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My Dog Skip

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,119 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Now a major motion picture form Warner Brothers, starring Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson, Frankie Muniz, and "Eddie" from the TV show Frasier (as Skip), and produced by Mark Johnson (Rain Man).

In 1943 in a sleepy town on the banks of the Yazoo River, a boy fell in love with a puppy with a lively gait and an intellingent way of listening.The two grew up together havin
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 30th 1996 by Vintage (first published 1995)
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Carolyn Wada
I'm not sure why this book is shelved as juvenile fiction in my local library. It reads like a memoir aimed at readers who are also looking back on childhood over a space of some years. It is not plot-driven: if I were to say, "boy gets dog; then they do this; then they do that; then they see this . . . " it wouldn't spoil anything. It also wouldn't accurately describe the book. The book is a reflection of a life grown up in the Deep South, during World War II and its aftermath, with a constant ...more
Rose
What a dear little book. So well written & so touching. I felt as though I had a grandfather telling me the story about his beloved dog Skip & their adventures growing up together, his voice a soothing symphony in my ear through out. That's how sweet & charming this little book is. It takes you back to a simpler time, an almost organic time in history. When summer meant swimming in the town's lake, playing baseball with the neighborhood kids, & paying a nickel to watch the Saturd ...more
cliffisimus
Nov 04, 2013 cliffisimus rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children
This slim volume is really just a collection of anecdotes to reminisce and pay tribute to the memory of a beloved family dog. A few snapshots of the old Skip would have contributed to the realism of the story and the believability that a talented fox terrier once existed. We'll just have to take the biographer's word on it. The movie adaptation doesn't really support this because Skip becomes a Jack Russell terrier in his cinematic version. I guess pictures of the real Skip wouldn't have helped ...more
Clarinda Dodson
This was originally written on my blog in July 2007.

I was inspired to read this book after watching the movie, My Dog Skip. The movie was a sad story about a boy and his dog. Willie was a lonely boys with no friends, so his Mom bought him a puppy for his 9th birthday, in the hopes that he would become his best friend. It worked, of course, and Willie and Skip became inseparable!

The book, however, tells quite a different story! The book, by the way, is a true story while the movie is merely based
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Carol
Willie Morris remembers how, when he was nine years old, a puppy he called Skip came into his life. Skip became his canine constant companion and his memories of their adventures fill this book with a series of mental images that can get you laughing, cringing, smiling, shaking your head and occasionally amazed at the duo's audacity. It's not a series of stories as much as memories - no need to detract from the subject while other details. And it works so well.

The fact that they lived in a small
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Lis Carey
This is a sweet, gentle memoir of a boy and his dog, growing up in 1940s rural Mississippi. Willie's parents get a fox terrier puppy when Willie is nine, and Willie and Skip quickly become best friends. In an earlier time and in a small town where everyone knows everyone, they're free to roam all day during the summer months, with friends and on their own, having adventures and playing pranks that sixty years later, would not be tolerated.

There is no plot here. There isn't supposed to be a plot.
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Laura
I had insomnia. I'd just finished Cold Days; I needed something more soothing, something relaxing. This book wasn't it.

It was a thin book so I thought it would be an easy read. The vocabulary level was higher than I anticipated.

It was a book about a Southern childhood. I thought it would be soothing. I hadn't realized it would suck me in like To Kill a Mockingbird.

I ended up staying up to finish reading. Then I ended up staying up to cry.

My insomnia was not cured by this book. I wonder if my stu
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Julie
May 19, 2008 Julie added it
Thoroughly enjoyed this little book. It transported me right away to a more simple, laid back time and was sweetly descriptive without being treacly.
Austin Stupski
My Dog Skip

I thought the book was pretty good. My Dog Skip is a memoir about the author and his dog, Skip. In the beginning they did not know each other that well. Soon the both of them will be the best of friends. Skip goes on a lot of adventures. A funny part was when Willie let Skip drive his car or at least it probably looked like it to everyone else. The end was pretty good it really got your heart pumping. I would rate it four out five stares. I would recommend this book to people who love
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Megan A
The novel of my book is called My Dog Skip by Willie Morris. This book relates to a little bit of a book that I have read in the past called Flicka. Flicka is a horse and the horse got taken away from her owners. But for Skip, the dog in the book dies. Both of the animals went away for a while. The two main characters in the novel would be Skip, his real name was Skipper but for short, people called him Skip. His owner was in the 3rd grade at 9 years old and met his best friend for the first tim ...more
Jo Sorrell
This book is slow paced but fun. It takes place in Yazoo, Mississipp a small laid back little town. Willie is 9 years old when he gets Skip. It was a little mixed up at times because it seems the author skips around in his adventures rather than moving from age 9 to adult hood. You may stumble over the rich vocabulary but understanding the unfamiliar words is not crucial to understanding and enjoying the story. It starts in the 40's when America is involved in WWII and you get a real insight int ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Dec 02, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Ultimate Reading List - Science
The people who love this book--and lots and lots do--I'm practically unique in failing to be charmed--call this "sweet" and "charming." It's about a dog, Skip, who Willie Morris got as a gift at nine-years-old in 1943. And more than that, it's about his life growing up with his dog in Mississippi. I guess I kept waiting for a plot to show up. But this isn't To Kill a Mockingbird. Or Sounder. Or anything I could find that resembled a plot. I think this is too... gentle a story for the likes of me ...more
Jessica
Dec 09, 2011 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Animal Lovers
Shelves: memoir
Spoiler alert! Skip dies! Well, of course, he does, but it's the precocious life he leads prior to dying that is so endearing. Skip won't eat dog food, but will go to the butcher on his own for bologna. He accompanies Willie on the bus to Jackson to visit his grandparents, and on explorations through local forests where he battles copperhead snakes. In short, he becomes a four legged sibling for an only child. The book takes place in Mississippi (or was it Alabama...?!) from 1943 to the mid-50's ...more
Monicagonzo
This book takes me back to when I was a child. A boy and his dog and the adventures that they had together, brought back memories of my own childhood as I read this book. Pretty good and not too long.
Laura
What a neat little book. I was given it months ago when our dog died, and just picked it up the other day out of curiosity (plus thought it would be perfect for a boring morning at the doctor's office). Willie Morris is such an evocative writer, really bringing to life the quiet, lovely 1930s Mississippi town he, and his delightful dog Skip, grew up in. So many funny vignettes and memories of the weird people and low-key events of the time. I was able to read it in a few hours, and was glad I di ...more
jk
very good very sad ending

