If you know anything about me you know I LOVE dogs. I especially love books with talking dogs. Who hasn’t ever looked into their beloved pooch’s eyes and wondered what they were thinking? I can tell by looking at my own Bailey that he loves me but I would love to hear his thoughts.
I’m sure that Christopher Holt heard my plea and that’s why he wrote The Last Dogs series for me.
And oh how I have enjoyed the series. Here’s a bit about it:
When all the humans in his world disappear, Max, a yellow Labrador Retriever, begins the search for his family. He knows that if he can just find Madame Curie, a wise, old black Lab, she’ll be able to help. Madame had a premonition of astonishing events to come — she might know where Max’s family is.
But Max can’t make the journey alone. Joined by friends Rocky and Gizmo, Max sets off to find Madame. Along the way, the trio must face a pack of angry wolves, forage for food in a land where kibble is akin to gold, befriend a house full of cats, and outsmart a gang of subway rats. Ultimately, they’ll have to escape from the biggest threat of all: the Corporation, a “perfect” society for dogs and by dogs, where nothing is quite as it seems.
Ok so now you know the premise. What would happen if all the people disappeared? It makes me think of all the natural disasters that have happened, specifically, Hurricane Katrina, in which people had to leave their pets behind. How devastating that must have been for all parties involved. I’m certain my Bailey would look for me if I went missing. Now you can hear it straight from the dogs.
To be sure, you should probably read the series in order. I didn’t but Holt did a great job of catching me up on what I’d missed. This catch up feature is perfect for kids who come to the story later but don’t want to put the book down and get book 1. It is so great to hear the dogs talk as they go on these adventures. The three main characters Max, Gizmo, and Rocky are hysterical. Rocky, the dachshund, constantly talks about food. In The Last Dogs: Dark Waters, Rocky dreams of chasing kibble. His conversation with the kibble is a riot: his little legs are moving and he talks in his sleep saying “Come back here, kibble…I’m-a-getchoo. I’m gonna eat you up!” How funny is that? I giggled for hours.
There are many characters in the series to delight and frustrate the reader. If you have a child who likes talking animals this is the series for them. give this series 4 paws!
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