I have a few ARC’s from Netgalley that are pending review. ARC’s are Advanced Reviewer Copies that are provided to readers a few months before the books are released. The reviewers should send a feedback and also promote the books on their Instagram page or blog posts. I have about 10 ARCs and I decided better late than never.
First up is a middlegrade book, ‘The Dog who Lost his Bark.’ It is a sweet and sad story about a boy and a dog. The Dog is the main character in this novel. When the Dog was a pup, he was mistreated and thrown in a dump. The Dog has trust issues with humans and loses his bark and only whines. A dog that loses his bark is not a happy dog.
The Dog has a new owner, a young boy named Patrick. Patrick is visiting his grandfather and his mother finally approves his request to get a dog. The Dog becomes Patrick’s pet. The rest of the story is about how Patrick teaches Dog that the world is a happy place and that he is the Dog’s friend.
In the end, Dog comes to Patrick’s rescue when something in Patrick’s life doesn’t go according to plan and Patrick loses his bark(becomes depressed).
This book is a heavy read and sad when it comes how the Dog was mistreated. The children who identify with this book would be kids who lost someone or whose parents are going through a divorce. The elders should definitely read before giving to kids because it is not all cheery but sad, with a happy ending. The book also has beautiful sketches that add to the depth of the story.