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This week’s Furs-day Feature is A Dog Called Jack by Ivy Pembroke.
Every street should have a dog like Jack. And every abandoned dog should find a new family like the residents of Christmas Street–a group of people who just might need Jack as much as he needs them.
(Disclaimer: I believe this book was previously published under a different title, Snowflakes on Christmas Street.)
This story has everything that I love in a book, humor, great characters, and a dog (Jack). Even though it makes me sad that the dog’s family moved away without him, I love how he belongs to everyone on the street. And just like real dogs, he knows how to comfort those around him. He sleeps at Bill’s house. Bill, who is a crotchety old widower, really wants nothing to do with the neighborhood and doesn’t understand today’s society. There were many laugh out loud moments from him. One of my favorite quotes in the book is from Bill.
“…milk that came from nuts. As if nuts could produce milk. Any idiot could look at a nut and see that there was no way milk was coming out of it . The world had gone absolutely mad all around him.”
There are other great characters too. There is the gay couple, Arthur and Max, trying to adopt a baby, Sai and Emilia who are secretly dating behind their parents’ backs. Also, Pen, who blogs about the neighborhood without them knowing, and Pari who wants a dog so bad and is afraid the new boy, Teddy, is going to steal Jack from her.
Sam and Teddy have just moved to the English neighborhood from America because Teddy’s mom died and they needed a change. There are many humorous moments provided by Sam as he tries to get to know his neighbors. He hosts a BBQ and invites everyone on the street. His sister, Ellen, was my favorite character. Her banter with Sam was hilarious and I wish there had been more of her in the book.
There were too many great moments and lessons in this story to count. It was heartwarming and up lifting. I can’t wait to know more about these people and what happens next. (I just discovered there is a sequel and I can’t wait to read it.) The sequel is called, A Wedding on Christmas Street.
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