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There Is No Dog Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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"Wildly inventive and laugh-out-loud funny..." — Booklist, starred review
"...there's no denying that Rosoff's writing and sense of humor are a force of nature..." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Cheeky and subversive." — Horn Book, starred review
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In the hands of any other author, the book would have been gimmicky, silly and slapstickish. But There Is No Dog is by the amazing, surprising and delightful Meg Rosoff, so we know that we're in for a treat.
In There Is No Dog, God is indeed a teenage boy. He watches over Earth with the help of Mr. B, his tired and somewhat frustrated by his assistant. Mr. B. Has reason to be frustrated, for there are many things wrong with the way God has been running things.
After winning Earth in a poker game, Mona (a Goddess of some renown) hands the job of God over to her son who is insolent, spoiled and not all that brilliant. He created the earth in six days because he was too tired and lazy to take any longer with it.
Mr. B has been left to clean up the mess, one prayer at a time. But there is only so much he can do. For answering one prayer might affect the schism of things in another way. Cure one child of rabies and perhaps the stock markets crash? Help one girl's dying mother and maybe the polar ice caps dry up? And the fact that God (whose name is Bob) created mortals in his own image is most troubling to Mr. B. How can a planet filled with insolent, greedy, intolerant boobs like Bob possibly survive?
However survive it must, even if God doesn't want anything to do with it. He is currently obsessed with a young mortal girl named Lucy, an assistant at the zoo. He loves her. He wants to marry her. He wants to have sex with her; and preferably not in the form of a swan this time. God isn't too sure what he was thinking when he did that.
When their courtship begins, strange things begin to happen.Read more ›
In the end, the message of this book was positive. I consider myself a believer. I attend church and have since I was a child and don't go just for community or socialization. I actually think God exists. I wasn't offended by the various concepts of God presented in this book; I can't speak for the more devout or fundamentalist-- they strike me as lacking the funny bones and suspensions of disbelief necessary to appreciate this book. I am often mistified by the way the world turns. Sometimes it does seem that God is petulant, moody, and self centered. Sometimes it seems he is a being of remarkable ingenuity and moments of grace and wisdom. Just like Bob.
Funny, insightful, charming. I really recommend this book to YAs and grown-ups too.
In this book, Bob is petulant, arrogant, and not exactly the brightest bulb in the chandelier (though he is not without rare and brief flashes of genius). He is also singularly obsessed with girls and sex, falling in love (or lust) time and time again, with natural disasters being the evidence of the end of each affair or infatuation. What I thought was a very interesting (maybe even inspired) choice by Ms. Rosoff is that, while he, his words, and some of his actions may be funny, he is not what I would call all that likable, as he ranges from being lazy and utterly self-absorbed, to doing things that are completely despicable and inexcusable. He is, after all, omnipotent, and when that unimaginable power is unleashed as a result of a temper tantrum or thwarted desires, the results are not pretty; in fact, they can be deadly and even catastrophic.
Bob and his shenanigans are balanced out by a cast of characters that is colorful, to say the least, and includes but is not limited to: Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the high reviews on this and figured I would read it. I found a hard cover at a local discount store for 1.99. I'm glad I didn't spend more. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Edward McQue
I thoroughly enjoyed There Is No Dog. It was a fun, intriguing, and comical book. With all the fantasy versions of what and who God is (that I have seen), this book had the best... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nolan Ruocco
In general, I very much like Meg Rosoff's writing, and have read most everything she's written. This book seems a departure from her previous works, and is more along the lines of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gregory W. Shelnutt
Oh, my!! What an imagination! Just a super book - funny and profound. I read it in one sitting and never was tempted to leave it to do anything else. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Harper
The overall concept of choosing "God" could have been more interesting if the readers could have shared in the process... Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Lucy D. Hartnett
Brilliantly done. Really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. However, all the reviews mentioning the uniqueness of the premise... Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Kochava
There was so much not to like in this book. I am a high school librarian and there are few books that I have not enjoyed. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Kim, consumer
Sad book but the ending is ok. Not my favorite book. Very make believe story but I guess in a humans talking it could happen.Published on February 26, 2013 by Denise L. Hartford