Tuesday, January 5, 2010

On the Twelveth Day of Christmas: The Christmas Dog

Title: The Christmas Dog
Author: Melody Carson
Christmas Cheer Rating: 4

I started this challenge with a book by Melody Carlson and I'm ending with another book of hers. Thankfully, I enjoyed this book a lot better than I did the first one. I guess this is why you shouldn't give up on an author because of one bad book.

The Christmas Dog is the story of Betty Kowalski, who has become quite cranky in her old age. She particularly doesn't like her new neighbor Jack Jones. She is ready to take drastic measures when a scroungy mutt and her granddaughter arrive just before Christmas. Betty learns a valuable Christmas lesson from the two abandoned souls and her ornery neighbors.

This book starts a little slow, but it picks up towards the middle, the reason I didn't give it a 5 rating. Even in such a short book, I connected with all the characters. I loved Avery and Jack. I also liked the way Carlson included the message of judging people by what they seemed. It added a nice layer to the story. This story is more on the caliber that I expected from Carlson.

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