G Base Truckdogs: A Novel in Four Bites

ISBN 13: 9781417675661

Truckdogs: A Novel in Four Bites

 
9781417675661: Truckdogs: A Novel in Four Bites
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Two gangs of canine-like motor vehicles, the Rott Wheelers and the Mongrel Pack, have a showdown in the far-off desert town of Hubcap. Reprint.

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Beloved Australian author and illustrator Graeme Base of Animalia, and Eleventh Hour fame tries his hand at writing something longer--"a novel in four bites"--but with mixed results.

Set in the imaginary outback world of the TruckDog (a wild evolutionary hybrid that's either "an animal with an engine" or "a car with floppy ears and a wet nose"), Base's story starts out promisingly weird, but then promptly chases its tail in overcomplicated exposition and character development. Kids will probably take to the notion of a fuel-tanker dachshund or a drag-racer greyhound initially (they'll certainly pore over the 16 full-color plates illustrating various TruckDog "breeds"), but that attention will likely fade one-hundred pages into the convoluted and prosaic story about a town that needs to focus its bored, boisterous youth to fight off a gang of bandits.

Kids will likely love TruckDogs's rough-and-tumble descriptions, "Behind them stood a huge, snorting beast, solid muscle and steel, cruelly curved horns mounted above massive bony fenders: the TruckRam from hell." However, don't be surprised if disinterested young readers go tearing off mid-story to concoct TruckDog dramas of their own. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

About the Author:

Graeme Base lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife, Robyn, and their three children. Molly, his Labrador friend, lives with them, too. They spend a lot of time roaming through the Australian outback, a terrain remarkably similar to the setting of this book. He is the author of the bestsellers Animalia and The Water Hole.

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