Great Illustrated Books

City of Dogs

By Livi Michael

Putnam Juvenile, 2007
Pages : 256
Suggested Ages: 9 and Up
ISBN: 9780399243561

On Sam's birthday, the one he thinks will be the worst ever, his Aunty Dot brings to the house a small white dog she has just hit with her car. The dog, which Sam names Jenny, has no obvious injuries, though in her mouth, she is holding a sprig of mistletoe carved like a dart. What Sam does not know is that Jenny has come from another one of the nine worlds, where she inadvertently altered the course of destiny when she saved her master, Baldur, the Golden Boy, from death. Jenny will need the assistance of all the dogs she meets in Sam's neighborhood, because the fate of this world is now at stake, too. There's Pico, a Chihuahua with a bark like a Great Dane; Gentleman Jim, a massive old fellow, on his last legs; Boris, a gentle, slightly-deaf Lab; excitable Checkers; and nervous Flo, a standard poodle dyed pink by her eccentric owner. Are they up to the task? You bet. The modern world collides with the ancient worlds of Norse and Greek mythology in this adventuresome and winsome fantasy where dogs save the world.

You'll want to dig into some Norse myths about Baldur, and Greek myths about Orion, Charon, Cerebus, and the Furies, each of whom plays an important role in the story. Children who love Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief will be taken with this one, too.

Reviewed by : JF.


If you love this book, then try:

Climo, Shirley. Stolen Thunder: A Norse Myth. Clarion, 1994. ISBN-13: 978-0395643686

D'Aulaire, Ingri, and Edgar Parin. Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths. Doubleday, 1962. ISBN-13: 978-0440406945

Farmer, Nancy. The Sea of Trolls. Atheneum, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0689867460

McCaughrean, Geraldine. The Golden Hoard: Myths and Legends of the World. Simon & Schuster, 1996. ISBN-13: 978-0689807411

Osborne, Mary Pope. Favorite Greek Myths. Scholastic, 1989. ISBN-13: 978-0590413381

Osborne, Mary Pope. Favorite Norse Myths. Scholastic, 1996. ISBN-13: 978-0590480475

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 1). Miramax/Hyperion, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0786838653

Rupp, Rebecca. Journey to the Blue Moon: In Which Time Is Lost and Then Found Again. Candlewick, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0763625443

Critics have said

"A wise and witty animal fantasy...Michael provokes gasps of amazement, snorts of laughter and tears of aching grief. "
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Dog lovers and readers ten and up who enjoy the infusion of classic mythology into contemporary settings in the manner of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett will appreciate this ambitious, quirky novel."