Very short too finnished it in 3 nights. I also can't belive he remembered this stuff from when he was a kid.


Muriel
This was a sweet story of "boy and dog." I especially liked that though Skip was a pretty amazing dog, he wasn't always perfect--had his moments.
Rich
Apr 12, 2009 Rich rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
This is hands down the best book I read in all of 2008. (I write a monthly book colum for a small A&E paper, so I read a lot.)

Morris' memoir of a boy and his dog is so much more than just a boy growing up. It is a slice of life taken from the south during the Great Depression, and the days of World War II. It's full of life and humor.

What makes this such a great memoir is its honesty. When the inevitible ending comes the tears are real, drawn from a love of the teller of the story and his
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Olivia Shorter
This book was a great memoir. It was incredibly written and had a tearful ending. I can't wait to watch the movie adaptation.
Scott D.
This was a challenging book for my 9-year old daughter, but she loved it, and I did too. Morris uses a large vocabulary, so there was lots of asking what words mean and looking stuff up.

I'd call it a cross between Bradbury (for his reverence for childhood and his poetic descriptiveness) and the movie "Sandlot" (for it's enthusiastic portrayal of boyhood). The dog Skip is always present as a companion to a boy as he grows up, but the book was not just about the dog. It was about growing up in Mis
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Pietro
This is a book about a man and his life as a child with his dog. This relationship that they have is very special. Throughout the book you experince many adventures that he and Skip go on. This book is set during world war two, in a country house out in the suburbs. They have a forest very close to their house, this is where most of their adventures take place. I personally didn't enjoy reading this book because I thought it was pointless reading about a guy and his dog, when I always wanted a d ...more
Lori Creasey
From the moment I started this book, I fell in love with the relationship that the young boy had with his puppy, Skip. The story takes you through the growing years in a small Mississippi town, where kids still ride around on bicycles and and lick ice cream cones on hot summer days. Skip becomes part of the community and is allowed into people-only events because he is more like a person than a dog. He is the all-time ally of an only child, but becomes best friends with all of his childhood frie ...more
Lilian
This book was mentioned in My Cat Skip McGee while I was still reading it. I told myself, that's another for my to-read list. Then I visited the book store, and what should I find but this book. Talk about coincidence. I had to read and finish this first, just because Mr Morris wrote it before My Cat Skip McGee.

It is a really touching memoir, not only about his adventures with Skip but with small town life in Middle America in the 1950s as well. Reading this made me miss our family dogs, too. A
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Marissa Vanwingen
I feel like there was so much left unsaid with this book. Just short paragraphs about what seemed like epic adventures with his dog, Skip. I wanted more.
Ruth Dean
It was reminiscent of my childhood when life was simple and not so scary.
Lincoln Dall
This short book is a delightful read, very much a slice of life from a very particular place & time. I live in Yazoo City and serve here as the parish priest. I have seen many of the places that Morris describes, including the cemetery where the infamous Witch of Yazoo City is buried. It seems to very much reflect the culture and small-town atmosphere of this place. I have only lived here since October of 2001, but can attest that the people are very warm & good-hearted & welcoming. ...more
Nancy
Aug 06, 2014 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any dog lover
Possibly best book I ever read!
John Acy Reinhart
Must read for dog people.
Misssassykassie
Whenever there's a dog on the cover we know the ending
Tiffany
This book is the story of Willie Morris' childhood companion, a dog named Skip. Willie recounts his adolescent years and all the fond memories of his dog and friends as they grew up together in small town Mississippi. The story is heartwarming and the author paints a very clear picture of all the shenanigans, good times and bad that he and his dog had together over the years. I liked this book; but I think a male reader would appreciate the bond between a boy and his dog more than I can.
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William Weaks "Willie" Morris (November 29, 1934 — August 2, 1999), was an American writer and editor born in Jackson, Mississippi, though his family later moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, which he immortalized in his works of prose. Morris' trademark was his lyrical prose style and reflections on the American South, particularly the Mississippi Delta. In 1967 he became the youngest editor of Har ...more
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