1 December 2012
Also Reviewed at Young Adult Books Central
This is a tremendously sad dog book. Corey is glad to have Mr. Mosely, a Great Dane/Dalmatian mix, in his life, especially since times are tough for his family. Mr. Mosely if often comic relief-- like when he savages a Pink Panther stuffed animal he thinks is menacing Corey's younger sister-- but more often is a source of anxiety. He manages to go missing and get a fishhook stuck in his mouth, get hit by a car, and eventually get cancer. Yes, by the end of the book, Mr. Mosely dies. Still, he is an integral part of Corey's life, and helps him make it through tough times like his father losing his job and family fights.
Strengths: This is a rather suspenseful book; every chapter ends with the promise of something terrible happening.
Weaknesses: This had too many sad and too few happy moments for a short book aimed at lower middle grade students. This is an Australian author, and it occasionally shows in the text.
It's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe andWhat Are You Reading? day at Teach Mentor Texts. Both sites have lots of links to reviews about books that are great for the 4th through 8th grader. It's alsoNonfiction Monday, hosted this week at The Miss Rumphius Effect.