I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 2015 B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREE for Literary Fiction.
Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways: A Primer on Unintended Consequences is about a very special and unique Labrador full of vivacious energy and curiosity that is guaranteed to get him into trouble. Told from the view of Joey Hanser, the beautiful chocolate Lab, we are regaled with moments that make you tremble from laughter and others that make you gasp in fear.
“If I were a king or a prince in the top of a tower surveying all of my hands, I couldn’t have been happier than I was there, on my wall.”
Joey is a well behaved dog for the most part except when he’s not being watched by his mom and dad or when he’s in the backyard or somehow “contained.” That’s when Joey gets into trouble. Joey and Officer O’Connell of Animal Control have a unique and friendly relationship.
“Officer O’Connell is another community friend who is not afraid of me. He has another name: Animal Control. Everyone once in a while when I escaped our home or property through some secret means, Animal control came to where I’d been found … He pleasantly opened the back doors of the Animal Control Police van, into which I jumped; then he closed those doors and drove and drove.”
Told from Joey’s perspective, the reader is given insight in the relationship between him and his parents, what his heart desires, and why he might be so inquisitive. We see first-hand how he recognizes when mom and/or dad are unhappy, who has treats for him and how to escape like Houdini!
This is a delightful story. It makes pet owners appreciate their beloved pets and makes others wishful for a dog just like Joey. Hanser tells of the ups and downs of owning Joey but not once is there any expression of regret. It is clear that Joey is, has and always will be a loved member of the family. It is inevitable that tears will flow but there will be greater amounts of laughter and there will be those “duh” moments that all dog owners will face palm themselves and so “that’s what he/she wanted.”
Not only does Hanser provide vivid and rich detail but she pulls on your heart strings. You can almost feel the same pain and joy they have experienced because of Joey. This was a very well written book told in a style that is both simple and easy to read. The reader has no choice but to connect with Joey as he is persistent and a joy. This book resonates with his personality and innocence. Once you begin reading this book you will have difficulty putting it down.
WordsAPlenty rates this book with a 5-star rating.
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