Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Dean Koontz and His Dog Anna
Photographer: Vincent Remini
Publisher: Center Street
“No one will think you’re a tough guy if you just keep wearing that tube top, halter top, whatever the freakin’ thing is,” Anna replies to Misunderstood in Dean Koontz’s book, Ask Anna; Advice for the Furry and Forlorn.
This ninety-six-page paperback targets anyone that loves canines and wonders what they talk about amongst themselves. With no profanity or sexual innuendos, it is a clean read for any age group.
The concept of the book are questions dogs ask of the author’s pet and her responses. Covering a multitude of topics, they range from how they deal with their owners, their awkward looks and ideas, and problems with other animals to Anna’s birdaholic nature, the mailman’s larcenous poodle, and reminders to enjoy life to the fullest. There are two inserts regarding the history of canine advice and a dog day in Koontzland. Close up, full-color, full-page photographs of these special pets grace every page.
The collection of correspondence not only has beautiful breeds depicted in cute, funny, or pathetic poses, but also the questions asked and answered are engaging yet twisted and silly in their furry way. Since our dog is treated like one of our offspring, we get the idea of the book being about animals discussing, debating, pleading, and solving worldwide problems.
is thoughtful that 100% of sales of this book is donated to Canine
Companions for Independence.
If you do not like dogs, you may think this book is sophomoric. Granted there are snuggly photographs to draw you in, but if you are a cat (or bird) lover, this one may not be for you.
Storyteller Koontz has authored many novels, fifteen of which have been number one in hardbound bestsellers and sixteen in paperback bestsellers. He and his wife live in California. No information was given regarding photographer Remini.
As a dog lover, I was disappointed there were no pictures of beagles. I am sure ours would have written Anna several texts regarding starvation versus gluttony.
If you are looking for a book to give a friend who is a dog lover, this would be a good choice.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and Hachette Book Group for offering this book to review for my honest opinion.