The old hardback copy of Dominic that I brought into the house was met with unease. It looked like one of those classics that you had to read in high school, that you knew would be awful.
But we decided to take a chance on the mustardy yellow color covered book and we found a heroic tale of a dog with a superb blend of action and deep meaning.
Dominic is an on the go sort of dog. He sets off with his piccalo to see what lies down the road. His keen sense of smell leads him to find friendships on his adventures and right into the clutches of the Doomsday gang. The Doomsday gang is a group of villians who attack the innocent animals of the countryside. Being a kind and courageous dog, Dominic must find a way to defeat these ruffians.
The exceptional descriptive vocabulary in this book make it a wonderful read aloud. The reading level in my opinion would have to be 7th grade or higher. The beauty of the wording may get overlooked and skipped over if a child had to sound out many of the words.
That is why reading aloud is an easy way to learn new words. The challenging words are heard in context and are made to come alive in the mind.
The illustrations in Dominic are simple stick and line sketches. I found them charming, but my children seem to have a more refined opinion of what an illustration should be. But by the end of the book they were asking to see the pictures as well. Simplicity can grow on you.
To wrap it all up in a bandana ( story reference ) Dominic is a fabulous boy read or read aloud for mulit-ages, I lean towards 8 and up. Boys will enjoy the sword fighting and heroic deeds of this loveable dog.
Moms will appreciate the outstanding vocabulary and life lessons taught in the story.
I dog eared several pages but this is a tidbit I am still mulling over- "Fighting the bad ones in the world was a necessary and gratifying experience. Being happy among the good ones was, of course, even more gratifying. But one could not be happy among the good ones unless one fought the bad ones."