The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Sun-mi Hwang
Published by Abacus
Published on July 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Literary
Source: Publisher, Review Copy
This is the story of a dog named Scraggly. Born an outsider because of her distinctive appearance, she spends most of her days in the sun-filled yard of her owner's house. Scraggly has dreams and aspirations just like the rest of us. But each winter, dark clouds descend and Scraggly is faced with challenges that she must overcome. Through the clouds and even beyond the gates of her owner's yard lies the possibility of friendship, motherhood and happiness - they are for the taking if Scraggly can just hold on to them, bring them home and build the life she so desperately desires.
The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Sun-mi Hwang was provided to me for free by the publisher, Little Brown, in exchange for an honest review, but this does not affect my opinion on the book or the content of this review.
If you know me, then you must be aware that I love dogs, and I have a really cute and cuddly one named Booboo. So when I was offered to read this book, I didn’t hesitate to say ‘Yes’, and I don’t regret that decision.
In a provincial Korean village, a nameless mother borne a few litters, and one of them is a peculiar-looking dog with a shaggy fur of bluish-black color. Because of her odd looks, she was instantly an outcast to her family, but she easily bonded with the owner, Grandpa Screecher due to her uniqueness.
We follow the journey through life of this shaggy dog named Scraggly. Reading the story through the dog’s perspective, gave me an insight on what could be going on in a dog’s mind while experiencing little things in their own yard and surroundings. The stories in each chapter were simple, but they were very touching. You’d think that a children’s book couldn’t make you cry, but it did.
One knows the least about oneself.
Scraggly experienced a lot of struggles in the circle of life, and oftentimes I forget that I am reading this book from a dog’s perspective. The author did very well in conveying the right emotions in each situation that Scraggly was in, though her owner doesn’t exactly know what her bark means, sometimes. The book is reminiscent of other children’s books such as Babe: The Gallant Pig, a pig who believed that she could be a sheepdog. Scraggly, with her curious mind and brave little heart, always believed in herself, even if there were rooms for doubt.
Scraggly, with her own might, fought to live a normal life. In her short journey, she was able to feel joy, love, heartbreak, amger, and sorrow. She represented how an ordinary human being struggle through life, yet still come out victorious in the end.
If you want your heart to be touched, or if you simply love dogs, go and read this wonderful book.