What a lovely, lovely story.
One Dog and His Boy is perfect as a read-aloud for younger readers or for good 8+ readers.
This is the story of Hal – an only child to rich parents. A child who has everything…except a dog of his own. For his 10th birthday, Hal’s father arranges to hire a dog for the weekend to “get it out of his system.”
Of course Hal and Fleck fall in love and refuse to be parted.
What follows is a road trip complete with runaway children, dogs and bumbling private detectives. A journey that gives everyone (especially Hal’s parents) time to think about what’s really important to them.
Delightful and heart-warming. And very sad to think that this will be Ibbotson’s last novel.
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 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.