Just A Dog

Just A Dog

Book - 2012
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Corey recounts the adventures and misadventures of his Dalmatian, Mister Mosely.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780545381437
0545381436
9780545374538
0545374537
9780545374521
0545374529
Characteristics: 135 p. ; 22 cm

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bookgirl0691
Nov 24, 2016

I cried when I read the end. The other stories just made me laugh so hard. It's a great book. 👍🏻

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blue_horse_2854
Jun 01, 2016

"Just A Dog" is a very heartfelt written story. I absolutely loved it! Although some parts made me cry and feel sad, it was a great book none the less. I'm very surprised about the stars because it is a great book, really! I read it everywhere I went and I hope you will too! It's great for kids and dog lovers! I highly recommend it for everyone!

rdl727 Jun 01, 2013

I loved this book so much! It may not be "great" literature but I will remember the story for a long time. Of course, the story had me from the start as I've been a lover of dog books since I could read. Partly because it's a slimmer volume and partly because it's for kids aged 8 and up, I was expecting a lighthearted romp about silly dog escapades. And it was that--but so much more. Our narrator is Corey Ingram whose family adopts a Dalmation-Great Dane mix and names him Mister Mosely. His markings are not the usual black dots on white. One splotch on his chest looks like a cock-eyed heart which Corey’s mom believes is there because “Mister Mosely’s heart was too big for all of it to fit on the inside.”
Mister Mosely is not a super-hero dog, he’s “just” your regular-joe canine, but the truth is no dog is “just” a dog and it’s common for a family to treasure their pet and recognize the special qualities he/she brings to the family dynamic. And so it is with Mister Mosely, who has that sense of intuition many dogs have that tells them who is hurting, who is angry, and who needs them the most at any given moment.
Each chapter is a separate caper although subplots thread through most of them. One subplot about his father and uncle grows ever more serious. This book doesn't flinch from some of life's sadder, stressful moments. But adults worried the book might be “too” sad or serious should know that the author handles everything age-appropriately and splendidly. That said, it is very sad in places (I cried) but it's funny too. The ending is realistic. It's not a Disney-happy ending but it feels right and true and hopeful. I liked the realism in both the characters and the adventures and I thought the pacing was perfect. This book won several awards in Australia.

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