Monday, 14 April 2014

Joanna's Choice: WOOF

You may remember that I reviewed an e-book called ANTics in January. This is a review of another by the same author, Dakota Douglas. It's called WOOF.

70 pages of roughly A5 pages, this book is for 7 to 9 year olds. It's a story about a boy called Jeremy who, on moving to a new town, feels left out at school. He befriends a dog who he calls Rufus and notices how everyone seems to want Rufus to play with them. Jeremy wishes to be a dog and Rufus magically grants his wish. Jeremy ends up in Rufus's body trying to remember not to talk and Rufus ends up in Jeremy's freaking his parents out with his canine behaviour and insistence on barking instead of talking.

Of course there is much more to it than that, the back story of Jeremy's parents' not spending enough time with him is revealed as they seek professional help to understand the drastic behavioural changes in their son. Also, there is a second body switch at a later stage which results in burglars being foiled.

Most importantly, Jeremy's life is better by the end of the story.....but wouldn't it want to be after the nights he had to sleep outside while Rufus curled up on his bed!

 Dakota Douglas's leaning towards working actual animal traits of her animal characters into her stories is present and correct as ever. WOOF can be purchased here. I was given a copy of it for review. My opinions are my own. I don't hesitate recommending it. It's a great read with surprising twists and turns.

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