A delightful verse novel

7 Oct 2022 8:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Title: The way of Dog

Author: Zana Fraillon

Reviewer: Amber Sorensen

Zana Fraillon’s The Way of Dog is such a delightful read. A verse novel that captures the essence of what it means to be Dog, full of love, a sense of adventure, and exuberance.

Told from the perspective of Scruffity, one cannot help but feel as he feels. The author has done a superb job of weaving delightful verse into a story that tugs at the heart. My absolute favourite word from this book is the evocative ‘schnuffles’. Suitable for all ages.

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Comments

  • 7 Oct 2022 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    ‘The Way of Dog’ is a rich verse novel for Years 5-8. Scruffity starts life in a puppy farm with a ‘dead dog bin’ and cruel adults in charge. He wants what we all want, to be loved and to belong. Scruffity completes companion training in prison, and finds that life is more than a concrete floor. While much of his young life is harsh, Scruffity does find his way to love. He often reflects the goodness in humanity back to those who cross his path and helps many along his journey to find his forever family.

    A great reminder of the power of verse novels, recommended for those of all ages that need a little hope.

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