Monday, January 16, 2017

The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book-

For fans of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom comes an offbeat, comedic spin on the Excalibur legend told from the point of view of a talking dog who wants to be a magician! 
Meet Nosewise. He’s spunky. He’s curious. And he’s a dog who can’t understand why his pack mates Merlin and Morgana spend all day practicing magic tricks. If it’s a trick they want, he’s the dog to ask! He can already Sit!, Stay!, and Roll Over!
But there’s no way Nosewise is Staying when his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped. There’s nothing Nosewise won’t do to get Merlin back, even if it means facing the strange Fae people and their magic-eating worms, or tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone. But it may take more than sniffing out a spell to do it!
Nosewise’s hilarious escapades and steadfast loyalty get him and his companions through King Arthur’s Dark Ages.

My thoughts-

I ran across this title as part of a trivia night table decor our local Friends of the Library puts on each year. This year, my club and I volunteered to decorate 10 book themed tables and one of those books was The Wizard's Dog. I hadn't heard of it prior and thought it sounded cute and thought why not check and see if it's on Netgalley and luckily it was! I thought it might be a good book from my 9 year old daughter to dive into, but I wanted to read it first to see if it was appropriate for her reading level. The book is perfect for her age group, a great middle grade fantasy book about a dog, who happens to be the Wizard Merlin's dog. Merlin's apprentice discovers a way for Nosewise to talk and that causes lots of interesting situations! I enjoyed that the book is from Nosewise's point of view and it adds some extra comedy to the narrative. There are definitely some scenes that will be giggle inducing to young children (it's about a dog, so there are lots of references to poop! haha), but it is also full of action and drama. The Wizard's Dog is a great pick for anyone who enjoys middle grade fantasy. 

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