Marley: A Dog Like No Other (Movie Tie-in Edition) by John Grogan

Marley: A Dog Like No Other (Movie Tie-in Edition)
John Grogan
HarperEntertainment (2008)
ISBN 9780061686085
Reviewed by Avery Largent (age 9) for Reader Views (11/08)

“Marley: A Dog Like No Other” by John Grogan is a true story about a very wild dog that does many insane and odd things.  This book is very enjoyable; it’s funny and a quick-read. I felt like I really got to see Marley’s personality, and by the end, I felt like I had really gotten attached to him.

This book was funny and mostly easy to read.  There are jokes at the dog’s crazy antics, insane things the dog does that you couldn’t help but laugh at.  At one point, it showed something funny the dog had learned.  If the owner shouted “INCOMING!,” the dog would throw itself on the ground, legs widely splayed! Also there was a story told about him going to DogBeach, and what trouble he got into there!  I had a fit of laughter as I read that one.  However, at a few points, it was harder to read because the scenes would become a blur.  I think this was caused because each chapter is a story, and sometimes the scenes would switch so fast you would be left confused.

Through these hilarious stories, this book really lets you see the dog’s personality.  After reading it, I knew what would happen if Marley moved into our house and how he would react to our family.  I even know what would happen if a thunderstorm came and what types of dogs he liked.  Also, there are pictures in the middle of the book that are not only funny, but let you know the dog a little better.  One showed him darting around the house as a puppy after grabbing his water bowl and splashing all over the house.  Others showed when he dove into the pool and when he was at the beach, all showing a bit his personality and funny things he would do. I also got to know the owner pretty well; I could see he had faith in the dog.  Even when Marley did crazy things, even when it seemed the rest of his family might be ready to get rid of him, he kept him.

All in all, “Marley: A Dog Like No Other” by John Grogan is a very good book.  It is humorous and easy to read, despite a few scenes that switch rather fast. I really liked how much you got to see the dog’s personality and the owner’s faith in the dog. I would recommend this book to my friends, and hope they enjoy it just as much as I did.

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