- Reading level: 8 - 12 years
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins (30 December 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062015761
- ISBN-13: 978-0062015761
- ASIN: 0062015761
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog Paperback – 30 Dec 2013
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Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?
Meet one funny dog—Enzo, the lovable mutt who tells this story. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: most dogs love to chase cars, but Enzo longs to race them. He learns about racing and the world around him by watching TV and by listening to the words of his best friend, Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, and his daughter, Zoë, his constant companion. Enzo finds that life is just like being on the racetrack—it isn't simply about going fast. And, applying the rules of racing to his world, Enzo takes on his family's challenges and emerges a hero. In the end, Enzo holds in his heart the dream that Denny will go on to be a racing champion with his daughter by his side. For theirs is an extraordinary friendship—one that reminds us all to celebrate the triumph of the human (and canine) spirit.
This is a special adaptation for young people of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling adult novel The Art of Racing in the Rain.
About the Author
Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain was a NY Times bestseller. It also hit the Boston Globe, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestseller lists. He is also the author of two other novels, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and Raven Stole the Moon, as well as a play, Brother Jones and has worked as a documentary filmmaker. He lives in Seattle with his family.
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Enzo is not your average dog.
Enzo, the one named after the popular race car driver, Enzo Ferrari.
Enzo, who watches car races on television.
Enzo, who has nightmares just like humans.
Enzo, the lab-terrier mix-breed.
.... is about to die.
Enzo has lived a fulfilling life and just when he's breathing his last, he tells us about his life demonstrating how he's more than a dog. Enzo believes he's a different dog; he feels he's almost a human. For Enzo, Denny (Dennis Swift, a race car driver) is everything. They power up each other's lives until when life throws a life-and-death situation at Denny and Enzo brings him out of it.
A heart-wrenching tale of his life's ups and downs attributed to his owner, Dennis Swift's living experiences.
I liked this book not just because I'm a dog-sister, but because Enzo gets under your skin, demands to be loved with his honest human-like understanding of things, his sublime maturity. But I felt that it could be cut short of all the racing demonstrations that almost killed it for me.
The story is so amazing, its guaranteed to make you cry if you are a dog lover. I was so immersed in the book that I could feel every character around me. The dog, Enzo, is adorable and the story is written from his perspective. Enzo is brave, witty, hilarious, brilliant and sensitive. The concept of a dog narrating the story is very original, and if you have ever had a pet, you will relate to everything that the Enzo says or does in the book.
Overall, this is one amazing read, which may leave you devastatingly sad.
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