The dog who wanted to be a bird is a creative work of fiction in the form of a satirical beast fable. Written by Giuseppe Scarpine, this fable follows the incredibly tragic life of Dog, who desperately wanted to be free to experience life. The story begins seen through the lens of Dog, who is the runt of his litter. She is instinctively aware of her relationships with her mother and siblings and the dynamics that come with that knowledge. Her owner buys her and takes her home. As time passes, we see the deterioration of not only Dog’s environment, but her physical well-being as well.
Dog’s relentless hope literally kept me as a reader intrigued not only by the idea that she could forgive, in a sense, her owner’s negligence, but that it was the driving force for her to live another day. She clings to the idea that her owner will one day express the temporary kindness she once showed Dog in the past. The dog is extremely solitary, but it is not without friends. She has befriended three different birds with different personalities and perspectives on the world outside of Dog’s desolate backyard. They visit her frequently to give her clues about the workings of society and how humans choose to treat canines and the world they live in.
The author does an interesting job of including many social aspects in this story. It includes animal rights galore and hits emotionally on every page. As a reader, I couldn’t help but want to dive into the story and just hug Dog and steal her out of that backyard, mostly due to the author’s incredible visceral writing skills. Other themes such as history, racism, faith, and friendship also play an integral role in telling Dog’s story through her lens. I found Dog’s perspective to be so in line with how I imagine a canine’s mind would work. The dialogue just worked for me, and the writing made the story easy to follow and made this chapter book a quick read. Definitely a fascinating read.
The dog who wanted to be a bird is a fascinating fable surrounding the life of Perro. Touching on many sensitive subjects, this novel will leave readers much to think about and look at in their own lives. Like the fables, this story will also teach a lesson that readers will be able to hold on to long after they’ve finished this thought-provoking tale.
Pages: 40 | ISBN: 978-0-578-91525