This book was the answer to a dog-lover's prayers. As a child, my parents banned me from watching Lassie, even though the dog always survived. I still started sobbing, long before the end rolled around. Books like Old Yeller were my undoing in school and now, as a parent, I've had to struggle with my son's issues over animal's pain and suffering in the name of award-winning books. Well this book comes to the rescue. My sister and her teacher friend tracked it down for us and my son and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Based on a character, Wallace Wallace, who will not lie, it confronts the whole "Kill a dog, earn a Peabody Award" school of thought. A middle school football player, Wallace, writes a critical review of the drama teacher's "pet" book, "Old Shep, My Pal," and earns detention for it. This book also becomes a good discussion point for freedom of the press, if your child is so inclined. Korman adds plenty of humor and keeps the plot moving along. Both my son and I enjoyed it. Of course, the best part (no spoiler alert necessary) was knowing the dog didn't die.