If you don’t like dogs, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. But if you do, you are in for a real treat with today’s review. Enjoy!
Henry’s Tale* by David Pipe introduces the reader to Henry Ford, the cutest Border terrier puppy. Henry lives with his papa Alan and mama Jenny. Alan loves his job, playing golf and above all, Henry. Jenny loves designer clothes, handbags and shoes. She doesn’t love Henry. When Jenny insists on a week of high life on Majorca, Henry’s world takes a nosedive.
An attempted dognap and a traumatic stay in the veterinary clinic leave Henry a sad and confused puppy. Desperately lonely he sets off on an adventure with his friend Bully, a streetwise Essex bulldog, where he meets the beautiful Paula and for the first time experiences the heartbreak of puppy love.
Back at home, his mama and papa’s marriage is on the rocks – will Alan agree to Jenny’s ultimatum? Will he choose Jenny or Henry?
The best way I can think of to describe Henry’s Tale is a kid’s book in adult form. Although I’m not really sure if this is a book you would read to a child, at least not a very young one anyway. But, if you are an adult who enjoyed The Secret Life of Pets, you will also enjoy Henry’s Tale.
There are many other ways in which I could describe Henry’s Tale. Original is certainly one, and also a coming of age story with a twist (a canine twist). But whatever way I describe it, you need to know one thing: you have to be open to everything for this book. You need a good imagination and need to be able to look beyond the fact that animals talking to humans or animals working in, ahem, illegal areas, do not happen in real life. You need to be able to let go of reality and just roll with things. If you do, you won’t be disappointed.
Speaking of disappointment, I’m not sure if I am upset or relieved that Henry’s Tale didn’t make me feel more emotion. I was expecting something a bit more along the lines of Marley and Me. What I got instead were a whole bunch of canine characters with different accents, personalities, and views on life. I loved Bully for his injection of humour but I have to admit that Henry was my favourite. The sheer innocence of the puppy touched me and I really enjoyed seeing the world through his eyes. That made up for any tears I thought I was going to shed.
I took a chance on Henry’s Tale and it was worth it. I can only hope that you do the same.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.