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One Dog and His Boy Eva Ibbotson's final masterpiece a tale of a boy and dog who were meant to be togetherAll Hal had ever wanted was a dog Never cries his mother Think of the mess the scratch marks the puddles on the floor But on the morning of Hal's 10th birthday the unbelievable happens He's allowed to choose a dog at Easy Pets a rent a pet agency a fact his parents keep from him The moment he sees the odd looking terrier he knows he's found a friend for life But no one tells Hal that Fleck must be returned When Hal wakes up on Monday morning Fleck is gone If dog and boy are to stay together they'll have to run away From the renowned Eva Ibbotson comes a tale laced with humor and brimming over with heart stunning in its beauty of the love of all things dog

10 thoughts on “One Dog and His Boy

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    I've been reading this book with my severely disabled brother for a while now We've been reading a chapter each day and it's been a really pleasant experience It wasn't until recently we even knew he was interested in books but his one to one carer at his new day scheme said he really enjoys story time Using this information we tested the waters we uickly figured out the trick to funny voices keeping him interested and bluffing your way through tongue twisters This was his first chapter book with us and it was a huge successAfter the first few each chapter becomes a story in itself This was great for keeping him interested and provided plenty of character arch's within the main plot arch There's just the right amount of character to stop the story for getting boring but also remaining consistent with a carefully developed accent for each one my brother S soon learnt to differentiate between the characters and pick out his favourites Then there's the dogs S has had a dog for three years now and found it easy to relate to the creatures in the book Even demonstrating actions to us with our own pup to show us his understanding This was definitely a fun read and a great little adventure A fair warning to fellow dog lovers there are a few moments which may well make your eyes water and your voice crack during this tale But it all works out in the end On the book it says '8' but it depends entirely on your child and their own comprehensive ability I will be sending this down to my five year old cousins in Liverpool next week for them to enjoy and I have no doubt this book will be well loved

  3. says:

    I think I may have a new favourite book This is such an elegantly written touching funny story I only wish I had written itHal and Fleck seem perfect for each other; the dog and his boy spend a wonderful weekend investigating the smells and sights of the local park But when Monday comes Hal is horrified to discover that his parents have merely hired Fleck his dog has to go back to the rental company The smouldering rage that Hal feels towards his parents leads him to become the reluctant leader of a whole pack of runaway dogs En route the dogs have adventures and misadventures on their uest to find new homesThere is a warm old fashioned feel to this book the detective on their trail has a collection of fake moutaches even if he did buy them off the internet and their run in with the circus has a very traditional feel If I had a slight reservation about this book it would be that this sense of the traditional extends to Hal's family It would have been interesting if Hal's mum had been flying off to make money while Hal's dad spent it But this was a very minor uibble in a book that I genuinely couldn't put down

  4. says:

    Our three year old daughter named her favorite stuffed dog pee pee When we got a real dog we wouldn't let her name it that so she called her Peach Although pee pee would have been a better name Thirteen years I scrubbed up after that darn dog and her pea sized bladder Argh But I digress Most people have dog stories and our family is no exception so when I started this book which is about a boy named Hal who begs his parents for a dog it was a walk down memory lane And when I got to the part of the collie herding sheep I chuckled as I remembered our border collie rounding up 12 laughing and whimpering and what's going on four year olds in a small tight circle at my daughter's birthday party But back to this storyLonely Hal begs for a dog and when his rich parents say yes he is over the moon Only problem? His shallow parents have actually rented a dog named Fleck for the weekend They think Hal will get tired of the dog after 3 days Instead he bonds with the dog and loves him deeply Not wanting to tell Hal that Fleck isn't for keeps the parents sneak him back to the rental place while Hal is at the dentist Hal comes home discovers the trick and is devastated And angry Ooh he is one mad dude He goes to the rental place takes Fleck and runs away with the help of a friend on an adventure where he discovers not only how to make dogs happy but his parents as wellThis light story has a happy ending exaggerated characters predictable plot and will be liked by animal loversThe adults are dumb and buffoonish in most cases except the grandparents There are uite a few unbelievable spots but it is all in good fun The story was a little slow for me but I'm not exactly a patient reader I did enjoy how it made me think of our doofy dog and how much I loved her and hated her peeing all over the place If you are getting a dog whatever you do DON'T give it a name that starts with that piddly letter pReading Level 63

  5. says:

    The late great Ibbotson's final novel for kids is a bit of a departure from her usual themes It is essentially realistic fiction and is about the bond between a boy and his dogand some other dogs Hal has longed for nothing in his life like he longs for a dog of his own But his wealthy and tidy parents don't want a messy pet in the house and don't understand Hal's feelings When Hal meets his doggy soul mate Fleck because his parents rent him for the weekend he can't just let him go back to the pet rental agency Hal takes drastic measures and runs away from home stealing Fleck in the process Kayley works at the pet shop but is home with the flu when her little sister Poppy takes care of the dogs on the night that Hal sneaks in Poppy has always felt sorry for the dogs so she let's out five others and they run away after Hal Soon Hal Poppy and all of the dogs are on a cross country trip to find the true homes for the dogs and adventure along the wayTold with the same heart uirkiness and laughs as her other novels Ibbotson fans will enjoy this last entry and hopefully the dogginess of the title will win her new fans as well I know she's my favorite

  6. says:

    I loved loved loved this bookThis is the story of how beautiful it can be when the right dog is with the right peopleMy favourite uotes'Often and often when you wanted something and then got it it was a disappointment But having a dog was completely different He'd wanted and wanted it and when it happened it was even better than he'd thought it would be He'd imagined some of it the companionship and the warmth but he didn't realise a dog would make you laugh so much or nor that he would help you make so many friends''A dog who belongs to somebody forever is a dog who is free'Beautifully illustrated by Sharon Rentta it's a real joy to read

  7. says:

    i like nice round characters that kids can recognize and learn from or gain insight from their behavior not caricatures of people that kids can't relate to when a character has no redeeming ualities they can be dismissed and when there are so many easily dismissed characters the story isn't engaging and relevant i love this author so was disappointed by this book

  8. says:

    Really enjoyed this but his negligent parents are despicable until the end The dogs are wonderful

  9. says:

    A very sweet book which I read because it will be one of my class' designated texts for the next school year Ibbotson is a brilliant author who portrays the world without sugar coating ridiculous adult behaviour corruption materialism and other things we normally don't represent to our children The adventures of pure hearted and simple Hal who simply doesn't fit in with his well to do wealthy parents and his uest to find and keep his dog Fleck have warmed my heart and made me giggle As a dog owner I could see a little bit of my dogs' ways uirks and behaviour in every dog characterised in the novel Very pleasant without being cheesy

  10. says:

    If there were than five stars I'd be on this forever

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