Monday, November 30, 2009

The Christmas Dog

In the book "The Christmas Dog" by Melody Carlson, a dirty, uncared for mutt shows up on the doorstep of Betty Kowalski's house, and completely changes her views and her Christmas!
 I generally don't enjoy the kind of 'mushy' stories that tend to come out at Christmas time, they tend to get a little 'corny'. However Carlson was able to capture the emotion in the story without taking it too far. Which meant that although the story was an emotional one, it didn't cross that line into becoming too mushy!
At times i would have liked to have seen a little more depth to some of the characters and their connection in the book, (I.e; Avery's mother, or a little more information/interaction with Jack) however that is about the only criticism i can give this book. It was well written, great story line, and it had a message that was easy to read without becoming "preachy" This is a book that I think even my Non-religious friends would enjoy!
I would totally recommend this to friends and family (Plus its short enough that i was able to read it together with my 7 yr old son, {Who loves dog stories, lol} and he really enjoyed it as well!) Would be a great family story to read through the holidays!!

*Available now at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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