by Hy Conrad
Expected publication: April 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks
A series of 115 short essays written by eleven courageous canines who are willing to tell the truth about dogs every last dirty, hairy, bit of it: why they always dash to a rug when they have to throw up, why they eat furniture when endless chew toys are nearby, and why they’re always absolutely starving. Peppered with lively, clever stories and visually appealing photographs, Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know is a must-have for any dog lover. It’s a verbal and visual delight that is laugh-out-loud funny.
“If everyone owned a dog, we would have world peace. If everyone reads this book, they will go and get a dog and we will have taken a big step in the right direction. So this book can save the world.” Terrence McNally, playwright
Since I received this as an ARC, it was not the complete book, so I can’t really give a full review since I only got to read the first 25 pages, or the first 7 stories that will be in the complete version of this book that people who purchase it will get. The book is written from the point of view of the dogs, which makes it all the more funny. You get a rather comical look at what might go on in their brains.
This first story was my favorite; it reminded me of my dog, Tux, 100%. It has to do with dogs who want what we call in our house the “double feed.” Our dog is such a mooch and it just made me LOL, it was so funny, I got my husband’s attention and read it aloud to him. He was LOL too.
I also liked the second story about a dog that pee’s in the herb garden. It made me think, well I better be sure to wash all green things super well before I eat them!
I wasn’t much connected with the other stories, but I am sure there is something in this book for everyone. I will probably buy the actual book when it comes out because the little bit I read was so funny that I want to read more. I hope there is a story about a dog who takes forever to go to the bathroom. I want to know what is going on in my dogs head when he gets in the position like 8 times before he actually goes.
This book, at least what I read, is appropriate for people of all ages. The pages are very colorful and it has tons of pictures to make you connect with the character telling the story. The stories are short and would make a good bedtime story book, or if you are one of those people who put books in the bathroom, it would be great in there too.
I thoroughly enjoyed what I read of this book and am eagerly awaiting its release so that I can get the full version!
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.