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All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. "Never!" cries his mother. "Think of the mess, the scratch-marks, the puddles on the floor." But on the morning of Hal's 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He's allowed to choose a puppy at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency (a fact his parents keep from him). The moment he sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he's found a friend forAll Hal had ever wanted was a dog. "Never!" cries his mother. "Think of the mess, the scratch-marks, the puddles on the floor." But on the morning of Hal's 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He's allowed to choose a puppy at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency (a fact his parents keep from him). The moment he sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he's found a friend for life. But no one tells Hal that Fleck must be returned and when Hal wakes up on Monday morning, Fleck is gone. If dog and boy are to stay together they'll have to run away...From the reknowned Eva Ibbotson comes her final novel, a tale laced with humor and full of heart, and stunning in its beauty and all things dog....

Title : One Dog and His Boy
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ISBN : 9781407124230
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 271 Pages
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One Dog and His Boy Reviews

  • Kate Quinn
    2019-04-02 07:34

    Eva Ibbotson's books are always delightful, and her children's books are in particular a grand escape for an adult who feels a bit battered by the real world. Here we have a lonely little rich boy whose parents can't see why he's upset when the dog they've rented for one weekend just to give him "the dog experience" has to be returned. Hal refuses to accept this and takes off with the dog, along with a variety of other dogs from the shelter who are also yearning for homes. Adventures ensue, and Ibbotson's trademark humor lifts her prose a cut above, such as when a fiery little Pekinese reflects, "There is absolutely nothing wrong with old ladies, but when your ancestors have been bred to ride on the saddle of the Emperor when he gallops off to war, you do not feel like being told you are an itsy-bitsy little doggie, aren't you." This is comfort food for the soul: if you are feeling wrung-out and teary after reading "The Invisible Bridge" and watching your favorite characters get loaded into cattle cars, or if "Gone Girl" has left you feeling there is no goodness or trust left in the human psyche, then this is the book for you.

  • Elen Caldecott
    2019-04-05 06:08

    I think I may have a new favourite book. This is such an elegantly written, touching, funny story. I only wish I had written it!Hal and Fleck seem perfect for each other; the dog and his boy spend a wonderful weekend investigating the smells and sights of the local park. But when Monday comes Hal is horrified to discover that his parents have merely hired Fleck - his dog has to go back to the rental company. The smouldering rage that Hal feels towards his parents leads him to become the reluctant leader of a whole pack of runaway dogs. En route, the dogs have adventures and misadventures on their quest to find new homes.There is a warm, old-fashioned feel to this book: the detective on their trail has a collection of fake moutaches (even if he did buy them off the internet) and their run-in with the circus has a very traditional feel. If I had a slight reservation about this book, it would be that this sense of the traditional extends to Hal's family. It would have been interesting if Hal's mum had been flying off to make money while Hal's dad spent it. But this was a very minor quibble in a book that I genuinely couldn't put down.

  • Amy
    2019-03-26 07:14

    I've been reading this book with my severely disabled brother for a while now. We've been reading a chapter each day and it's been a really pleasant experience. It wasn't until recently we even knew he was interested in books but his one-to-one carer at his new day scheme said he really enjoys story time. Using this information we tested the waters, we quickly figured out the trick to funny voices, keeping him interested and bluffing your way through tongue twisters. This was his first chapter book with us and it was a huge success.After the first few each chapter becomes a story in itself. This was great for keeping him interested and provided plenty of character arch's within the main plot arch. There's just the right amount of character to stop the story for getting boring but also remaining consistent - with a carefully developed accent for each one my brother, S, soon learnt to differentiate between the characters and pick out his favourites. Then there's the dogs, S has had a dog for three years now and found it easy to relate to the creatures in the book. Even demonstrating actions to us with our own pup to show us his understanding. This was definitely a fun read and a great little adventure. A fair warning to fellow dog lovers, there are a few moments which may well make your eyes water and your voice crack during this tale. But it all works out in the end! On the book it says '8+' but it depends entirely on your child and their own comprehensive ability. I will be sending this down to my five year old cousins in Liverpool next week for them to enjoy and I have no doubt this book will be well loved.

