Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Dangerous Book for Dog: A Parody by Rex and Sparky


The Dangerous Book for Dogs asks a simple question: isn't there more to being a dog than wearing a mini cashmere sweater and riding around in a $400 evening clutch? What about the simple pleasures of life -- feeling the wind in your fur, digging up the grass beneath your paws, smelling another dog's butt? Isn't that part of the great joy of being a dog?

Written (with help) by dogs and for dogs, The Dangerous Book For Dogs provides insight on everything from the tastiest styles of shoes to chew to the proper method for terrorizing squirrels. It also contains portraits of noble dogs throughout history, the mysteries of cats and humans, and everything else your dog ever wanted to know but was afraid to ask–like how to make toys out of human's household items, or how to escape from a humiliating reindeer costume.

Generously illustrated with drawings by cartoonist Emily Flake, this hilarious parody is for good dogs, bad dogs, and the millions of people who love them.

Rex and Sparky wrote this parody without authorization (because they are dogs and they do what they want.)
I am a bit of a slacker, I have to say. When the person I recommended this book to has reviewed it before me, you know I have a problem. So, since she reviewed it, I figured it was about time I got around to saying what I have to say. Frankly, the best way to sum it up is to say that I thought it was hillarious and I will totally be rereading it! I originally thought this book would be a good present for a young reader in your household, and then I got to the section on 'mounting bitches'! I now totally understand the male dog dating game, because you know I was totally missing out before! I would not say that my dogs fit every section of this book, but there was some things that you can always see your dog in.

Ames points out some of the best parts of the book just in the titles of the chapters.
Here are some titles: "Things you can Chase," "Begging - A Primer," "Foul Smels every dog should roll in," "How to make your owner look like an idiot," and "Training a new Human."
This book is so great, though. Rex and Sparky have a good thing going here. Maybe they will encourage their cats to write their thoughts on life. In a much more educated manner, of course. If you have a chance to read this book, I strongly recommend that you do! I plan to buy it for my friend for Christmas because she has a dog, but even if you do not, it is worth the read for a laugh.

I also reviewed a book on Twisted Kingdom tonight. It is Catherynne Valente's fantastic fairy tale attempt, you should check it out! To read more about this humourous book, head on over to Random House.


  1. Cats was the best section, imo. Unfortunately, Max is given the business by the cats, not the other way around. hehe

  2. This book sounds awesome! I'm going to have to get it..I might get Megan a copy for Christmas too...I know she'd love it!

  3. I'm getting this for my mom as a Christmas present. It sounds so cute!

  4. OMG I HAVE to read this book. I reviewed The Daring Book for Girls for MotherTalk and loved it. I love dogs and this sounds like just the book for me.

  5. I thought it was a perfect light read, I strongly recommend it for some humour!

  6. I really need to add this to my must buy list. I have a feeling I will love it.

  7. This book sounds great! I know a few dog-lovers for whom this would be a perfect Christmas present.


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