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If I Had a Dog (1984): It Wouldn’t Act Like This

Lilian Obligado, If I Had a Dog (Golden Press, 1984)

The book's narrator dreams about having a dog of his own on its cover.

The dreams a young boy dreams.
photo credit: ebay

I kind of liked this one for the first few pages, which are all about cute-dog-dom, but then it goes off into a flight of fantasy (basically about how this particular dog won’t do any of the annoying things all dogs do), but it never tips its hat to the reader that it is a fantasy. That might be acceptable in a book for older readers who understand dogs, but in a piece of pre-lit it seems like it will just confuse the kid. I wasn’t much of a fan of this one at all. **

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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