Staff Reviews

When Mr Dog Bites

When Mr Dog Bites

By Brian Canaghan

“ he ‘Couldn’t give a Friar Tuck as this dame was nothing but sex on wonky donky legs! ”

Before I start I should warn you that this book is NOT suitable for parents.

 Imagine, for a moment, that you are trying to explain to your teacher why you haven’t done your homework, and instead of giving some lame excuse or apology, you hurl abuse at your teacher! Or…you’re attempting to chat up a cute girl and you suddenly call her some very offensive names! Some people really do have this problem – at times, especially when they are stressed or nervous,  they have no control over what comes out of their mouths. The condition is called Tourette’s syndrome, and to make things even worse, it also manifests with uncontrollable little movements called tics and occasional violent outbursts.

 Dylan is 16 and he has Tourette’s. He calls his problems ‘Mr Dog’, and usually he has a fair idea when ‘Mr Dog’ is about to bite, but that doesn’t mean he can stop it. Otherwise he’s just a normal teenager who hangs out with his best mate Amir and helps him  stand up to the school bully, who puts up with his annoying parents, and  plans his seduction of Michelle Molloy. She has one leg shorter than the other, but Dylan says he ‘Couldn’t give a Friar Tuck as this dame was nothing but sex on wonky donky legs!

 When he infers from a doctor’s comment that his life will end soon, Dylan makes a short list of things to do before he, as he puts it, ‘cacks it’. These include having real sexual intercourse with a girl, and getting his Dad back from the war.His attempts are often cringe-worthy and hilarious at the same time, and Dylan has such a wicked sense of humour that he’s often laughing with you.

 If you enjoyed a Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, if you can handle a lot of non-gratuitous swearing and you’d like a light and funny but also interesting book for the holidays, I’d recommend this one.

Reviewed by Michelle Sweeney