This is the story of a boy named Barry. Some stuff happens, and overnight like magic he turns into a boyhound. Not a hound, but a boyhound–which means while he may still look like a boy, he is, in fact, a dog. And even in his boyhound brain, Barry knows there are lots of advantages to being a dog. You don’t have to clean your room or use dental floss, for example.
But things get crazy. He eats something too disgusting to mention. He’s attacked by telepathic squirrels. An innocent squashed frog becomes involved. Plus, his mother’s getting pretty mad. And that’s all before the really bad thing happens. . . .
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Andy Spearman is the pseudonym for an ad executive who never grew up. This is his first novel. The author lives in Toronto.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6–Barry wakes up one morning and finds that he is turning into a dog. Well, not quite. He's a boyhound, human on the outside, but definitely canine within. He thinks the change is rather cool. Dogs don't have to wear clothes, they can eat practically anything, and they don't have much in the way of responsibility. Of course, since he doesn't actually look like a dog, his family and friends have no idea that Barry has undergone this transformation. So, when he chases the cat, sniffs a strange woman's rear end, and bites his best friend, they figure that he has simply gone crazy. The wild action is funny, but the rambling narrative is somewhat difficult to follow. The author often interrupts the story to speak directly to readers, and there are many side comments, non sequiturs, and tangential footnotes. The inset photos, drawings, and diagrams often depict these peripheral points. There is considerable bodily function and gross-out humor as well. Adults may find all this rather distasteful, but middle grade readers–especially boys–with a penchant for off-the-wall humor, may enjoy Barry's misadventures.–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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