BOOK REVIEW – THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME – BY MARK HADDEN 

BOOK REVIEW – THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME – BY MARK HADDEN 

Calliope Book Club reviews ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Hadden

“Fifteen-year-old Christopher has a photographic memory. He understands maths. He understands science. What he can’t understand are other human beings. When he finds his neighbour’s dog, Wellington, lying dead on the lawn, he decides to track down the killer and write a murder mystery about it. But in doing so, he uncovers other mysteries that threaten to bring his whole world crashing down around him.” – Dymocks 

The group was quite curious themselves when receiving this book. I know as a librarian I’m meant to say “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but there is a reason that publishers spend money on cover design and this book is no exception. It was obvious from the cover that a dog was murdered but who, where, when, and why is it so important? I guess that’s why we had to read the book. 

Some of the groups most favourable parts from the book included; 

don’t trust bananas!”  

going off on his tangents and following the logic” 

felt so helpless for him… as a mum it’s easy to railroad over what the kids want” 

I tried to get the group to tell me the parts they hated…. nothing. The story was a bit of a rollercoaster but was “so relatable” you overlooked any minor imperfections. 

Overall, the book flowed well and was an easy writing style to follow, and anyone thinking of reading it should keep in mind that this is a story about a kid with autism, not a story about autism with a kid in it. The group thoroughly enjoyed the read and gave it 4 out of 5. 

The Calliope Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month at 5.30pm in the Calliope Library and all are welcome.