The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – Book Review #18

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time


I really loved The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. I read it in 3 days and when I was done, I wished it had been longer!

It’s written from the point of view of Christopher. He’s a 15-year-old boy with Aspergers. He finds his neighbour’s dog dead in her front garden. Someone had killed it using a garden fork.

Christopher wanted to find out who had killed the dog, Wellington, so he decided to do some detecting. His teacher told him it would good for him to write a book so he wrote about his detective work.
At the start of the book, we find that Christopher lives with just his dad as his mum had died of a heart attack.

He doesn’t like to be touched by anyone so when his dad wants to hug him, he holds up his right hand and spreads his fingers out in a fan. Christopher does the same with his left hand and they touch fingers and thumbs.
I thought this was really sweet.

I’ve not had much real-life experience with Aspergers so I don’t know how realistic it is. A lady commented who said she’s a mum of a boy with autism and it was a bit hard for her to read sometimes as some of it rang true but she also thought it was very funny.

I’ve had the book for months, maybe even a year and I’ve been putting off reading it. I went and read the reviews on Goodreads last week and there were some quite negative ones.
After the disaster that was 77 Shadow Street, I nearly decided not to read this book at all because of the reviews. I’m so glad I ignored them!

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  1. Acorn Books 15th May 2017 at 6:21 am

    I read this book a long time ago now but remember how good it is. Especially the part you described about how they touch fingers and thumbs. #readwithme

  2. suz 10th May 2017 at 9:37 am

    It was a long time ago when I read this book. I’m glad you liked it.

  3. BookBairn 8th May 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I loved this book! Really want to see the stage show! #readwithme

  4. Chantelle Hazelden 8th May 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Ooo do you know I’ve heard of this but never got around to reading it! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  5. Yet Another Blogging Mummy 8th May 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Not come across this, but it sounds like one for my list #readwithme

  6. Catherine @ Story Snug 8th May 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I read this years ago and must read it again. I really enjoyed it, glad you did too 🙂


  7. Sarah MumofThree World 8th May 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I absolutely love this book and you’ve reminded me that I need to dig it out for my sons to read too. It’s funny, but very touching and extremely well written.

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