The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

Paperback - 1957 (1992 rinting)
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This is the story about a dog and his boy. The boy was the author and the dog was Mutt.

Clearly, Mutt believed that he could do better than just be a dog. Dogs weren't supposed to climb trees or ladders, but Mutt didn't care about that. And dogs weren't supposed to ride in the family's open car wearing goggles either, but Mutt liked wearing them and even knew how to adjust them with a careful paw.

Whether he was fighting off other dogs by lying on his back and bicycling in the air as hard as he could, or tangling with owls, or geese, or cows, or ducks, or even skunks, Mutt was always full of surprises.

Farley's mother originally bought Mutt as a puppy for only four cents. The adventures that Mutt brought to Farley, his mother and father and all of their friends, made him the biggest bargain of all time. His true story makes this a wonderful and very funny book for readers of all ages.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : McClelland & Stewart, 1957 (1992 printing).
ISBN: 9780771066658
0771066651
Characteristics: 238 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Galdone, Paul - Illustrator

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whitcombs2do
Aug 23, 2016

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.

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Rubicat
Jun 16, 2016

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.

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owner_ex
Jul 03, 2014

its so popular that I had to put one on hold!
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geezr_rdr Dec 05, 2013

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.

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vivmor61
Oct 10, 2009

Delightful, fun, quirky and educational ... all wrapped up in a very readable format. I loved it!

dntblnk Sep 02, 2009

How could one not laugh outloud with this book. Dog lovers all know a dog like this.

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