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One Dog and His Boy Hardcover – March 1, 2012
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"Readers who have grown to love Ibbotson's bighearted heroes and larger-than-life adventure stories will relish this final novel." —Publishers Weekly
"Ibbotson's last novel is a mix of adventure, caricature and child-and-dog love, in which loyal friends, skuduggerous louts and obtuse adults all have a part. The comforting feeling that everything will turn out right is nicely mixed with the spice of humour." —The Toronto Star
"Ibbotson's final book is a story with the heart of Lassie and the satirical bite of Roald Dahl...Themes of loyalty, greed, devotion, and home are woven through a text that is as funny as it is satisfying." —Booklist
"A rousing, slightly surreal tale of rescue and redemption, this effort will appeal to animal lovers everywhere." —Kirkus
"This satisfying novel combines humor with heart to great effect-a lovely parting gift from the masterful storyteller." —School Library Journal
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Sadly, though, this was Ibbotson's last book before she passed away at the age of 85. I find it amazing that she was able to convey so succinctly many of the current issues surrounding our treatment of animals, detached parenting, and even some racism and hired help concerns in this short volume, and yet write it so that the book flows like a brook in the British countryside. If you are nostalgic for works by Enid Blyton or Philippa Pearce, you would love this one. My only complaint is that it's not yet available on Kindle, because, really, this is a keeper. Said daughter's review follows:
" 'One Dog and His Boy' by Eva Ibbotson was a really sweet heart-warming read.
"All his life, Hal has wanted a dog. He's begged, he's pleaded, he's asked - and, finally, on his tenth birthday, it seems as if he's finally gotten what he wished for.
"Fleck has always wanted a boy, someone to play fetch with, and chew bones with, and sleep on a bed with. Then, one day, he finds Hal, the most perfect boy you could ever imagine. He even lets Fleck have human food!Read more ›
I was very sad to realise that Eva died several weaks after completing the manuscript but what an inspiration her life is and I think you can be so competent in your eighties crafting a masterpiece. Highly recommend for one and all, adults and children.
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A great story for anyone who loves dogs/animals. Good paced story for keeping interest.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book had too many details. It got boring after a while. Also, there were too many characters to follow. Not every dog had to have a name. This book was not that great.Published 6 months ago by Libby Dunn
This book was so wonderful that I couldn't put it down. I had to stop at times because my eyes were wore out. I finished it in two afternoons. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Linda Robinson
Gorgeous little story of a boy and his love for a dog. Bought by accident as a adults book but still read it through! Lovely!Published on April 5, 2014 by Sally
All Hal ever wanted was a dog. But though his wealthy parents will give him any other gift, no matter how extravagant, his mother swears she will not have a dog in her spotlessly... Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Teen Reads
I read this to my Fourth Grade students this year. They couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. A great read!!!Published on July 26, 2013 by Cyndi Scales