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One Dog and His Boy [Audio CD]

Eva Ibbotson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471200728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471200724
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,113,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Eva Ibbotson is one of the best-loved children's writers in the world.

Her first children's novel was published in 1975, and her most famous story, JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA, won the Smarties Gold Prize in 2001.

Her books have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and many other literary awards.

Eva died at the age of 85 in 2010

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Hal's parents refuse to consider a dog. Then they discover Easy Pets, a dog-rental agency. Terrier Fleck arrives on Hal's birthday, but when Hal discovers that his dog must be returned, he runs away. A large reward is offered for the missing boy, and soon they are being chased across the country. Helped by a travelling circus and sympathetic children from an orphanage, they race for their freedom.

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Dog and His Boy 26 April 2011
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER
I have a confession to make: before reading One Dog and His Boy I hadn't read, and didn't own, a single book by Eva Ibbotson. Her books have honestly never appealed to me, and it was only because I was sent a proof copy of this for review that I ever thought of picking it up. I'm not usually one for stories about animals (I only really like cats), so this was right out of my comfort zone. However, I'm really, really glad I read it, and I see now why Eva Ibbotson is one of Britain's most-loved children's authors. Sadly she passed away last year, and One Dog and His Boy was the last book she completed. She certainly went out in style, that's for sure.

One Dog and His Boy is such a lovely book, and is very near perfect. I can see readers of all ages falling in love with Hal and Fleck, just like I did, and it's all because of the writing and uplifting story. Basically, Hal has always wanted a dog, but his too-busy, too-house-proud parents won't ever let him have one. So they do the unthinkable: they hire Fleck for a weekend, and then return him. Hal is absolutely heartbroken, and sets off to get Fleck back from the Easy Pets dog rental business. They're accompanied by a girl called Pippa and four other dogs: Otto, Honey, Francine and Li-Chee.

What follows is a story of determination, love and the everlasting bond between one dog and his boy. Each dog has their own story, and each is resolved at the end. That was actually my favourite part of the book, and I'll admit it left me a bit choked up. I got to the end and just wanted to turn back to the beginning and read it again, just so I could stay with these characters - both human and canine - for a little longer. I even liked the two nasty hellhounds, Darth and Terminator, who try and chase our heroic group across a field.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Book 8 May 2011
By J.
Eva Ibbotson's last novel, One Dog and His Boy, is one that perfectly fits into the 'modern classics' category. Written beautifully with her target audience in mind, this book is not just for children who wish for a dog themselves, but for any child who likes animal adventure stories.

It's the story of Hal, who has everything a boy could wish for, but no one to really love him. When his parents rent him a dog for his birthday, they think that he'll tire of having to look after it, so won't mind having to give it back. They couldn't have been more wrong! Hal and Fleck form a really strong bond which leads to a brilliant adventure (involving many more dogs).

If you are looking for something to read aloud to children of various ages, this book is perfect. If you like stories by Michael Morpurgo, Jeremy Strong and Roddy Doyle, this might be for you. I'd recommend you buy the beautifully illustrated hardback, it's one of these books to read again and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting final work 24 Aug 2011
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My children and I have loved Eva Ibbotson's work ever since we came across the sublime "Journey to the River Sea" many years ago. We especially love her more 'serious' lyrical works, although the comedic novels are also a joy.

Eva was clearly an author who was determined not to get stuck in a rut, and was always prepared to take on new challenges and new styles.

Even here, in what is (sadly) the last book before she died, she takes a new direction. I wouldn't quite call it "Eva Ibbotson meets Jacqueline Wilson", but there is something of that about it. Thankfully, she steers clear of the more direct manipulation of the reader which often characterises Jacqueline Wilson, but still manages to produce a book that more directly engages with one's emotions than her previous works.

In some ways, the book follows some very standard paths, with classic "wish fulfilment" elements which you will find in everything from Roald Dahl to Harry Potter. But there are also enough unexpected twists and turns to keep the story unpredictable and engaging to the end.

And, as always, the book is beautifully written, as befits an author who loved the joy of language and the craft of storytelling to the very end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eva Ibbotson's last book.... 9 May 2011
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This is just the kind of children's book that makes reading worthwhile. A real adventure, involving runaways, circuses, and some grownups who are not as likeable as they should be. Hal is a little boy with rich parents. His father is always away on business, and his mother is too too clean and hygenic, and loves shopping. For both of them there is really little room in their lives for their son. Everything is OK as long as he doesn't make the house untidy, and appreciates all the money they spend on presents for him. But he only wants one thing - a dog. And eventually, to keep him quiet, his parents rent a "Tottenham Terrier" for the weekend presuming that, like all children, he will soon tire of the dog. But of course, Hal and Fleck are made for each other, and when he has to go back to the rental shop, they are both distraught. By a fluke, fate arranges a breakout at the shop and the adventure begins!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I ever wanted was a dog 9 Jun 2011
By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER
After seeing all the glowing reviews about One Dog and his Boy, I couldn't resist choosing this book from the library bookshelf.
Hal Fenton is desperate for a dog and was desperately disappointed to not receive one for his birthday. Mr Fenton's idea of hiring a dog for the weekend, thinking that Hal will be tired of it by the end of it, doesn't quite work out, especially when Hal discovers the nasty trick his parents have played on him.
Hal decides to take matter in to his own hands, and an exciting doggy adventure takes place.
The special bond between Hal and Fleck the dog, is captured just perfect in this book, and Hal's determination to keep that bond, teaches his parents a lesson or two.
This is such a lovely book and made for sharing. The dog illustrations by Sharon Rentta add wonderful vivid detail throughout the story. I like the fact that the illustrations are so good, that any unused drawings were too good to leave out and are enclosed at the back of the book. This is a wonderful read from start to finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars lovely story
Lovely book, nicely written, funny and poignant at the same time.
Published 4 days ago by MR
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Published 13 days ago by mrs.barbara j chope
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
lovely heart warming story for children and adults. Character's are well thought out and your rooting for them all the way to the end of the book.
Published 26 days ago by Sewandsew
5.0 out of 5 stars My 9-yr old loved it.
Really enjoyable. My 9-yr old loved it.
Published 1 month ago by N. ZAKER
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure
All Hal has ever wanted is a dog, a loyal companion to keep him company and to love. Hal’s life is really rather lonely. His parents are rich, busy people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Bookette
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever
This is the best book ever once reading it you will never want to read another book again. AB aged 8
Published 1 month ago by Baddleys
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
A great read, I enjoyed it. It's touching how Eva Ibbotson described the wonderful relationship between the dog and the boy and how they would do practicaly everything to be... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Your Self A Favour And Read This Book
For those contemplating whether this book is worth your time, I can tell you right now it is. I don't care how old you are, how confident you are, or whether you even like dogs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars by one of my favourite authors.
A fabulous book , by one of my favourite authors.
Published 2 months ago by Ms. N. James
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A really good read, it was a great story line, fun, enjoyable, perfect for holiday reading.
I would recommend it to anyone over 9 years old.
Published 3 months ago by Robbie
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