The Wizard's Dog Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-23 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 18 user ratings

" Not one to read any kind of dog story, but I have to say I enjoyed this very much. Would be good for 4th-5th graders. " said.

" I loved this spin on the Arthurian legend. This is a perfect book for fantasy lovers in grades 3 and up. It also serves as a fun introduction to King Arthur. " said.

" oh I loved this book. This was quite a different take on one of my favorite stories. " said.

" This is a retelling of the Legend of Arthur: Sword in the Stone adding a Talking Dog that is capable of Magick!It was funny, light & entertaining. The story was so compelling that I stayed up all night to read it!The Good, the Evil, & the Wondrous all in one book! " said.

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THE WIZARD’S DOG is a fun fantasy romp full of magic and adventure. It’s narrated by Nosewise the dog, who has an excellent nose and a talent for magic. When I was younger, I loved books written from the perspectives of animals, and Nosewise rekindled that love.

Nosewise is curious as to why Merlin and Morgana spend all day in the study. He picked up his tricks quickly enough, why do they need so much more practice? When Nosewise learns some magic of his own, he’s the only one capable of rescuing Merlin after the wizard is kidnapped. So he sets off on the adventure of a lifetime, aided by his capable nose and brain.

THE WIZARD’S DOG is, as I said above, a fun book. Nosewise’s observations about humans are amusing, his travels are quite the adventure and learning experience, and he gets in and out of trouble like, well, a dog. I liked that the author kept Nosewise a dog -- sure, he’s smart, but he can’t see all colors and he thinks poo is great. He’s loyal to the humans that deserve it; there’s even a little about animal abuse mentioned.

I do wish the Nosewise on the cover looked less silly, because my younger self might have passed this book up because of his comical appearance. Yeah, he’s funny, but he and this story are more than that.

THE WIZARD’S DOG is an enjoyable, unique take on Merlin, Arthur, and the Sword in the Stone, starring one very special dog. I know this is a standalone, but I gotta say, I’d like to see more of Nosewise!


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration; this did not influence my review in any way.

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Filled with descriptive similes and personifications, A Wizard’s Dog is a creative introduction to classical literary figures like Merlin, Morgana, Arthur (circa Sword from the Stone/Excalibur), all from Nosewise’s (that cute pooch on the cover!) POV.
Nosewise is an extraordinary dog in a typical canine way. So kudos to the author for getting into a dog’s head and explaining why humans are strange beings and why Nosewise is smarter than us. He debated the simple confusion about “stranger danger” and how some strangers are harmless and good, a topic that parents reading to or with children can discuss in more depth.
Nosewise is our hero, but he is not thrusted into the role because of a prophecy or devine intervention. He simply wants his master to return and resume life as his best friend (and feed him, probably!)
Although I am a cat person by life’s funny coincidences (no pooper scooper needed, walks in inclement weather, dirty paws to clean off the floors), I indulged in this delightful retelling.
Listening to the author’s note at the end - where he also feels dogs are above felines (who can clean themselves) was worth losing a star, but my cats rolled their eyes and giggled at the delusion, so I allowed the rating to remain.
Graham Halstead, narrator, like Nosewise, was extraordinary. His voice talents surpassed my expectations and was comparable to the voices of our icons from when I was the Made for TV movie Merlin (which I have on DVD and still love, nearly 2 decades later.) It was easy to know who was speaking during my constant pauses while I listened and tended to real life.
A highly recommended family friendly book. Excellent story telling, fascinating characters (cheer the heroes and boo the villains), easy to follow plots, and creative world building for those new or familiar with the medieval setting. A Wizard’s Dog was thoroughly edited and stands as a proud accomplishment for author Eric Kahn Gale.
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" The time of King Arthur, from a dog's point of view? Sign me up! This book was silly, humorous, and heartwarming. Nosewise is my kind of dog! Fabulous story! " said.

" The audiobook voice work was done brilliantly, fun story, very clever. " said.

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