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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

About the Author

Eva was the author of twenty novels for children and adults. Her first was published in 1975, and her last is the joyous ONE DOG AND HIS BOY. Eva's books have been shortlisted for every major children’s literary prize in the UK, and JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA won the Gold Smarties Award in 2001.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545351960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545351966
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Lee on June 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a mother who screens everything her 13-year-old daughter reads, I am always a little hesitant about picking up a book about animals - and dogs in particular, for fear of a sad ending, naturally! "One Dog and His Boy" by Eva Ibbotson is not one of those books, and I'm so, so glad said daughter picked it out at the library even though it was about a *boy* and a *10-year-old* one at that. This is one book you choose to read knowing it comes to a happy conclusion, with a nice hot cup of tea and some hot scones and lemon curd ... Lovely.

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!
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Eva Ibbotson died the day before the proof pages arrived in the post. Quite amazing that she was still writing up to the last and this book is a great note to go out on. Hal is the child of upwardly mobile house-proud London parents, Albina and Donald Fenton and has everything that he could possibly want, apart from a furry companion. Eventually his father rents him Fleck for the weekend from a mercenary couple who rent pedigree dogs to people who need to pretend that they have dogs but who don't want the inconvenience of actually owning one. Fleck is a mongrel but his kennel maid has snuck him into 'Easy Dogs' by pretending that he is a new exclusive breed of 'Tottenham terrier' and he is rented out to Hal just in time before he was about to have a 'final visit' due to not being chosen to be rented out, sob. Needless to say, Hal is distraught when Fleck is heartlessly returned to Easy Dogs and a heart-warming tale ensues with Hal running away to his grandparents with a pack of escapees from Easy Dogs. Eva Ibbotson has made sure that this is up to date with modern references that all children can relate to and it is quite an easy read, so it is best suited to children under ten who are fond of animals. (I received this book free from the UK Vine program).
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My oldest grandson wanted a dog in the worst way. For 9 years of his life, he ate his heart out wishing for a dog. On his 10th birthday I couldn't stand it any longer, so I got him a little mixed breed dog that lo0oks just like the one on the front cover of this book... and his pup was named Scamp. It's been 3 years now, and when I saw this book I had to buy it for my grandson. The story is perfect, and the ending is even more so. What a beautiful story. My grandson has read the story twice already. Best book for a boy and a dog.
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Eva Ibbotson is my favourite children's book writer. And this, her last book, is brilliant. You care so much about the central character, care so much about the dogs he gathers around him, and the ending is wonderful. I have read just about all of Eva's children's books and this one is very impressive. She was an extremely imaginative writer who was a true craftsman at creating plots and subplots that weave together seamlessly.
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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Eva Ibbotson's books are always delightful, and her children's books are in particular a grand escape for an adult who feels a bit battered by the real world. Here we have a lonely little rich boy whose parents can't see why he's upset when the dog they've rented for one weekend just to give him "the dog experience" has to be returned. Hal refuses to accept this and takes off with the dog, along with a variety of other dogs from the shelter who are also yearning for homes. Adventures ensue, and Ibbotson's trademark humor lifts her prose a cut above, such as when a fiery little Pekinese reflects, "There is absolutely nothing wrong with old ladies, but when your ancestors have been bred to ride on the saddle of the Emperor when he gallops off to war, you do not feel like being told you are an itsy-bitsy little doggie, aren't you." This is comfort food for the soul: if you are feeling wrung-out and teary after reading "The Invisible Bridge" and watching your favorite characters get loaded into cattle cars, or if "Gone Girl" has left you feeling there is no goodness or trust left in the human psyche, then this is the book for you.
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