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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.