The Dangerous Book for Dogs: A Parody by Rex & Sparky
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The Dangerous Book For Dogs: A Parody By Rex & Sparky

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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.)
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Editor's Review

The Dangerous Book for Dogs looks at life from a dog's perspective.

December 3, 2010 5:33 pm | By Zootoo Editor Flinn D.

The Dangerous Book for Dogs is a parody of a self-help book written from a dog’s point of view. The premise is simple – that once upon a time dogs were “necessities, not accessories” to humans, and that in today’s dog-eat-dog world, dogs need to be reminded of the simple pleasures in life.

The Dangerous Book for Dogs catalogs those pleasures – from sticking your nose out the window to sticking it, well, somewhere else – in prose that is always witty and clever. The book’s strength is that it is written entirely from the perspective of a dog. The author(s) have amusingly put themselves in the shoes of dogs as they go about their day-to-day activities and interact with humans and other dogs.

Some of the topics covered include: How to Escape a Hideous Costume, Squirrels and What to do During a Thunderstorm. Amidst similar chapter headings, the authors relate stories of “Courageous Dogs in History” as well, such as the first dog to set foot in North America and dogs who have assisted humans in war. There are also stories about dogs in showbiz such as Old Yeller, Cujo and “The Beagle Pack in Omen III.”

What kept me turning page after page was the way the authors so perfectly captured one of the biggest feelings that humans and dogs have in common – the conflict between doing what is in our nature and doing what will please those around us. I never realized that my dog felt the same way.

Pros: Amusing and thoughtful; varied types of article content.

Cons: None.

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Reader's Reviews (2)
Joan R.
Rating: 5

Very funny

posted 6 years ago

This book is written from a dog's point of view. It is funny, but also insightful.

Pros: Easy read. Hilarious.

Cons: None.

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Bob R.
Rating: 3

A Good Bathroom Book

posted 6 years ago

This is a book supposedly, written by two dogs, about what dogs do, and why they do it. On the back cover there's this statement: "Rex and Sparkey wrote this parody without authorization,(because they are dogs and they do what they want to). I found that if I tried to read too much of this book all at once, it became rather mundane. I think the bathroom is a good place for this one to rest. (That way you can read a little bit at a time.)

Pros: humorous,entertaining,cute illustrations

Cons: didn't really "Grab" me

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