light, fun read with a bit of adventure, then I'd most definitely recommend this one.