From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2013: (Actually published on October 8, 2013)
Rotten by Michael Northrop Scholastic Books (store.scholastic.com), 2013. 256 pages, hardcover. $17.99.
As a child I was enthralled by dog stories, including Eric Knight’s Lassie, Come Home, Jack London’s Call of the Wild, and the entire Albert Payson Terhune series of books about collies. My favorite dog stories were set in different places, but had in common dog protagonists whose comfortable bourgeois lives were disrupted, pitching them, alone, into a cruel outer world. On the surface, the stories were mainly about dogs, but the larger message concerned the positive personal attributes that dogs can demonstrate to people. Read more