The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

by Farley Mowat
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The Dog Who Wouldn't Be (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a heart stopping book with all the details and You will love it and so will anyone who loves a good laugh or a great children or dog story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be a regular,boring book, but looks can be desiving! This book, I believe, should be a book that all people should read. This book was smart, exiting, funny, and sad all at the same time. This book is not well known in my town, which is sad because it is too good a book for people not to know about it.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
It is 1929, and eight year old Farley Mowat moves with his father and mother from the verdant depths of southern Ontario to the arid and dust-shrouded prairies of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada, so that Mr. Mowat can take a new job as Saskatoon’s chief librarian. Shortly after arriving, Mrs. Mowat purchases, for four cents from a boy trying to sell ducks for a dime, a nondescript, bedraggled pup. Farley called him “Mutt” and wrote, “I suspect that at some early moment of his existence he concluded there was no future in being a dog. And so, with the tenacity which marked his every act, he set himself to become something else.” The book chronicles the adventures of Mutt with Farley, his family, their friends, and a host of others, as they hunt ducks, chase cattle, deal with cats, battle other dogs, climb ladders, learn to sail, take vacations, catch creatures, make pets out of owls (the ones Mowat writes about in Owls in the Family), mess with skunks, and eventually return to Ontario. Can you imagine why one day Mutt would turn up with fur colored black and blue instead of black and white? These stories are hilariously funny. Unfortunately, the “h” word occurs a few times, and the “d” word occurs rather frequently, along with some other interjections like “For God’s sake, By God, Sweet Jesu, and Mother of God.” There are also occasional references to drinking whiskey, beer, and rum. If it weren’t for these, the book would be suitable for anyone, but as it is, I would recommend it only for those 13 and up. The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, which splendidly tells the entertaining story of the author’s boyhood on the Canadian prairies, is sometimes called Farely Mowat's best loved book. As I said previously, aside from the language, it is truly amusing. SPOILER ALERT: I won’t go into any detail, but I will say that there seems to be an unwritten rule that any story about a dog and his boy has to have a sad ending. However, all dog lovers will find that Mutt is always full of surprises.
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Da_Fish More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book in elementary school through Scholastic Book Club in the late 1960's; it is one of two books I remember from childhood. It's an easy read, of course, but is just as enjoyable as I remembered and expected. The writing is excellent; it enables the reader to imagine nearly every scene. Read & enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I havn't read this book yet,but from what i've read and heard, i'll love it. I first heard about this book from school. I took an SRI test and it was recommended. Then later, I told my mom about it, and she said that she'd heard of it and it was a great book. So I'm now really looking forward to reading this. Especially because I myself am a dog lover, and I have two dogs. So hopefully i'll get this book soon and be able to see why people love it so much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of the best books I've read in a long time! It centers around Mutt, a true mutt with extraordinary talents... The book is aimed at younger readers but is entertaining enough for all ages to enjoy! Mutt shows his intelligence in many ways - learning to walk the tops of fences to avoid the neighborhood pack of dogs, climbing ladders/trees/mountains, outsmarting/retrieving live birds... He gets a rep as the BEST retriever ever and no one believes his talents until they witness them in person. Though the story is based around Mutt, the other characters in the book are just as entertaining, esp. Father. If you enjoy books about dogs, or are just looking for a good laugh, find a copy of this book! You won't be disappointed. =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the most remarkable canine who may have lived. Both a hilarious and tender account of a boy and his dog. You'll laugh throughout, but you won't finish the book without a tear. One of my twelve year old son's favorite books by Mowat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It all starts when the author is a young child who has just moved with his family to an unfamiliar prarie. His mother, never one to turn down a bargain, buys a *ahem* puppy. She thereby saves the family at least $100, as dad wanted a purebred something or other. This puppy, eventually known as mutt ends up growing up with the author, and what an adventure it turns out to be. Mutt is the dog all of us wanted as kids, but never were able to enjoy. Your dog chased cats perhaps, but did he ever decide that since the cat's ran across the top of a fence, it was his duty to learn how to first, climb a ladder to get up to the top of the fence, and then, the balance needed to walk the top of the fence as well? And, while most dogs fight when they must has yours ever '...turned upon his back, with his legs working as though he were riding a bicycle...' in order to confuse the other dogs? Pity the other dogs in these encounters. By the time one reaches the hunting sessions, the pump of laughter is fully primed. Occasionally one must lay the book down in order to let one's ribs rest. I laughed until I cried as a child, and then when reading it again as an adult I couldn't help but laugh aloud until my daughter came over and demanded to know what I was reading. After reading her several passages, I lost custody of the book until she finished reading it. Any book which makes you laugh by telling you the truth and nothing but the truth is a keeper. This is one book that we have had to buy multiple copies just to replace the one's we've worn out reading. We don't loan it out for fear of not getting it back. So, if you want to read it, you're either going to have to buy your own or see if the library has a copy.