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

Although the cover and blurb says otherwise, this book was humorous and cynical. The narrator’s innocent view of scenarios makes you see the world in a whole new perspective. In fact, up till the later half of the book, I was shaking with laughter on every single page. The mysteries of the book that are relatively obvious to the reader are a complete puzzle to the main character, and so his adventure to solve the riddle is fun to observe.

Christopher is an eccentric boy: he hates all things that are brown or yellow, he can’t eat food that touch, and he is unable to bear being touched by anyone. But life is all right… until he finds his neighbor’s dog stabbed with a pitchfork. His curiousness encourages him to find the murderer and write a murder mystery novel about the whole thing. But in trying to uncover one mystery, what others will he uncover?

If you get past the first shock of the unsettling picture and the chapter of the dead dog, this book is actually quite amusing. I give it 8 stars and recommend it for 13+: it’s definitely not a book for younger children as it is so intense in the latter half!

K

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