A Dog of My Own

Children - Animals
99 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2017
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Author Biography

Richard Clark has written eight middle grade chapter books, one of which, My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent, has been on the Amazon and iBooks kids books best-seller lists for over three years with over 100,000 downloads.

Richard has worked extensively as a screenwriter and story editor, both in Toronto and Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA and AFI, his credits include writing or story-editing over 150 produced TV scripts for shows broadcast on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, BBC, Netflix, CBC, CTV and many other domestic and foreign networks. He’s also developed shows for many production companies, written four TV movies for Showtime Networks, optioned several feature screenplays in Los Angeles, and worked as a director and editor. In 2010 he was nominated for both a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award, and in 2012 another WGC award.

In addition, Richard has taught screenwriting at Humber College and Sheridan College in Toronto, and he wrote Scratch & Sniff, an interactive book app for kids.

Richard lives in Toronto with his wife and their 12-year-old twins… and he’s lived to tell the tale.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

A Dog of My Own by Richard Clark is an adorable story of a eleven-year-old boy who loves dogs. Jonas Ridley loves to play with dogs and, being an only child, he is always on the lookout to have a dog as his friend. All dogs seemed happy to be with him. Jonas’s parents feel bad that they have to always tell him that he cannot have a dog of his own. One Christmas, Jonas gets to rent a dog for two weeks. The dog he gets is not just any dog, but Rascal, the famous dog of Canine Commando, Jonas’s favorite movie. He is happy to have Rascal with him, but Jonas knows it is not going to last forever.

The story blends heartwarming moments and action beautifully in a way that will make children of any age enjoy the book. Jonas Ridley’s character is real and relatable and his love for dogs is tangible. It is definitely a story for all dog lovers of any age group. All the characters in the story have been sketched well and they are memorable. The author makes the scenes vivid with his detailed narration, which is helpful in taking readers right into the story and giving them the feeling of ‘being there’. I could connect well with the feelings of Jonas and also what his parents feel about getting Jonas a dog. It is a story of friendship and unconditional love between dogs and humans, and will leave everyone with a feeling of wanting to own a dog.


Great book love it and relatable