The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Children's Edition

by Mark Haddon | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0099456761 Global Overview for this book
Registered by nice-cup-of-tea of Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on 3/6/2005
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15 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Sunday, March 06, 2005
This is a teenage book, but equallly readable for Adults.

The book is "written" by the main character, 15yr old Christopher who has autism. It's a 'murder mystery', but the narrative really focusses on Christopher's discoveries about himself and his parents. The style and structure of the book reflect Christopher's intelligence and his difficulty in understanding the feelings of others.

Brilliant, moving and full of Maths (which I didn't understand)!

Journal Entry 2 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, March 07, 2005
I'm just passing this onto a Bookgroup friend, Mehdi, who's promised to join bookcrossing and then journal it! Hurrah...

Journal Entry 3 by give-me-a-break from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, March 15, 2005
I got the book from nice-cup-of-tea. I plan to release it very soon. Seems that somebody is wating for it.

Journal Entry 4 by give-me-a-break from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, March 16, 2005
It's a nice and easy read. Great book for both children and adults. A nice window to the mind of an autistic person and a great opportunity to think about how human mind works. At some point, you might get irritated by the mechanical way the character treats minor details and important things equally. Also the way he sees the world might appear sad to a normal person. What a great ability to be "stupid" sometimes! What a gift not to observe everything! What a pity not to be able to hold one's mom's hands! At the same time it's very touching to see the straightforward rationale for a behavior that might seem completely absurd. A great lesson of tolerance.

Journal Entry 5 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, March 25, 2005

Journal Entry 6 by KatColorado from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, March 25, 2005
This book is about the 15 year old Christopher who wants to investigate the murder of Wellington, his neighbour's dog.

Christopher is different. He can distinguish between happy and sad faces, but everything in between is difficult to classify for him. He loathes the colours yellow and brown, he is very good at maths and he can't lie because he can't imagine a situation that isn't true.

It's difficult to describe this book because it's so special. For example the order of the chapters, which isn't 1, 2, 3 but prime numbers. Or that Christopher tends to end up somewhere totally different from where he started when he tells a story.

I think Mark Haddon did a great job in writing this book, because I can really believe that Christopher wrote this story, I can hear him talking and I can imagine life as a boy with Asperger's. A boy whose favourite world would be a world without other people, so he didn't have to meet any strangers and where he could just do as he likes.

My favourite quote of the book is Christopher's definition of love: "Loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble and looking after them and telling them the truth."

I enjoyed reading the book and I loved discussing it at my first bookgroup meeting.

Journal Entry 7 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, March 25, 2005
Received back from KatColorado, book safely book on my bookshelf...

Journal Entry 8 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, April 26, 2005
This is going on a secret RABCK journey to the UK, to a fellow bookcrosser who has just completed all her academic work and handed it in, and who deserves an unexpected book and a nice cup of tea!

Posted 26th April, A Post

Journal Entry 9 by akg from Didcot, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 28, 2005
Thanks, nice-cup-of-tea you're the best. Completely unexpected and a lovely surprise. I can add it to my large pile of TBRs which has built up over the last few months ... but I have time to read now :D

Keep going on yours and you'll soon feel fantastic too.

Journal Entry 10 by akg from Didcot, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 14, 2005
Oops I never wrote a review for this and it was about 2 months ago that I finished it so sorry its a one sentence review. I enjoyed the book and found it much easier to read than I expected.

Anyway as a thank you to nice-cup-of-tea who sent me this book I have organised for it to go out on a ray so hopefully you'll get lots of nice journal entries (fingers crossed they're better than mine). Sorry guys for taking so long to get this together.

Jedsmom UK
Mimu UK
themoog UK
redjanet UK
fluffywelshshee UK
harmaja Finland
Annelis Finland
neschka Germany
Brendio Germany
Areir Greece

Journal Entry 11 by akg from Didcot, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Posted to jedsmom today

Journal Entry 12 by jedsmom from Newport, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Arrived this morning, somehow I must have signed up for two rings on this book. Will post it on to the next person today. Really enjoyed it.

Journal Entry 13 by mimu from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 28, 2005
Thanks jedsmom, for the book and also the chocolate. Yum. The next bookcrosser in the ring (themoog), nabbed the book as soon as it arrived, so I'll read it as soon as he's finished. (He may have got the book, but I got to the chocolate first!)

Journal Entry 14 by the-moog from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, November 28, 2005
Didn't want it to end.

Journal Entry 15 by mimu from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, December 05, 2005
Really good, and really clever. Though the entire book is narrated by Christopher, you work out lots of things (not least, what's really going on with the dog) before he can, due to his inability to understand other people and relationships. At the same time, he notices all the little details of the world that aren't usually considered relevant.

