Monday, June 10, 2013

Dog on It

If you ask me why I am an adult services librarian I will tell you, “Because I don’t want animals to talk in the books I read.”  OK, so there are other reasons too such as I am really really bad at dancing the Hokey Pokey.  Dogs in books should bark or even sometimes growl, but they should never talk.  However, after six people told me I should read Dog on It by Spencer Quinn, I reluctantly gave in and checked out the book. As you probably have guessed, the book is narrated by Chet the dog.  To my surprise, I truly enjoyed the book and loved Chet.  If dogs could talk, I imagine that they would sound just like Chet.
Chet’s sidekick is private investigator Bernie Little. He is a bit down on his luck. He needs money
 fast, so he takes the case of a missing teenage girl, but only because her very distraught mother has cash in hand.  The case looks like a runaway, not a kidnapping, until Bernie gets too close to the truth and Chet is dognapped.  Chet discovers the truth. I will say no more about how the crime is solved, and Chet isn’t talking either.  I am still not sure about how I feel about talking dogs, but I found myself laughing out loud at Chet’s point of view.  I plan to download the next book, Thereby Hangs a Tail, in audio to an MP3 player from OneClick Digital to make my daily commute a little more tolerable and maybe even a tail wagging good time. 

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