Farley Mowat (1921-2014) – ‘The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be,’ what a delightful book with numerous short humorous stories about a boy and his best friend - Mutt. This is one of Mowat’s earlier works, (1957). This was the second book by Mowat that I have read and while I enjoyed it, I preferred ‘Lost in the Barrens.’ While it is rated Juvenile, I cannot agree at all with that rating. Clearly the vocabulary is more suited to Adult as I think many of the descriptive words used by Mowat would challenge readers age 8 through 12.
I particularly enjoyed the story of Mutts tangle with the skunks under his grandparents cabin, and Farley’s entanglement with a skunk as they slid down a greased mud slide, his banishment from the cabin by the lake as is elders could not bear the smell of him and then, the subsequent account of Farley trying to first rid himself of the odour of skunk and then disguise it from his date later the next evening at a dance, pages 187 to 190.
This book can be enjoyed by anyone, perhaps 13 years of age or older. Recommended reading by Senior Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.
Great book for dog lovers and everyone else. Really enjoyed this book.
Another classic from Farley. Some of the Mutt episodes are more outlandish than anything you'll find in James Herriot's Yorkshire Vetinary's books! Farley writes as well as Herriot, too. He has a similar dry sense of humor with deadpan delivery. Those who love this must read "Never Cry Wolf" as well. A warning: many of Farley's books about the Canadian north are not at all humorous, though they give us a real insight into the impact of the coming of the white man to the New World.
I'd never read Mowat before but I love him now. I liked reading about life on the Canadian prairies during the depression years and Mowat's family life - so very different from my experience. I really enjoyed the life & times of Mutt and the family's treatment of him as a full member of the family and their acceptance of his quirks. I'll be looking for more of Mr. Mowat's writing.
its so popular that I had to put one on hold!
This well-written tale of a very unusual dog appeals to animal lovers but also gives an interesting glimpse into life on the Canadian prairie during the dust bowl years. A good introduction to the Farley Mowat body of work.
Delightful, fun, quirky and educational ... all wrapped up in a very readable format. I loved it!
How could one not laugh outloud with this book. Dog lovers all know a dog like this.
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