  • Barb Middleton
    2019-04-12 12:35

    Our three-year-old daughter named her favorite stuffed dog, "pee-pee." When we got a real dog we wouldn't let her name it that so she called her, "Peach." Although "pee-pee" would have been a better name. Thirteen years I scrubbed up after that darn dog and her pea-sized bladder. Argh! But I digress. Most people have dog stories and our family is no exception, so when I started this book which is about a boy named, Hal, who begs his parents for a dog, it was a walk down memory lane. And when I got to the part of the collie herding sheep, I chuckled as I remembered our border collie rounding up 12 laughing and whimpering and what's-going-on four-year-olds in a small, tight circle at my daughter's birthday party. But back to this story...Lonely Hal begs for a dog and when his rich parents say, "yes," he is over the moon. Only problem? His shallow parents have actually rented a dog named, Fleck, for the weekend. They think Hal will get tired of the dog after 3 days. Instead he bonds with the dog and loves him deeply. Not wanting to tell Hal that Fleck isn't for keeps, the parents sneak him back to the rental place while Hal is at the dentist. Hal comes home, discovers the trick and is devastated. And angry. Ooh... he is one mad dude. He goes to the rental place, takes Fleck and runs away with the help of a friend on an adventure where he discovers not only how to make dogs happy, but his parents as well.This light story has a happy ending, exaggerated characters, predictable plot and will be liked by animal lovers.The adults are dumb and buffoonish in most cases, except the grandparents. There are quite a few unbelievable spots but it is all in good fun. The story was a little slow for me but I'm not exactly a patient reader. I did enjoy how it made me think of our doofy dog and how much I loved her and hated her peeing all over the place. If you are getting a dog, whatever you do, DON'T give it a name that starts with that piddly letter "p."Reading Level 6.3

  • Gwen the Librarian
    2019-03-28 09:20

    The late, great Ibbotson's final novel for kids is a bit of a departure from her usual themes. It is essentially realistic fiction and is about the bond between a boy and his dog...and some other dogs. Hal has longed for nothing in his life like he longs for a dog of his own. But his wealthy and tidy parents don't want a messy pet in the house and don't understand Hal's feelings. When Hal meets his doggy soul mate - Fleck - because his parents rent him for the weekend, he can't just let him go back to the pet rental agency. Hal takes drastic measures and runs away from home, stealing Fleck in the process. Kayley works at the pet shop but is home with the flu when her little sister, Poppy, takes care of the dogs on the night that Hal sneaks in. Poppy has always felt sorry for the dogs, so she let's out five others and they run away after Hal. Soon, Hal, Poppy, and all of the dogs are on a cross-country trip to find the true homes for the dogs and adventure along the way.Told with the same heart, quirkiness, and laughs as her other novels, Ibbotson fans will enjoy this last entry and hopefully the dogginess of the title will win her new fans as well. I know she's my favorite.

  • jazz-ee2
    2019-03-25 09:34

    I loved loved loved this book!This is the story of how beautiful it can be when the right dog is with the right people.My favourite quotes:'Often and often when you wanted something and then got it, it was a disappointment ... But having a dog was completely different. He'd wanted and wanted it and when it happened it was even better than he'd thought it would be. He'd imagined some of it - the companionship and the warmth - but he didn't realise a dog would make you laugh so much, or nor that he would help you make so many friends.''A dog who belongs to somebody forever is a dog who is free.'Beautifully illustrated by Sharon Rentta, it's a real joy to read.

  • Leona
    2019-03-24 06:06

    i like nice round characters that kids can recognize and learn from or gain insight from their behavior, not caricatures of people that kids can't relate to. when a character has no redeeming qualities they can be dismissed and when there are so many easily-dismissed characters, the story isn't engaging and relevant. i love this author so was disappointed by this book.

  • Prodowd
    2019-04-19 11:21

    Not that good :(

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-15 08:23

    Good gravy this book was lame!

  • Marta
    2019-03-27 12:17

    A very sweet book which I read because it will be one of my class' designated texts for the next school year. Ibbotson is a brilliant author who portrays the world without sugar-coating ridiculous adult behaviour, corruption, materialism and other things we normally don't represent to our children. The adventures of pure-hearted and simple Hal who simply doesn't fit in with his well-to-do wealthy parents, and his quest to find and keep his dog Fleck, have warmed my heart and made me giggle. As a dog owner, I could see a little bit of my dogs' ways, quirks and behaviour in every dog characterised in the novel. Very pleasant without being cheesy.

