'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' by Mark Haddon

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The Bottom Line

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon will appeal to men and women. It is cleverly written and draws readers into the mind of the narrator, who has a developmental disability. It is funny, sweet and a must read for anyone who knows someone with special needs.

Pros

  • Unique, interesting voice
  • See the world through different eyes
  • Mystery, emotion, and humor
  • A quick read

    Cons

    • I didn't have any "cons"

    Description

    • A teenager with Asperger's syndrome finds a dead dog on the neighbor's lawn
    • The teacher tells the boy to write a novel
    • A mystery novel is born

    Guide Review - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon - Book Review

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon is unlike any other book I have read. That's because of the narrator, Christopher John Francis Boone is unlike anyone I have ever met. He is a teenager with a developmental disability who is a mathematical genius but cannot understand human emotions. The novel is written as if Christopher is writing it for a class assignment. He numbers the chapters in prime numbers because that is what he likes. In fact, you hear a lot about what Christopher likes and does not like in the pages of this mystery.

    The story begins when Christopher finds a dead dog on the neighbor's lawn.

    As he works to figure out who killed the dog, you learn a lot about Christopher's family, past, and neighbors. It soon becomes clear that the dog's murder is not the only mystery worth solving in Christopher's life.

    This story will draw you in, make you laugh and cause you to see the world through different eyes.

    The novel entertains, but it also provides an avenue for empathizing with people with developmental disabilities. I highly recommend it for book clubs (see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time book club discussion questions) and individuals who are looking for a good read.