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Alfred Ollivant's Bob, Son of Battle: The Last Gray Dog of Kenmuir (New York Review Children's Collection) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings
ISBN:1590177290
LANGUAGE:English

" Bastardised version of brilliant original.Avoid. " said.

" I absolutely loved this book! It was my first time reading it and it and it definitely captured my heart. I only wish now that I had read it aloud to my children while they were all still at home! " said.

"I can't imagine this book being published by anyone but NYRB. Thinking as a bookseller, this is one of those books that might struggle to find the right reader. It's not obvious to me that a lot of middle grade readers will eagerly pick up a book about shepherds and sheep dogs in 19th century England. And although the prose is clean and elegant (thanks to Lydia Davis's modernization), this book is closer to Hardy than to any of the middle grade I've seen come out in the last five (or thirty) years. Having said that, I'm comparing it to Thomas Hardy. The characters here are complex and interesting, and often frustrating in a way that makes them seem very real. I found the book gripping and beautiful, although harsh. So, if you're looking for an exceptional dog book for kids who are up for some textual (and moral) complexity, look no further. " said.

" Bastardised version of brilliant original.Avoid. " said.

" I absolutely loved this book! It was my first time reading it and it and it definitely captured my heart. I only wish now that I had read it aloud to my children while they were all still at home! " said.

"I can't imagine this book being published by anyone but NYRB. Thinking as a bookseller, this is one of those books that might struggle to find the right reader. It's not obvious to me that a lot of middle grade readers will eagerly pick up a book about shepherds and sheep dogs in 19th century England. And although the prose is clean and elegant (thanks to Lydia Davis's modernization), this book is closer to Hardy than to any of the middle grade I've seen come out in the last five (or thirty) years. Having said that, I'm comparing it to Thomas Hardy. The characters here are complex and interesting, and often frustrating in a way that makes them seem very real. I found the book gripping and beautiful, although harsh. So, if you're looking for an exceptional dog book for kids who are up for some textual (and moral) complexity, look no further. " said.

" Bastardised version of brilliant original.Avoid. " said.

" I absolutely loved this book! It was my first time reading it and it and it definitely captured my heart. I only wish now that I had read it aloud to my children while they were all still at home! " said.

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