  • Thảo Moon
    2019-04-20 05:21

    Nói chung là ham chơi quá nên đọc sách cứ đổi qua đổi về rồi ngâm đó. Hồi xưa đọc giỏi lớn lên càng tệ lậu, mình đang tập lại thói quen tốt đó.Quyển sách này thấy bất ngờ lắm, cũng biết tụi nó tình cảm cơ mà không nghĩ là đáng yêu đến zị.Từ hồi chơi vs nhiều bạn thương yêu động vật làm mình cũng dần dần thay đổi ánh nhìn vs tụi nó. Một chuyến phiêu lưu thú vị và trẻ em đã giúp người lớn nhận ra được rất nhiều điều.

  • Alekz Hannah (Bookupied)
    2019-04-23 12:15

    Audio book for my book club.

  • Gracie
    2019-04-10 07:20

    If there were more than five stars, I'd be on this forever!

  • Jill
    2019-03-28 13:23

    All Hal Fenton ever wanted was a dog. His rich parents are never around, and in any event don’t like messes, or spontaneity, or companionship – all things he knew he could get from a dog:"Hal didn’t mind what it looked like; it would be alive, and it would belong to him, and it would be there when his father was in Dubai and his mother was out with her friends and he was alone in the house with the maid who changed every month and was always so homesick and so sad.”Before his tenth birthday he virtually bombarded his parents with pleas and notes, and finally his father said okay, but not to what Hal thought. His father was going to take Hal to the Easy Pets Dog Agency where you could rent a dog for the weekend. He figured Hal would get tired of the dog very quickly, and would hardly notice when they returned it.But Hal and the little mutt Fleck felt immediate and mutual devotion, and Hal’s mother had to trick Hal to get Fleck back to the Agency. Hal, desperate, prepared to rescue Fleck and run away. At the Agency, he won the assistance of the little girl Pippa who was helping to take care of the dogs. She not only went with him, but she freed all of Fleck’s other dog friends in Room A. All of them headed out to Hal’s grandparents, who Hal knew would be accepting. Along the way they were chased by greedy adults who were after the large monetary reward publicized for Hal, but the two children also made a number of helpful and wonderful new friends. The dogs too found “soul mates” along the way. Thus, Hal and Pippa and all the dogs learned what it meant to feel as if you were “home,” and even Hal’s parents started to learn as well.Evaluation: How can you not love a book about dogs that don’t die? ….Only in this case, it was the author who died, days before seeing the page proofs for this book. She left lots of adoring fans behind, including me. This book is meant for middle grade readers, but will endear readers of any age.

  • Pamela Kramer
    2019-04-21 11:34

    'One Dog and His Boy' by Eva Ibbotson is her last book for children. This extraordinary writer and winner of many awards died days before seeing the uncorrected proofs of this book. She would be proud of the final result.All Hal wants in the world is a dog. His parents have so much money they couldn't possibly spend it all, and they shower Hal with gifts, but refuse to get a dog."Too smelly, too messy, and liable to scratch the furniture" are just a few of the reasons his mother gives for not allowing a living creature in the house. She doesn't allow living things outside the home either, having a garden that consists of raked gravel so no messy dirt gets inside.Finally, when nothing else will make Hal happy, his father rents him a dog -- an adorable little "Tottenham Terrier" or rather, a pure mutt or mongrel (the book is British, after all).When Hal gets home from the dentist and the dog is gone, he finds out that Freckle never was his permanently -- just rented for the weekend. After losing his dog, nothing matters to Hal. His parents tell him that the dog will forget him, and he believes them.However, introduce a few quirky characters and fate -- and the result is Hal on the lam with Freckle, the younger sister of their caretaker, and several of the other rentable dogs.They are on their way north to Hal's grandparents -- down-to-earth people who live a simple life on the coast. The adventures on the way, the people whom the children meet (both good and bad) and how they finally end up all involve a circus, a monRead the whole review at:

  • Sita Maria
    2019-04-20 09:22

    This is a story about a boy who really wants a dog however his rich parents do not want to give him one as they think the dog will ruin their expensive home. His parents find out about a pet renting scheme and rent him a dog as they think he will get bored of it quickly. The boy is unaware that the dog will be returned and bonds with it. The boy, Hal, then plans to run away with the dog. Hal’s wealthy parents offer a reward to help find him. I like this book as I think lots of children can relate to it having pets of their own.This could be linked in with a literacy lesson e.g. getting children to create a persuasive leaflet about helping dog charities. To children thinking about each character children could rewrite a short story from the dog’s point of view. The book contains various locations throughout Hal’s adventure; this could be linked in with a geography lesson to get children thinking about different ways of travelling and what effects these could have on the environment.

