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One Dog and His Boy

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,770 ratings  ·  265 reviews
All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. "Never!" cries his mother. "Think of the mess, the scratch-marks, the puddles on the floor." But on the morning of Hal's 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He's allowed to choose a puppy at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency (a fact his parents keep from him). The moment he sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he's found a friend for ...more
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Marion Lloyd
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Kate Quinn
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eva Ibbotson's books are always delightful, and her children's books are in particular a grand escape for an adult who feels a bit battered by the real world. Here we have a lonely little rich boy whose parents can't see why he's upset when the dog they've rented for one weekend just to give him "the dog experience" has to be returned. Hal refuses to accept this and takes off with the dog, along with a variety of other dogs from the shelter who are also yearning for homes. Adventures ensue, and ...more
Elen Caldecott
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
I think I may have a new favourite book. This is such an elegantly written, touching, funny story. I only wish I had written it!
Hal and Fleck seem perfect for each other; the dog and his boy spend a wonderful weekend investigating the smells and sights of the local park. But when Monday comes Hal is horrified to discover that his parents have merely hired Fleck - his dog has to go back to the rental company. The smouldering rage that Hal feels towards his parents leads him to become the reluctan
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've been reading this book with my severely disabled brother for a while now. We've been reading a chapter each day and it's been a really pleasant experience. It wasn't until recently we even knew he was interested in books but his one-to-one carer at his new day scheme said he really enjoys story time. Using this information we tested the waters, we quickly figured out the trick to funny voices, keeping him interested and bluffing your way through tongue twisters. This was his first chapter b ...more
Barb Middleton
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
Our three-year-old daughter named her favorite stuffed dog, "pee-pee." When we got a real dog we wouldn't let her name it that so she called her, "Peach." Although "pee-pee" would have been a better name. Thirteen years I scrubbed up after that darn dog and her pea-sized bladder. Argh! But I digress. Most people have dog stories and our family is no exception, so when I started this book which is about a boy named, Hal, who begs his parents for a dog, it was a walk down memory lane. And when I g ...more
Gwen the Librarian
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
The late, great Ibbotson's final novel for kids is a bit of a departure from her usual themes. It is essentially realistic fiction and is about the bond between a boy and his dog...and some other dogs.

Hal has longed for nothing in his life like he longs for a dog of his own. But his wealthy and tidy parents don't want a messy pet in the house and don't understand Hal's feelings. When Hal meets his doggy soul mate - Fleck - because his parents rent him for the weekend, he can't just let him go b
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves dogs
Shelves: young-adult, children
I loved loved loved this book!

This is the story of how beautiful it can be when the right dog is with the right people.

My favourite quotes:
'Often and often when you wanted something and then got it, it was a disappointment ... But having a dog was completely different. He'd wanted and wanted it and when it happened it was even better than he'd thought it would be. He'd imagined some of it - the companionship and the warmth - but he didn't realise a dog would make you laugh so much, or nor that h
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: boy-book, juvenile, animal
i like nice round characters that kids can recognize and learn from or gain insight from their behavior, not caricatures of people that kids can't relate to. when a character has no redeeming qualities they can be dismissed and when there are so many easily-dismissed characters, the story isn't engaging and relevant. i love this author so was disappointed by this book.
Really enjoyed this, but his negligent parents are despicable until the end! The dogs are wonderful!
Jul 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Not that good :(
Apr 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Good gravy this book was lame!
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very sweet book which I read because it will be one of my class' designated texts for the next school year. Ibbotson is a brilliant author who portrays the world without sugar-coating ridiculous adult behaviour, corruption, materialism and other things we normally don't represent to our children. The adventures of pure-hearted and simple Hal who simply doesn't fit in with his well-to-do wealthy parents, and his quest to find and keep his dog Fleck, have warmed my heart and made me giggle. As a ...more
Thảo Moon
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nói chung là ham chơi quá nên đọc sách cứ đổi qua đổi về rồi ngâm đó. Hồi xưa đọc giỏi lớn lên càng tệ lậu, mình đang tập lại thói quen tốt đó.
Quyển sách này thấy bất ngờ lắm, cũng biết tụi nó tình cảm cơ mà không nghĩ là đáng yêu đến zị.
Từ hồi chơi vs nhiều bạn thương yêu động vật làm mình cũng dần dần thay đổi ánh nhìn vs tụi nó.
Một chuyến phiêu lưu thú vị và trẻ em đã giúp người lớn nhận ra được rất nhiều điều.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a reviewer back when it was first released, and really loved it. Kate and I just finished the audiobook, which was delightful narrated!
Alekz K. (Bookupied)
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Audio book for my book club.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If there were more than five stars, I'd be on this forever!
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although not a fan of YA, this book was thrust upon me .. who am I to say No ??
A lovely, quirky read that fills the heart with hope and joy .. even making you shout out loud to some of the adults portrayed .. that being said, the ending is exactly as you would expect ..
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
All Hal Fenton ever wanted was a dog. His rich parents are never around, and in any event don’t like messes, or spontaneity, or companionship – all things he knew he could get from a dog:

