The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Sun-mi Hwang
Published by Abacus
For fans of: Dogs! Short, enjoyable reads
My rating: 3 stars out of 5.
This is the story of a dog named Scraggly. Born an outsider because of her distinctive appearance, she spends most of her days in the sun-filled yard of her owner’s house. Scraggly has dreams and aspirations just like the rest of us. But each winter, dark clouds descend and Scraggly is faced with challenges that she must overcome. Through the clouds and even beyond the gates of her owner’s yard lies the possibility of friendship, motherhood and happiness – they are for the taking if Scraggly can just hold on to them, bring them home and build the life she so desperately desires.
Short review, because I’m sick and really want to go back to bed.
Firstly, thanks to the folks over at Abacus and Little, Brown UK for having us aboard this Book Tour. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Of course this won’t affect my opinion of the book. Don’t be ridiculous. Gabrielle P, highly opinionated since the day she was born, thank you very much.
Secondly, if you’re stopping by from Magic, Ink and Stardust – WELCOME! It’s great to have you aboard.
The Dog Who Dared to Dream follows the life of Scraggly, a mix-breed dog with a curious nature and a zest for life. Because of her unusual looks, Scraggly, naturally, is a little bit of an outcast – treated differently by her mother and siblings alike. The only person who seems to see her uniqueness in a positive light is her owner, Grandpa Screecher.
I love dogs. Dogs are amazing. We don’t deserve dogs. That said, I was hesitant going into this because, well, it’s a very short book about a dog. How profound could that be? Turns out, very.
The Dog who Dared to Dream may be light in terms of page number, but this novella is full of heart, and surprisingly emotional. Scraggly’s relationship with Grandpa Screecher is the driving force of this little book, and it’s filled with dealing on family, loss, and dynamics of friendship. I would recommend it for children – kids would love Scraggly and her sense of adventure. But I’m sure there are adults who would love this too.
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