Told for the first time, here is the story of a stray dog who eventually became affectionately known as Sergeant Stubby, the most famous war dog of World War I. Beloved award-winning children's author Ann Bausum brings her friendly writing style and in-depth research to her first book for adults.
Stubby's story begins in 1917 when America is about to enter the war. A stray dog befriends Private J. Robert "Bob" Conroy at the Connecticut National Guard camp at Yale University, and the two become inseparable, eventually crossing an ocean and going to war together. What follows is an epic tale of how man's best friend becomes an invaluable soldier on the front lines and in the trenches, a decorated war hero, and an inspiration to a country long after the troops returned home.
What disappointed you about Sergeant Stubby?
The narrator was distracting, using entirely the wrong tone for the serious topic. Also, the writing was rather puerile. Multiple times the author over-sized the word "literally," and the narrator's obvious amusement over the weak-but-oft-repeated joke was infuriating. Yes, it's a story about WWI, we know that they are "literally" in the trenches. It's not funny. And with hundreds of thousands of people dead, it's not an appropriate joke either.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The foreword, written by the grandson of Sgt Stubby's owner, who is himself a veteran suffering from PTSD, was probably the best part. Heart wrenching, personal, vulnerable, uplifting, and warm. That section also had a better narrator. Wish that guy had done the whole story.
What didn’t you like about Pam Ward’s performance?
She used a light, jovial, almost sing-song tone, entirely inappropriate for a story about a war. She almost sounded happy, like she was telling a joke, when reciting gruesome casualty numbers. It was highly distracting and occasionally infuriating.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
I was really looking forward to this story. I loved the foreword. I barely made it through the main narration.