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One Dog and His Boy | [Eva Ibbotson]

One Dog and His Boy

Hal's parents refuse to consider a dog. Then they discover Easy Pets, a dog-rental agency. Terrier Fleck arrives on Hal's birthday, but when Hal discovers that his dog must be returned, he runs away. A large reward is offered for the missing boy, and soon they are being chased across the country. Helped by a travelling circus and sympathetic children from an orphanage, they race for their freedom.
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Hal's parents refuse to consider a dog. Then they discover Easy Pets, a dog-rental agency. Terrier Fleck arrives on Hal's birthday, but when Hal discovers that his dog must be returned, he runs away. A large reward is offered for the missing boy, and soon they are being chased across the country. Helped by a travelling circus and sympathetic children from an orphanage, they race for their freedom.

©2011 Eva Ibbotson (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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    Kay broken arrow, OK, United States 06-25-12
    Kay broken arrow, OK, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "More than just a dog story"

    Fleck is a new breed of dog - a "Totteham Terrier". Well, not really but that is what Kaylie tells the owners of the rent a dog business where she works so that they will allow the little stray to stay. So when Hal comes with his dad, thinking he finally getting the dog he has always wanted,the dog and the boy find each other. It is love at first sight. This is a wonderful story of love (between human and animal)and adventure,including a circus,detectives,evil characters,orphans,monks with a truly happy ending for all.

    The narrator did a great job, making this a great listen. I listened to it with my students in mind but I think even adults would enjoy this story. Ibbotson is one of my favorite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Priya Nashville, TN, United States 05-01-12
    Priya Nashville, TN, United States 05-01-12
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    "Pleasant laidback story for younger children"
    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Steven Crossley is a great narrator for this book. Like most Eva Ibbotson books (for children), this one is a light story of adventure with the good people winning and the greedy people getting their comeuppance - in this story, there are also greedy people who redeem themselves. Steven Crossley's tone perfectly matches that of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this feel-good adventure story to anyone who has enjoyed previous Eva Ibbotson books like "The Haunting of Granite Falls" or "Which Witch" or some of her other works that are more light-hearted. While I enjoyed the story, I am familiar with her type of characters, and her protagonists sometimes tend to be overwhelmingly "good". In "One Dog and His Boy", it's been very well done and I really like the main characters, and one of the nicest things about Eva Ibbotson books is that very often the "bad" people are depicted with a touch of ridiculous humor, and that makes them a lot more appealing. This book was really a great last gift from Eva Ibbotson.

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  • Melanie J. Daniels
    6/26/14
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    "reviewed by mum and dad"
    Where does One Dog and His Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audio book would rank highly among the many audio books that I listen to with my children.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I particularly enjoyed Eva Ibbotson's view of Hal's parents. Some amusing and sometimes laugh out loud commentary on modern parenting, and the experience that some children have.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The most enjoyable scene in the book was Hal's arrival at his grandparents cottage by the sea.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made us all laugh a lot. We didn't cry.


    Any additional comments?

    We all enjoyed listening to the book, as a family of parents and children aged 5,4,2. All of the children listened with great interest and we were entertained too,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • josephine
    motherwell, United Kingdom
    5/7/14
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    "good listen"

    Listened to this in one sitting on a long train journey... All in all a good fun story and an easy listen, not my usual choice but I enjoyed it! Would recommend it to anyone looking for something that requires little effort, but gives maximum pleasure.

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  • Mrs
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    3/25/14
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    "Lovely story"
    If you could sum up One Dog and His Boy in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, loving, happy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the dogs, no matter what they stuck by the boy.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Accent, warmth and drama


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, didn't want to get out of the car.


    Any additional comments?

    A lovely simple, easy going story. Will listen to it again.

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  • Richard
    SALISBURY, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Boys Determination - brings Adventures"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would have no hesitation in recommending this book, to all children who love animals, and also to parents, to understand how desperate children can become at not having a pet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure side of it, you never guessed what would happen next. it was exciting from start to finish.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    I had never heard of Steven Crossley - but he told the story really well. I never lost interest -
    finding the right narrator is so important in children's books, and I would be pleased to hear him again.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were times when my heart was pumping fast, wondering if he was going to get to his Grandparents home safely. I could also feel the sadness and anxiety he felt on the journey, I was sure the police were going to ruin his expedition but they didn't.
    there were also times when you could have a good laugh too.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is so good at describing things, I could almost see the scenery in the story. Be lovely to see a film made of the book.

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