If you have ever wondered what the world is like through the eyes of a dog then this is the book for you. This is the story of Junior and his pet human Rafe (better known as Ruff). You may think that a dog’s life is simple, but Junior is here to tell you that there is a lot more to it than just sleeping, tummy tickles and eating bones…
Junior's life is pretty miserable in the pooch prison at Hills Village Dog Shelter but then he gets chosen by an actual human and everything changes. He has himself a pet human and life has never been better. But life is never straightforward and an incident at the park threatens to put him back in pooch prison unless he can become the village’s most obedient dog…
This a laugh-out-loud read (that would have my tail-wagging frantically if I had one) from the awesome Steven Butler and James Patterson. Dog lovers will totally relate to and delight in the wonderful bond that Junior and Rafe share. The fast-paced-story is hilarious as Junior makes wonderful observations at the strange things that the humans around him do and Butler has included a plethora of pooch puns and doggie jokes.
The loveable and mischievous Junior just can’t help getting into a spot of bother. And it is this ‘quality’ that sees him attend a dog obedience class to try and change his ways. But what is it they say about trying to teach an old dog new tricks…I’m not exactly sure of Junior’s age but I do know that he knows a lot of tricks, none of which have been taught at obedience classes. Junior is the kind of dog that I would definitely want to own, or perhaps that should be I would love to be Junior’s pet human. Junior provides fascinating and humorous insights into walks in the park, the perils of the vacuum cleaner, the worst word in the world and the best place to hide your snacks amongst plenty of other things.
The story is told through Junior’s eyes in the form of short diary extracts that are broken into days of the week and time, and this style makes it a great book for those children who are new to longer chapter books. Lots of cartoon style illustrations feature throughout, my favourites being the ones that show all the different rooms in the human’s kennel; The Rainy Poop Room, The Food Room and The Picture Box Room are genius ideas for the names of rooms within a house.
Added extras at the end include a word search, a dot-to-dot and a spot the difference. If you want to practice your ‘doglish’ there is page full of translations from ‘peoplish’ to get you talking paw-fect ‘doglish’.
This is the first in the series of Dog Diaries so if you this is the paw-fect read for you then be sure to check out another of Junior’s diaries.
Recommended for 6+.