City of Dogs

City of Dogs

Book - 2007
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Jenny, a mysterious dog, shows up on Sam's birthday and pulls many of the other dogs in the neighborhood into her quest to prevent the destruction of the world.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2007.
ISBN: 9780399243561
Characteristics: 250 p. ;,24 cm.


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terriercat Jun 02, 2015

At first, in the first few chapters after the prologue, I got the impression that the author didn't know much about dogs other than breed stereotypes and a few facts, but before I put the book down the problem was resolved when I got far enough in to learn that it was only the opinions and ideas of the various dog's owners in the book. After this I started really enjoying the story.
In the story, aside from the Poodle, Flo, which is questionable due to the fact that her owner dyed the dog's hair with hair dye that Flo ended up being allergic to, none of the dog's come from good home families except for the dog called Gentleman Jim whose life changes from good to bad during this story.
The storyline is very good although there were a few parts relating to Norse mythology that I had trouble following and understanding. I really like how each dog's story is told from that dog's viewpoint and the author seems to really understand and realistically portray situations that dog's end up in all the time, and the owners who are quick to get rid of the dog rather than try to understand them and fix the situation. The only exception here is possibly with the dog Boris whose situation is a bit bizarre.
Although not from homes where they are happy, the dog's all do their part to save the world they come from.
The ending to the boy's part in this story, of which there is one and although I haven't really mentioned him, I did like him and thought he was a perfect candidate to be the dog, Jenny's, owner, was a bit surprising and unexpected, and although I expected a happy ending for all the dog's, even how things worked out for them was just a little different than how I thought things would be.

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