Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review: Oogy by Larry Levin

In the bestselling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.

In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen—one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue—ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy's charms, and decided to take him home. 

Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

Received from the publisher for review.

My favorite quote from the book was:

Oogy simply had no idea that he was a being separate and apart from the boys. In his view, he shared his life with them, and therefore there was never a doubt that they shared their lives with him.

This one gets four stars. Yes, it does deal with some heartbreaking material that brings you to tears, but it is a simply beautiful story about the power of love. You could really tell that Oogy and his family loved each other completely. The adorable pictures of Oogy and the family at the end of each chapter just illustrated their love. This is highly recommended for any animal lover.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I so want to read this book.

Ryan G said...

I have this one sitting around, waiting to be read. I'm glad to hear you liked it.

Amy said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book soon (I hope). It's such a heart-warming story and, as a major proponent of adopting animals from shelters, I loved that Mr. Levin and his family adopted Oogy who was definitely in need of much TLC.
I'm glad you liked this book. Thank you for mentioning that there are pictures at the end of the story. I was thrilled to read that!

~ Amy

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