So easy to read, I felt as though it was a really simple story, but it's absolutely tragic in places. Because Christopher is so frank and unmoved, I just went along with him, and then realised late how sad some events he describes are.

I really felt for his Father at the end.

That's enough rambling from me, though it's the kind of book you (well, I) could talk and talk about. Thanks to nice-cup-of-tea (I don't understand the maths either) and akg. I'll send it on to the next person in time to be a pre-xmas read. (Sorry for messing with the order of the ring, btw.)

Journal Entry 16 by redjanet from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, January 12, 2006
I received this in the post today. I'm really looking forward to reading it after hearing so much about it. I have a couple of ray/ring books ahead of this one but will try to get to it as soon as possible!

Journal Entry 17 by redjanet from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Firstly, I apologise for not getting to this book sooner but I suddenly faced an onslaught of books from rays all at once.

I did enjoy reading this book for the most part, though I'm not sure if I agree that it's as good as all the hype made it out to be. It was a very sad story, which is to be expected, and it gave a lot of insight into autism, but I finished the book feeling that a lot of things were left unresolved. I found this to be a bit disappointing. Still, this made for an interesting read.

Journal Entry 18 by Annelis from Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, June 09, 2006
I received the book yesterday by post. It seems very interesting. I'll read it soon and pass on to the next reader. Thank you!


Journal Entry 19 by Annelis from Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, June 17, 2006
I liked the way in which the author describes the thoughts of Christopher. It reminds me of a tv-program I saw a couple of years ago. In that program a Canadian autist told about her life. She was able to work and and make a living and she was living independently. But in many ways she was still experiencing the world like Christopher does. It is difficult for us to understand how it really feels to see the world that way.

Neschka got the book from a friend. I'll try the next one in the ring or ray.
Edit July 1st
Posted to Brendion last week.

Journal Entry 20 by Brendio from Bundaberg, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
This book was easy to read, and with the different style of chapter numbering, it really felt as if you were flying through it. I enjoyed the perspective of the book, the maths illustrations, and the insight it gives into how people with Asperger's Syndrome see the world. I also reflecting on whether I also enjoyed maths (and science) because it is safe and there is always a straightforward answer to problems in the end, which is in contrast to life, in which there is not always a strightforward answer to problems.

Have contacted Areir. Will send it as soon as I have an address.

EDIT: 17.07.06 - sent!

Journal Entry 21 by areir from Kallithea, Attica Greece on Thursday, July 20, 2006
The book is here!

I have never been the last one on a bookray before...
What should I do with the book? Should I find more participants for the ray? Or wild release it? Or send it as a RABCK?

Anyway! I'll read it first!

Journal Entry 22 by eirini1 from Kallithea, Attica Greece on Sunday, August 27, 2006
Areir gave me the book

Journal Entry 23 by eirini1 from Kallithea, Attica Greece on Sunday, September 17, 2006
I really enjoyed this book but most of all i liked the young boy with the strange thought!


I'm starting a bookray for The Curious incident of the dog in the night- time.

PM me if you wish to be added to the list

Relaxed rules apply:-

1) Journal to let us know it has arrived.
2) Try to read within two months, or let me know if there are problems.
3) PM the next on the list for an address and make a journal entry to tell us all what you thought of it.
4)Enjoy it!

Journal Entry 24 by eirini1 from Kallithea, Attica Greece on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Well, there are only two participants, who are:

toyjoy (Singapore)

flipjargendy (Minnesota USA)


Journal Entry 25 by eirini1 from Kallithea, Attica Greece on Friday, October 06, 2006
I posted the book to toyjoy

Journal Entry 26 by toyjoy on Monday, October 16, 2006
I had receive it from eirini1, on a ray.

After reading the book, I felt that sometimes we are just like Christopher, stubborn, have our fixed set of rules. Yet, he is flexible despite that he do not like a 'certain' color, he needs to hold on to his train ticket. I myself had discovered with Christopher too.

We just need to give and take, look beyond. Look at the cars is it a good day or black day today?

Journal Entry 27 by PaulinaK from Van Nuys, California USA on Friday, February 16, 2007
WOW! I can't believe this book I now have has gone through so many hands, been read & discussed by so many people the world over. I've never been part of a "book ray" before, and don't really know how this works. I got the book via post thru BookMooch.

I'm planning on reading this out loud to my 9-year-old daughter. Any thoughts on this? Will she "get" it? If possible, let me know what you think...

Journal Entry 28 by kolliz on Tuesday, June 30, 2009
fun

CAUGHT IN NEW YORK NY USA

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