"Hal didn’t mind what it looked like; it would be alive, and it would belong to him, and it would be there when his father was in Dubai and his mother was out with her friends and he was alone in the house with the maid who changed every month and was always so homesick and so sad.”

Before his tenth birthday he v
Pamela Kramer
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'One Dog and His Boy' by Eva Ibbotson is her last book for children. This extraordinary writer and winner of many awards died days before seeing the uncorrected proofs of this book. She would be proud of the final result.

All Hal wants in the world is a dog. His parents have so much money they couldn't possibly spend it all, and they shower Hal with gifts, but refuse to get a dog.

"Too smelly, too messy, and liable to scratch the furniture" are just a few of the reasons his mother gives for not al
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I finally got around to reading One Dog and HIs Boy, and it really is a delightful read.

It's so very sad that Eva Ibbotson died just a couple of days before the proof copies were ready for her to see, she is a great loss to children's literature.

The story has a strong moral feeling throughout, yet is written to appeal to children of all ages. Younger children will enjoy the adventure story and older ones should take on board what Ibbotson is trying to tell the reader; that material things are no
Beth Bonini
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not really a dog person; I say that knowing it is probably a huge flaw in my character.
And yet, I was completely charmed by this book -- which, although it is about many things, is primarily about the loyal and loving nature of dogs. The main characters in the book take a strange sort of odyssey, and the best bit of it is that a group of unique dogs all manage to find the right owner to belong to.

When I read Ibbotson's books I always feel that her character and all of her most strongly held
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Usually I'm immune to sap and sentiment and such, but this book - particularly the end of it - was a bit too fluffy. I loved the beginning, which looked to be setting up for a real adventure, but then there were all the minor characters - too many, for a book this short. By the end I didn't feel as warmly towards Hal or Pippa as I thought I would, as neither were very interesting, or perhaps because I wanted to spend more time with them. Still, the story is very nicely written, and all that.
Cupcake Girl
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in two days at my grandma's house. In the room where my sister and i sleep is a small bookshelf and every time we go I check to see if there are any new ones. This was there. Being her last book I made sure that I read it through to the end, that was easy enough. The writting was brilliant and the story is really, I can't think of a word to describe it, it was just amazing,very i want to say sweet but that's the wrong word, it was an entracing story of a boy and his dog( or a do ...more
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A lovely story, funny and heart warming. Suitable for dog lovers of all ages. I'm sure this is going to be one that I read time and time again. It was definitely worth spending a little more to get the hardback illustrated edition, as the little drawings of dogs are beautiful too.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
My 8-year old son and I did this as a read-aloud together. We both enjoyed it and it gave us a lot to talk about along the way.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
I couldn't even finish this.
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
A lovely story, even if you’re not a dog lover. It’s touching and poignant, with just the right amount of sentimentality, and yet it’s not a soft story by any means.
Milana Waller
Sep 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If here was a such thing as a knock off book, this is it. It seems like the author tried to copy classics and at the same time make it modern but the mixing didn't really work at all...
amelia forcina
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book ever

Really good.this book is really good and I would definitely recommend this is really good and nice book.great book
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Non una parola fuori posto. Un romanzo perfetto, divertente e commovente. Mrs. Ibbotson, grazie per quest'ultimo regalo.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
A really nice read.
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Eva Ibbotson (born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner) was a British novelist specializing in romance and children's fantasy.

She was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1925. When Hitler came into power, her family moved to England. She attended Bedford College, graduating in 1945; Cambridge University from 1946-47; and the University of Durham, from which she graduated with a diploma in education in 1965.
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