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Filled with descriptive similes and personifications, A Wizard’s Dog is a creative introduction to classical literary figures like Merlin, Morgana, Arthur (circa Sword from the Stone/Excalibur), all from Nosewise’s (that cute pooch on the cover!) POV.
Nosewise is an extraordinary dog in a typical canine way. So kudos to the author for getting into a dog’s head and explaining why humans are strange beings and why Nosewise is smarter than us. He debated the simple confusion about “stranger danger” and how some strangers are harmless and good, a topic that parents reading to or with children can discuss in more depth.
Nosewise is our hero, but he is not thrusted into the role because of a prophecy or devine intervention. He simply wants his master to return and resume life as his best friend (and feed him, probably!)
Although I am a cat person by life’s funny coincidences (no pooper scooper needed, walks in inclement weather, dirty paws to clean off the floors), I indulged in this delightful retelling.
Listening to the author’s note at the end - where he also feels dogs are above felines (who can clean themselves) was worth losing a star, but my cats rolled their eyes and giggled at the delusion, so I allowed the rating to remain.
Graham Halstead, narrator, like Nosewise, was extraordinary. His voice talents surpassed my expectations and was comparable to the voices of our icons from when I was the Made for TV movie Merlin (which I have on DVD and still love, nearly 2 decades later.) It was easy to know who was speaking during my constant pauses while I listened and tended to real life.
A highly recommended family friendly book. Excellent story telling, fascinating characters (cheer the heroes and boo the villains), easy to follow plots, and creative world building for those new or familiar with the medieval setting. A Wizard’s Dog was thoroughly edited and stands as a proud accomplishment for author Eric Kahn Gale.
I liked this book when I read it in 6th grade, it was a little fast. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a short book with a decent story.