The Way of the Dog
Scruffity is born into the harsh, grey world of a puppy farm. Taken from his mamma and locked in a concrete cage, what he yearns for most is Family. To belong is The Way of Dog. But no one wants him. Just as his chances of adoption grow dangerously thin, Scruffity is set free by a boy as unwanted and lonely as he is. Outside, Scruffity learns all about The Way of Dog--it is to…

The story from Scruffity’s point of view is very much like how you would expect it: to run; to dig; to howl; to LOVE. I feel like this is conveying a message deeper than what it seems to the reader. This is one of the crucial things that made this book so enjoyable to read. It was not funny, it was realistic, and so relevant to life.

After a very long time, Scruffity is reunited with his owner once again. This author conveyed the happiness so beautifully, it almost made me emotional. The overall message throughout this book remains the same: he follows his instinct which is coincidently, ‘The Way of Dog’. The illustrations to me, meant so much more than the words and the words meant so much more than what they said.

I would rate this book 5/5 because the presentation was very nicely done. The illustrations gave more liveliness and feeling to the book and the reader. I believe the writing was one of the most touching, climatic, and most importantly, realistic fiction texts I have ever read. So, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that is emotional, yet so deep it touches the hearts of non-animal lovers.

Reviewed by Yenuka, Brentwood Park Primary School