The idea is simple, an owner has taught his dog to text and they exchange texts on smart phones (so you can see the messages going back and forth). It is a simple idea but some of the texts are hysterical, combining the voice of an exasperated and slightly out of his depth owner with the voice of a cocky dog that thinks he is the top dog in his household. Some of the texts are familiar as they have already been online, but some of the others are new and were a wonderful new discovery. The author has a talent for real humour and has obviously spent time with real dogs with attitude, and possibly a teenager or two, and has developed a wonderful "voice" for the dog and owner.
The language is pretty okay, but there are some text cuss terms that may not be suitable for translation for younger readers, but chances are they already know the terms anyway. The pre-teen in our house loved the texts I read out for him, so the humour does translate to younger readers but you may just want to censor the odd page or two because of the slightly more mature content. Loads of fun and hopefully there will be other books in the series.
If you like this book then try these other internet to books:
- Simon's cat by Simon Tofield
- Simon's cat: Beyond the fence by Simon Tofield
- How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you by Matthew Inman
- Unshelved by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum
- What would Dewey do?: An Unshelved collection by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum
Reviewed by Brilla