  • Anne
    2019-04-05 13:13

    I finally got around to reading One Dog and HIs Boy, and it really is a delightful read.It's so very sad that Eva Ibbotson died just a couple of days before the proof copies were ready for her to see, she is a great loss to children's literature.The story has a strong moral feeling throughout, yet is written to appeal to children of all ages. Younger children will enjoy the adventure story and older ones should take on board what Ibbotson is trying to tell the reader; that material things are not as important as love and affection.It is a story of determination and loyalty. Hal, the little boy who has everything, everything except what he wants most in the world - a dog. Fleck - the little dog who comes along and steals Hal's heart. The other ill treated dogs from the 'rent a dog' agency - each one of them a wonderful character in themselves. The people Hal meets during his travels - the circus staff, the abbot and of course Pippa.A wonderful read that I enjoyed very much.

  • Beth Bonini
    2019-03-25 08:17

    I'm not really a dog person; I say that knowing it is probably a huge flaw in my character.And yet, I was completely charmed by this book -- which, although it is about many things, is primarily about the loyal and loving nature of dogs. The main characters in the book take a strange sort of odyssey, and the best bit of it is that a group of unique dogs all manage to find the right owner to belong to.When I read Ibbotson's books I always feel that her character and all of her most strongly held beliefs (and dislikes, too) coming shining through. Anti-materialist all the way, Ibbotson portrays a poor little rich boy who really only wants a dog to love and care for. She's a playful writer, but what I really love about her is the moral lessons she always imparts. "Morality" has such a stiff, starchy sound, but in Ibbotson's work it is something supple and responsive.

  • Matthew Sandstrom
    2019-04-01 09:22

    Usually I'm immune to sap and sentiment and such, but this book - particularly the end of it - was a bit too fluffy. I loved the beginning, which looked to be setting up for a real adventure, but then there were all the minor characters - too many, for a book this short. By the end I didn't feel as warmly towards Hal or Pippa as I thought I would, as neither were very interesting, or perhaps because I wanted to spend more time with them. Still, the story is very nicely written, and all that.

  • Cupcake Girl
    2019-04-24 06:26

    I read this book in two days at my grandma's house. In the room where my sister and i sleep is a small bookshelf and every time we go I check to see if there are any new ones. This was there. Being her last book I made sure that I read it through to the end, that was easy enough. The writting was brilliant and the story is really, I can't think of a word to describe it, it was just amazing,very i want to say sweet but that's the wrong word, it was an entracing story of a boy and his dog( or a dog and his boy)Beautiful.Heart warming. There we go I found the words.

  • Claudia
    2019-04-13 08:15

    A lovely story, funny and heart warming. Suitable for dog lovers of all ages. I'm sure this is going to be one that I read time and time again. It was definitely worth spending a little more to get the hardback illustrated edition, as the little drawings of dogs are beautiful too.

  • Tracy
    2019-03-28 12:09

    My 8-year old son and I did this as a read-aloud together. We both enjoyed it and it gave us a lot to talk about along the way.

  • Grace
    2019-04-14 07:07

    I couldn't even finish this.

  • Yellowoasis
    2019-04-20 09:21

    A lovely story, even if you’re not a dog lover. It’s touching and poignant, with just the right amount of sentimentality, and yet it’s not a soft story by any means.

  • Milana Waller
    2019-04-03 06:14

    If here was a such thing as a knock off book, this is it. It seems like the author tried to copy classics and at the same time make it modern but the mixing didn't really work at all...

  • Tintaglia
    2019-04-06 05:20

    Non una parola fuori posto. Un romanzo perfetto, divertente e commovente. Mrs. Ibbotson, grazie per quest'ultimo regalo.

