The bestsellling author of A Year in Provence and Hotel Pastis now surveys his territory from a differnt vantage point: the all-fours perspective of his dog, Boy--"a dog whose personality is made up of equal parts Boswell and Dr. Johnson, Mencken and A. A. Milne" (Chicago Sun-Times). Enhanced by 59 splendidly whimsical drawings by Edward Koren.
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Boy tells his story of abandonment and abuse. He lives on the streets in Provence where he must fend for himself. Boy also happens to be a dog. This is the story of his life. Every inch of this story is covered in the perspective of the dog. After some tough times on the street, boy moves in with a writer and his wife. Boy's new life is full of dinner parties, house guests, and love. Boy writes about his thoughts on cats, the punishments for stealing, and how amazing chewing and chasing a tennis ball. Boy also shares about how ridiculous he finds humans to be. I would suggest this book for older students, around grades 5-8. The author uses sarcasm, which adds to the complexity of the text. However, the text is full of witty remarks and wonderful humor. I would use this book as a mentor text to help teach perspective. I would have my students take a piece of writing that they had previously written and determine who's perspective it was written from. I would then have my students determine another character who's perspective that it could be written from. Then the students would have to rewrite the story, from the perspective of another character in their story. The book is a great way for a students to learn about writing from a unique perspective.more
Apparently there's a special genre of book out there that specialises in giving voice to dogs. The number is quite large too. This is the third of such book that I read. There's one trend that can be seen - the books are usually funny, witty and a bit satirical. How else can you be, when trying to view human and their quirks through the eyes of man's best friends? Boy experienced a very hard life as a puppy. He had to compete with many of his siblings for mum's milk. Then with mum suddenly unexplainably disappeared, he had to face fighting for unappetising food and worse, the boots of the brutish owner. Then in the biggest adventure of his life he had to live off the gargabe bins, alone, outside a village. That is until he met 'the management', i.e. the madame and the other half, an English couple living in Provence who are truly a good example of human, which in Boy's definition is the 'most convenient support system'. In their household Boy thrives. As long as he conforms to the human's standard of hygiene - meaning staying away from the delectable smell of rotten dead animals and the like, and once in a while enduring the humiliating bath - he has the runs of the management's house. There, in the kitchen and under the tables Boy grew up and learns a lot of wisdoms about human quirks, which he happily share in this funny, witty and unforgettable memoir.more
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