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"...earns its place among the sharpest-witted tours de force of recent memory." — Kirkus, starred review

"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

About the Author

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, USA. She has worked in publishing, public relations and most recently advertising, but thinks the best job in the world would be head gardener for Regents Park. Meg lives in Highbury, North London. She is the author of Just in Case, What I Was and How I Live Now.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399257640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
The premise is a simple one: What if God were a teenage boy?

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I am a card holding member of the community of adults, have a child and a house to prove it. Still, I like a lot of YA novels. I think a good book transcends age goups and genres. There is No Dog is one of those books. And, honestly, if this book is really "Young Adult" then I think the "Adult" part is literal. The main characters are not high schoolers, but are independent, job holding, apartment renting adults. When the book description says Bob is a sex crazed teenager, take that literally. Except, Bob is God and "teenager" is a subjective term for him. I wouldn't recommend this to a "young adult" under the age of 16, possibly older depending on how open minded mom and dad are about the birds and bees.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
What if God were a sulky, hormonal teenage boy? Meg Rosoff heads down a very different path from her previous books, and imagines a world where Earth was won in a poker match, and entrusted to the care of teenaged Bob (with the help of long-suffering and wise Mr. B). When Bob gets a crush on beautiful Lucy, his moods are mirrored in unpredictable weather, though it seems that his heart is in the right place most of the time, and he doesn't mean any harm. This is a wry and sarcastic book, with a main character who is struck me as self-centered and annoying. My guess it you'll either like it a lot, or not at all. Fans of Terry Pratchett's DISCWORLD books seem like a likely fit to enjoy this book.
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I think There Is No Dog is a funny, charming book and the best non-scientific, fantasy explanation of why the world is as it is that I have read thus far. I'm not quite sure of its intended readership. I think it would probably embarrass my teenage grandchildren, especially if their grandmother recommended it, so I recommend it to other adults but not the teenagers in my life. Seriously, for all of the books that I read and wonder afterwards why I even bothered, when I think of this one, it always makes me smile!
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Of course, there are innumerable texts - historical and contemporary, fiction and nonfiction, etc. etc. - discussing and exploring the nature of God, but, as the subject line of this review reads, this book is truly one of a kind. God has been described by myriad people as everything from benevolent to vengeful, but to the best of my knowledge, this is the first time He has been embodied in the form of a teenage boy, and an utterly realistic teenage boy, at that.

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.
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