5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Fascinating Tale,
This review is from: Soldier Dog (Paperback)
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I have been trying to decide what star rating to give this book. Before even reading this I just thought this is obviously a cash-in on the success of War Horse, and whilst reading this I did notice obvious faults. Being an adult and not a child I do know that you wouldn't see the soldiers all merrily popping their heads above the trenches, and some of the things mentioned in letters in this would surely have been censored out. Obviously as a child these things and other small problems wouldn't be noticed and even as an adult I know I am just being picky and looking for historical verisimilitude.
The story itself is about a boy who runs away from home and his father - due to circumstances shown in the first part of this novel. Joining the army in 1918 and becoming a messenger dog-handler, he is under-age and shouldn't be at the Front. Forgetting about the faults in this tale the story itself is very well written, and you are drawn in. Telling the story of dogs in the First World War is a good thing, as people don't seem to realise what an important part they played, not only were they used for messages as in this story, but they were also important in triage for the Medical Corps.
Children should love this tale, and adults will surely enjoy it as well, but be warned, if your child hasn't got a dog, they may want one after reading this.