There is no dog is about God, whose name is Bob! He is a teenager (he is 19) who has been given the responsibility of creating and then the ongoing maintenance of Earth. Unfortunately like most teenagers he takes his eye off the ball fairly regularly and chaos ensues on our planet. He is minded by Mr B, my favourite character in the book, who spends his time trying to juggle the catastrophes which God causes, a lot of which involve God being irresistibly attractive to young women, and being consumed with himself, his dislike of his interferring mother, who won Earth in a poker game in the beginning which is how Bob came to be God, and who also has now carelessly lost Bob’s pet in yet another poker game. Mr B, is responsible for whales being on earth and has his hands full ensuring their continued survival what with Bob being all involved with himself and his lovelife. Confused, I was!
Meg Rosoff is one of my favourite authors but this book seems like a good idea that just ran off with itself and left the author with not enough places to take what remained. It seems a bit disjointed, a bit loopy and underdone. There are tone changes which don’t sit quite right, there are disjointed chapters and the resolution is – weird. I kept reading because I really wanted it to be fabulous, and I always enjoy the cleverness in a Meg Rosoff book, and that is there in this book but not in big enough doses to keep me hooked. The book is good natured, and has heart which Meg Rosoff always brings to her books, her sense of humour really is great.
I have adored every single previous novel by Meg Rosoff here is what I thought of The brides farewell, (loved it) and I will certainly await the next one eagerly but this one is one I’m glad I didn’t have to spend my library dollar on. I was loaned a proof which is fabulous and exciting and always a thrill, it feels like you are in with an early look at a treat before anybody else gets hold of it. I enjoyed parts of the book but I’m really more looking forward to the next one.
Meg Rosoff has been in NZ for Auckland Readers and Writers Week and I have been so jealous that she came south as far as Nelson, but not to Dunedin, and it is so nice here! Come a bit further next time Meg and we will look after you – and we have far more excellent water than Auckland down here! Read this post on her blog to see why I wrote that!