Woodjie is 11 and this book was about at his reading level. He would be a fifth grader if he went to school. What he liked about the book was the idea of this little doggie befriending the author on his run, just tagging along. Later, the author goes to great lengths to find Gobi and bring him home.
The only criticism I'd have - and it's a small one - is that sometimes younger readers don't understand some of the concepts presented in the book as givens. For example, a child mightn't understand the "dangers" of speaking to the press in a foreign country. It would be nice if some of these concepts were spelled out a bit better but it wasn't a biggie. I was right there listening to him read the whole book aloud during my recent surgery recovery... so I could explain everything I felt he needed to know as we went along. A charming book! With photos!
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