A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose #1)
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?
Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray
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When the book came out it…moreActually, Corynn it is interesting that you should ask; I just looked all this up because someone else was asking about it.
When the book came out it was a recipient of Library Journal's coveted "starred review," and it has since been added to the class curriculum in elementary, jr. high and high schoosl all over the US. I know if you go to the website, www.adogspurpose.com or click on "contact us," the teaching guide is actually free, too.
I think it is definitely appropriate to for 5th and 6th graders, personally I think the lesson is really great for kids that age and I know the easily-readable page-turning style of W. Bruce Cameron would really get me into reading at that age! (less)
This book was one of the top five "Best Fiction" in the 2010 Goodreads Awards! It came in at number 4, beating out Jonathon Franzen's Freedom, which got a lot of hype. I'm so psyched that so many people agreed with me that this book was the best novel of 2010!
UPDATE TO MY REVIEW BELOW! I JUST FOUND OUT ON FACEBOOK THAT THIS BOOK IS NOMINATED FOR THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD OF 2010!!!! I hope all the people here who have loved it as much as I did will vote and it wins!
I got an...more
And I just want to say to Toby, Bailey, Ellie & Buddy – Good Dog!
I usually try not to look too much at the synopsis of a book before reading it because I like not knowing what to expect so when Toby was reincarnated into Bailey, I was pretty s...more
Three Words, July 6, 2010
By John C. McDonnell
This review is from: A Dog's Purpose (Hardcover)
I received a publisher's advance copy of W. Bruce Cameron's first novel, "A Dog's Purpose". In a word? Magnificent. OK, two words. Brilliant. Actually three. Soul.
Bruce Cameron has brought forth a magnificent, touching piece of a soul's journey through life in search of purpose and meaning. At times hilarious and yet other times heart breaking, Bruce brilliantly weaves a story of a dog and its quest th...more
Put in the context of what is going on in my life right now, I was just waiting for A Dog’s Purpose. My son and his wife had to have their 15-year-old golden retriever put to sleep after a long and full life, a short time ago. Even t...more
While cute and mildly entertaining, this novel is, at best, an easy-to-read, mediocre tale about this dog's lives, and his favorite owner. I just don't get the hype over it. Editorial reviews call this a tear-jerker. It tried, but failed to really pull at my heartstrings, and I am a...more
I cried (several times), but Bailey and his story were so worth it. Cameron tells the story of Bailey (aka Toby, Ellie, Bear, and Buddy) and his different lives as a dog. In each new life, Bailey is searching for his purpose. The story is told from Bailey's point of view, which was the only way these stories could have been told. While Bailey isn't as intelligent as his h...more
In other words, this isn't a talking dog as in "The A...more
I gave it to my wife after that and she flipped for it. I have a sneaking suspicion that quite a few people in our family will be getting this one as a Chr...more
I was wrong. I sat down with the book last nigh...more
This book is beautiful. It is so very different from any dog book I have ever read. I wanted to finish it before I brought my new rescue dog home and I did. I hope it helps me with his transition.
I loved this book..........I will re-read it again for sure.
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book. I'm not ashamed to say this book made me cry. Well, maybe a little bit ashamed--I don't cry easily. But it's not a tearjerker: it's very real, very fair, very believable. It's just that it all comes together in a way that makes you happy and sad at the same time and so very very much in love with your dog (if you're lucky en...more
You know we like her as a person. She's great craic, really, and the fact that she's fond of dogs is more apparent than ever.
But, sweet Jaysus, we're not fifteen years old, son, and we're not all girls in this book club. A dog's purpose? It's to have a soft mouth and retrieve the feckin' birds without eating them.
Following a dog's...what, its soul? Through multiple incarnations where the beast experiences the good and bad that h...more
What’s not to love about an animal who will sit in your living room all day long, waiting for you to get home, and even if you need to work late and then stop for a stress-relieving beverage on your way home, when you unlock that front door, is absolutely overjoyed to see you? How could yo...more