  • MissHancock
    2019-04-12 12:23

    A really nice read.

  • Jerren Reyes
    2019-03-24 11:24

    There was a rich family that can get anything, clothes, jewelry, shoes and more. Hal the son of the family wanted something too, more than the whole wide world. That something that he really wanted was a dog. The problem is his mom wouldn’t allow a dog in the household. When his dad comes home from a trip he tells Hal he can have a dog. Hals dad had a thought of only keeping the dog for a week because he thought Hal will get tired of the dog. When he got his new dog Fleck he could never let him out of his sight. One day when Hal came back and found Fleck missing, Fleck was put back in the pound. Hal had a plan to steal back Fleck and run away to his grandparents home. He goes through the adventures with other dogs and people. The One Dog And His Boy is known to be realistic fiction and I can agree with that. A way I can tell it is realistic fiction is because of the setting and the other features of the text. According to “Fly Away Home” by Eve Bunting, it states”My dad and I live in a airport…” This is an example of realistic fiction because of the setting. An airport can be found in real life, so it is realistic. Another example is from Fly Away Home is “ I know he’s calling about an apartment. This is an example because an apartment can be located in real life. The One Dog and His Boy is realistic fiction because the text can contain objects and nature that can and do happen in real life. Characters can also be similar to others in the world as well. I enjoyed “One Dog And His Boy” because it had amazing adventures with the a Boy and his dog. I like how the author put the story about the boy, Hal had to make a plan to keep his dog that he loves. This book was also interesting because of the different characters interacting with each other made it feel like i’m in the actual book. The book was successful because I was so hooked up to the book and it encouraged me to read more. I would recommend this book to everyone who is a dog person and loves adventures. I also recommend this book to kids mostly because this book can let them imagine what Hal is doing for the one thing he cares about. If you are looking for any book to read , I really recommend finding “One Dog And His Boy” and read an amazing adventure of Hal and his dog Fleck.

  • Ieva
    2019-04-22 13:31

    Grāmatas, kuru centrā ir suņi, pilnīgi noteikti ir mana vājība - ja es uz vāka redzu suni un vēl nosaukumā ir suns, es vairs nešķiroju mērķauditoriju un tik ņemu lasīt (lai gan nevarētu teikt, ka kopumā mani jelkad būtu mulsinājis lasīt bērnu literatūru). Pat ja atmet suņu tēmu, Ibstones grāmata nudien ir tāda, kuru būtu jādod palasīt tiem, kas pārliecināti apgalvo, ka visas labās bērnu grāmatas tika uzrakstītas kad mēs vēl bijām bērni un pirms tam, tagad tādas drazas vien izdodot (un parasti viņi neko bez Grega kā nesen izdotas bērnu grāmatas piemēru nosaukt nevar). Varu iedomāties, kā es pirms 22 gadiem sajūsmā pārlasītu vēl un vēl... Jo te netrūkst ne piedzīvojumu, ne ļoti lasāms un patīkamas valodas (tādā nozīmē, ka daži labi aforismi varētu tikt izvilkti, ja es ar to nodarbotos), ne patīkamu galveno varoņu, ne saprotams morāles (toreiz man tā nerūpētu gan) un, protams, - SUŅU! Galvenais kompliments grāmatai laikam ir tas, ka apsveru šo nopirkt un uzdāvināt kādam radu bērnam. Un tas izsaka ļoti daudz.

  • Debbie Battaglino
    2019-04-08 07:13

    This is such a special book. Eva has perfectly captured the connection we have with dogs and the selfless choices they make for love of their humans. Her beautiful writing immerses you in her story so completely. Adults and children alike will love Fleck’s and Hal’s adventures. Hal is ignored and underestimated by his wealthy parents when they go about renting a dog for the weekend to appease his wanting a forever furry friend. The adventure begins when the dog is returned, Hal takes action, and an unlikely chain of events result in a band of runaways attempting to make their way to what they hope will be a safe haven. The story delivers twists and turns of friendship, loyalty, bravery, perseverance, and a group of dogs, and humans, that will steal your heart. The author reminds us that we all belong somewhere, we can learn from our mistakes, there is love on the other side of forgiveness, and you can never go wrong when you pick up an Ibbotson story. What treasures those she left us, how sad that we won’t have more.