Book Review: Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones

Sirius, the Lord of the Dog Star, can’t believe when he is falsely accused of murder. As his punishment, Sirius is sent to Earth. On Earth he is reborn as a puppy and has to find the Zoi that is there before it can fall into the wrong hands.

I’ve heard many good things about this book and so I decided to read it for March, since this is when fans celebrate Diana Wynne Jones month. I’m glad to have finally read it. Dogsbody is also special for me because this is the 1,000th book I have read!

Dogsbody has a unique premise. Sirius, now former Lord of the Dog Star, is being punished by being sent to Earth. He’s reborn as a dog and knows originally he wasn’t a dog, but his memories are rather blurry. Lucky for Sirius, as a puppy he is found by a kind girl named Kathleen who takes him in. Not so lucky for her, Kathleen’s father is in prison and has to live with her uncle and aunt. Kathleen’s aunt is just horrid to her.

Sirius (or Leo as Kathleen named her) becomes something positive in her currently not so happy life.

I like the story and the characters. The story is different and I really enjoyed it. This was one of those books that I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

Diana Wynne Jones isn’t known for explaining how the magic works in the worlds she created, the same goes for Dogsbodyand I’ve always liked that about Diana Wynne Jones. Not that there is anything wrong with explaining what’s going on, but Diana Wynne Jones just always seemed to have a way of writing that it is basically like, “Well, this is how it is.” and there isn’t much other explanation than that. But, you can still understand what’s going on. And usually whatever is going on is very interesting.

This is a very creative story with likable characters. I found myself tearing up a few times at how much Kathleen cared for Sirius and what Kathleen went through.

I loved this book and I knew it would be a favorite after only reading a few chapters. It is just simply amazing. A wonderful, wonderful book.

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4 responses to “Book Review: Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones

  1. Sounds like a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing the book review!
    Often when we are going through a tough time, someone (person, animal, or spirit) comes along to be our friend and help us survive.
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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