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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Anyone whose child is just a bit too young for Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series, or who is looking for another spy story should buy this. It is really funny, well-written and gripping, with an awareness of evil that makes the jokes sharper.
Tim is a lonely latch-key boy whose parents are too busy getting rich to play with him or allow him a pet or a sibling. Consequently, he spends all his free time playing computer games. One day, he finds a small black-and white dog, Grk, which escaped when his owners the Stanlislavian ambassador's family, got arrested by henchmen of the vile dictator, Colonel Zinfandel. Despite punishments and admonitions, Tim not only feed the forlorn Grk but becomes determined to return him to his rightful owners - even though they are thousands of miles away, imprisoned for life as traitors in a grim high-security prison.
How Tim manages this is related with great charm and wit. Like Eric Linklater's classic, The Wind on the Moon, it simmers with anger at the way bullies torture and hurt the innocent. Max and Natascha's parents are murdered, and although the three children and Grk escape to safety this is a bold stroke which succeeds even if you never quite believe a child could fly a helicopter after playing a computer simulation game. Perfect for 7-10 year olds, although you'd probably best avoid it if they want a dog, because Grk is so thoroughly adorable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2006
A fantastic book. I gave this book to my 10 year old son and he loved it. It is a story about a boy called Timothy Malt who finds a dog, and gets involved in a fantastic adventure. The book is brilliantly written, gripping the reader from start to finish. The story is charming, witty and serious in equal measures, but always thoroughly entertaining. The book is 230 pages long so kids dont get bogged down with it, an exellent book to read before moving on to longer Harry Potter or Alex Rider type books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2008
At first I hated reading, but since I've read this series (after my Grandad bought me the first two books) its like I'm a born again reader.There are two main characters- Tim (a boy), and Grk (a dog). Tim is a very good thinker but Grk usually does most of the thinking.The story starts in Stanislavia- a small country near Russia."Grk" means very brave, very generous, and a little bit foolish all at the same time, in the Stanislavian language. Tim never gives up, no matter how bad the situation is. The imagination and excitement in the story are incredible.The story takes you traveling around the world and you can learn alot from it. You don't need planes or tickets all you need is a Grk book!
People say an age range of 7-10 for these books but I say 0-1000! (I'm 11)
Warning:you cannot put this book down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2013
I'm not sure how we missed this series previously. I just bought the whole series for my 8 year old son - who is an inveterate reader but who particularly likes finding whole series to read. Admittedly he's read Alex Rider already but I wish we'd found this first. It's a great introduction to the spy genre and very age appropriate. It's completely implausible - but great fun. The stories are fast paced and well written. The characters are interesting and all of them are a little quirky. My son was hooked - and now my 10 year old daughter has read and loved them too....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2010
I really liked A Dog Called Grk as Tim goes on an adventure to a foreign country called Stanislavia to return a dog called Grk to it's owners, Max, and Natascha. The only thing that Tim does not know is that Grk's owners are in a high security prison and he has to break into it, make a nail-biting run for the border,drive a Taxi to the Airport, get a lift on a plane without anyone noticing and walk to Tim's house and persuade his parents to let Max and Natascha in the house. CAN HE DO IT???
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on 10 November 2011
Grk is an amazing book where this boy called Tim (Timothy Malt) goes on a big adventure.My favourite character is Colonel Zinfandel cos it's the name of a wine.
This is Joshua Dorder's first book (his real name is Josh Lacey)
I would recomend this book to people who like adventure books and people who like dogs.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2005
Schoolboy Timothy Malt finds a stray dog abandoned outside his house, but his parents refuse to let him keep it. The adorable animal turns out to be Grk, the much loved pet of the daughter of the ex-ambassador of Stanislavia (an Eastern European country). Grk was left behind when the family were arrested and forced to return to their country. Tim is determined to return the dog to its rightful owners. He wakes up at 4:00 a.m., takes a taxi to the airport, flies first class to Stansilavia, breaks into a jailhouse, pilots a helicopter and makes a tension filled run to the border with Grk and the rightful owner. Read the book to find out how he does all this.
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on 7 November 2013
Our son loves Joshua Doder books. Now he is 8 years old and can read them by himself but he started liking them with 6 years!
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on 22 September 2015
My 8 year old LOVES this series.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2008
Yes, there's adventure. Yes, it's reflective of our times. But its arch tone, and patronizing adult commentary make this a poor choice in the adventure/treachery/spy books for the 7-10 age group. Grk is, contrary to some reviews, is nondescript rather than adorable and his owner Timothy (Tim) Malt needs a whole lot of fleshing out to make him an appealing and empathetic character.
If you want the same kind of non-stop action along with sympathetic characters share Eva Ibbotson with your kids, and if she's too British in her sensibilities for you, try Wendelin Van Draanen and "Shredderman".
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