One Dog and His Boy

One Dog and His Boy

by Eva Ibbotson


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Eva Ibbotson's final masterpiece, a tale of a boy and dog who were meant to be together.

All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. "Never!" cries his mother. "Think of the mess, the scratch-marks, the puddles on the floor." But on the morning of Hal's 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He's allowed to choose a dog at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency (a fact his parents keep from him). The moment he sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he's found a friend for life. But no one tells Hal that Fleck must be returned. When Hal wakes up on Monday morning, Fleck is gone. If dog and boy are to stay together they'll have to run away. . . . From the renowned Eva Ibbotson comes a tale laced with humor and brimming over with heart, stunning in its beauty of the love of all things dog.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781407124247
Publisher: Marion Lloyd
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Eva was the author of twenty novels for children and adults. Her first was published in 1975, and her last is the joyous ONE DOG AND HIS BOY. Eva's books have been shortlisted for every major children’s literary prize in the UK, and JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA won the Gold Smarties Award in 2001.

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One Dog and His Boy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Jennie_103 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another beautiful book from Eva Ibbotson, I am so sad that it is her last - she finished this one just before she died in October 2010.It is quite a light read in some ways, but with very serious issues about poverty and money, as well as parenting, covered as well.
bookwren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as soon as it was published, as I love Ibbotson's works. It is all the more special being her last book. I was outraged when I read the summary about how Hal's parents rent a dog for a weekend and don't tell him. Could any parents be so cruel to a boy who's always wanted a dog? But it made for a good plot. Hal and "Fleck" are both honorable and good characters. The writing is typical Ibbotson, poking fun at the wealthy and championing the poor. I love how each of the dog's that followed Hal, Fleck, and Pippa find their true homes. This is light-hearted pleasure reading. For more depth in Ibbotson's writing, I'd recommend The Star of Kazan or Journey to the River Sea.
LinzeyJoy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down - had to read it one sitting just to get to the ending.
foggidawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One Dog and His Boy is the story of Hal, a boy who had everything he could want, except for a dog -- and Fleck, a young dog who, despite the hardships he's already faced in life, still believes that the perfect human for him is still out there somewhere. Hal is ecstatic when his parents finally agree to let him have a dog, but what he doesn't realize is that they only mean to rent a dog for a weekend, thinking that Hal will get tired of taking care of it by the time it has to be returned. Fleck has landed at the pet rental place, despite his mixed ancestry, and when Hal and Fleck see each other, they know right away that they belong together. They have a wonderful weekend together, and then Fleck is sent back to the rental shop by Hal's parents. Both Fleck and Hal are heartbroken, and when a chance encounter brings them together again, Hal knows that he will do anything to get his dog back. What follows is a cross-country adventure involving Hal, Fleck, Hal's friend Pippa, and an entire cast of canine characters.This story is sweet, funny, and whimsical, and will delight dog-lovers of all ages. Added bonus: no dogs die, which sets it apart from a lot of dog stories!
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One Dog and His Boy is a wonderful, heartwarming tale. Hal's parents are very, very rich and they buy him an enormous number of expensive toys, but all he has ever wanted is a dog, which is out of the question because of the mess. When his father finally consents to getting him a dog Hal is overjoyed -- until he discovers that he's been tricked and the dog has been returned because they got a "rental" dog. Hal is inconsolable, the dog Fleck is inconsolable, and fortunately for them, the young girl named Pippa who takes care of the dogs at the rental agency is also terribly upset. She helps him to escape with Fleck, and before you know it she and several other dogs join him as he heads for his grandparents' house by the sea. The author, Eve Ibbotson, who died just before this was published, had a charming writing style and made her characters lifelike and special. The message that relationships matter much more than money was skillfully told. I enjoyed this book thoroughly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Id give it six stars if i could!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good to see the point of view from everyone to include the dogs. The friendship between dogs and people. Plus what kids would go through to do the right thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago