My Dog Skip

My Dog Skip

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by Willie Morris
     
 

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Now a major motion picture form Warner Brothers, starring Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson, Frankie Muniz, and "Eddie" from the TV show Frasier (as Skip), and produced by Mark Johnson (Rain Man).

In 1943 in a sleepy town on the banks of the Yazoo River, a boy fell in love with a puppy with a lively gait and an intellingent way of…  See more details below

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Now a major motion picture form Warner Brothers, starring Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson, Frankie Muniz, and "Eddie" from the TV show Frasier (as Skip), and produced by Mark Johnson (Rain Man).

In 1943 in a sleepy town on the banks of the Yazoo River, a boy fell in love with a puppy with a lively gait and an intellingent way of listening.  The two grew up together having the most wonderful adventures.  A classic story of a boy, a dog, and small-town America, My Dog Skip belongs on the same shelf as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Russell Baker's Growing Up.  It will enchant readers of all ages for years to come.


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Editorial Reviews

John Grisham
I read the book in two hours. The last chapter brought tears to my eyes, as it has many times since.
USA Today
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Former Harper's editor Morris presents a memoir of his small-town childhood in the 1940s and the dog who shared it with him. (Feb.)
Library Journal
In 1943, nine-year-old Morris first met Skip, an English smooth-haired fox terrier puppy who immediately went to sleep in his arms. From that magical moment of connection ("I was an only child, and he now was an only dog") until Morris left home to go to college, boy and dog were inseparable companions. In this sweetly sentimental if slight memoir, the author of New York Days (LJ 8/93) and North Toward Home (9/15/67) recalls growing up with Skip in the small, sleepy town of Yazoo, Mississippi. Unlike the other dogs Morris's family had owned, Skip was special. He could play football, running the "Statue of Liberty" play, much to the amazement of spectators ("Look at that dog playin' football!"). With a little assistance from Morris, Skip could drive a car ("Look at that ol' dog drivin' a car!"). He could run the 100-yard dash in 7.8 seconds, a world record for fox terriers. For anyone who has ever loved a dog, Morris's loving tribute will be a delightful read. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/94.]-Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
From the Publisher
"A rich experience all around.... Skip turns out to be a dog worth writing about.... I'd take him home in a shot."  -Bruce McCall, The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307558169
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/18/2008
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
401,264
File size:
2 MB

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Winston Groom
True artistry and exquisite writing... Morris' years with Skip teach us about canine love and courage, friendship and loyalty.
— Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump

Meet the Author

Willie Morris's last book, My Cat Spit McGee was published by Random House in Fall 1999.  He lived in Jackson, Mississippi, until his death in 1999.


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My Dog Skip 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you read this before? If not you should it is an awsome book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a boy and his childhood best friend, a smooth fox terrier named Skip. It relates stories of their many adventures growing up together including run-ins with snakes, giant spiders, even grave robbers, and being caught in a car with no brakes! These two live life to the fullest! This was a good, quick read and would especially be enjoyed by a boy with a love of dogs...
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book I think the movie was a litle funnier but the book was more serious about stuff it was pretty good though
Guest More than 1 year ago
In MY DOG SKIP,Willie Morris once again tells of his boyhood days in Yazoo MS, growing up alongside his pup. The adventures that Willie and Skip went on together during the WWII era are funny/heartwarming. If you are a dog fan, a child fan, a Morris fan, a southern fan, a WWII fan, a memoir fan, or a good book fan, pick up your copy of this book, and the Alcon Entertainment video while you are at it! You will NOT be disappointed with either!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'My Dog Skip' is a dog story seen in large part from the dog's perspective. Skip grows into an adult dog while Willie is still a child. The movie makes clearer than the book how Skip was Willie's teacher, guiding him through the misadventures of youth. An early scene in the movie shows Skip's first view, from inside his cage, of Willie (rather than Willie's first view of Skip); in one of the last scenes, Skip watches Willie's bus departing for college (not, as in the book, Willie looking back through the bus window at Skip). The boy doesn't lose his dog, but the dog loses his boy. It wasn't until years later, when Willie Morris was himself an adult, that he was prepared fully to understand Skip's lesson about the meaning of loss, and to reciprocate Skip's devotion by writing this memoir.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im in 9th grade and im the only child i have a jack russell terrior i live in a small town and everyone knows my dog
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I am readed it now in my classroom and It is good
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I am very excited to read this book! I saw the movie and i loved it :)
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CaptainSteven More than 1 year ago
Great period piece told thru the eyes of a young boy and his relationship within his family and town using Skip as a vehicle of sorts to interpret Love, courage and angst. Really, really enjoyed this book.
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