on June 10, 2013 :
This book features 21 short stories and fables written specific for dog lovers of all ages. The topics range from mythology to magic and horror stories (for dogs) combined with canine poetry and a couple of essays written by a dog in order to help the rest of us understand canine logic and reasoning. The majority of the stories are actually the same stories that are found in the companion book, Bedtime Stories For Cats, only each story is written from the dog's perspective.
Many of the stories are sweet, amusing, poignant and informative, and even though I have never actually owned a dog (I prefer owning cats...I know, I know, I can hear the growls of outrage already from every canine in the vicinity! :)), I definitely have had the pleasure of meeting several dogs during my lifetime. I found myself recognizing certain canine traits and personalities as I read, that I could remember some of the dogs in my acquaintance displaying in the past.
I enjoyed reading this book very much. I honestly can't explain why I waited so long to read it, although in my defense, there are just so many great books out there that I want to read that there may be one or two that languish on my TBR pile for some time before I get to them. I give Bedtime Stories For Dogs by Amy Neftzger an A!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on April 10, 2012 :
Bedtime Stories for Dogs and Bedtime Stories for Cats are two compilations of short stories, poems and fables for your favourite canine and/or feline four-legged friend(s) by author Amy Neftzger. These tales are called 'tails' here for obvious reasons, and are ideal for those who love their pets and sometimes wonder what they would read for themselves, if only they could...
My favourite selection of the two was the book for dogs, an unsurprising bias really as we have a dog! Amongst the collection, I particularly liked 'Why Dogs are Natural Leaders', 'The Giant Slipper - A Tail of Horror', and 'Is Obedience Training Really Necessary?', which illustrates many areas in which dogs believe they could teach their humans a thing or two! An essay by Henry David the Hound, it offers us a dog's perspective on why obedience training is important:
'When you consider all the potential reasons for obedience training, try to think of it as not really training for us: it's for the humans. Most of them don't know how to communicate well and need assistance in this area. For example, humans have very insensitive noses. They can't smell fear or danger. They must be trained to ask us for assistance in detecting these things or risk the potentially adverse outcomes that take place when these things go undetected.'
Written from the point of view of the dog, or cat, these stories give us an imagined insight into how they might think, and their personalities and opinions. Sometimes the stories and opinions are actually fairly serious considering the light-hearted appearance of the books, but all ages may find them entertaining.
As the author notes at the end of the book, humans with a love for cats may like the stories for cats book, wherein some of the stories tell the cat's version of the same stories in the dog book.
(reviewed 63 days after purchase)
on Jan. 27, 2012 :
This is a great book that delves into the mythos of Dog. It starts with creation and is a delightful collection of stories and poems written from the perspective of dogs. This is a great book for those who love dogs and who may have wondered what are dogs really thinking.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Jan. 2, 2012 :
Bedtime Stories for Dogs is a fantastic book of short stories and poems, written by dogs, for dogs. I had a fantastic time reading this book! The stories were cute, funny, and nostalgic for any dog lover. I read several of them to my daughter, who actually caught a few puns that I missed. My favorites were the poems about riding in the car, and the reason dogs hate cats.
I thought the author did a fantastic job of keeping the story in the dogs voice. The stories were highly creative and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.
I received this book free from the Library Thing giveaways.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Amy Neftzger’s matching ebooks, Bedtime stories for Cats and Bedtime stories for Dogs make a great set of tales (or tails) for the animal lovers (and animals) of any household. The stories weave nicely together with cat-stories retold from the dog’s point of view, and dog-myths replayed with cat-like superiority. Lovers of both breeds will benefit greatly from having both books to read, and indeed, I believe the print version contains them both, told from back and front and meeting in the middle.
The short stories cover mythology, bathtime, squirrels, spherical yellow objects, and food of course, plus the vagaries and follies of cats as these pets meet in park or house, sharing—or trying not to share—ideas, and seeking their different goals. The world’s greatest evil might be magical or mouse-like, but what does it matter when there’s food to be enjoyed? And the world’s most curious magic might seem casually simple when we inferior bipeds finally understand. With dog point of view beautifully portrayed, a pleasing dog-like turn of phrase, and bath-time consistently hated, this is a fun book to share with pets or family or both.
Disclosure: I received free ecopies of both books from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)