Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I loved this story because of its uniqueness. It's told from the point of view of Christopher, a boy with autism, as he tries to solve the murder-mystery of his neighbor's dog. What do we learn along the way?
* why 5 red cars means a Quite Good Day and yellow in any form always means a bad day
* how to find the dinosaur constellation
* how to show someone you love them without giving them a hug

Christopher also loves prime numbers, which is why each chapter is given a prime number starting with 2 and ending at 233. I think we all feel we are a little autistic at times, so this detail made me laugh at myself throughout the story. (For whatever reason) when I am in charge of the volume, I never turn it to a prime number. If I was Christopher's mom I'd have to change my divisible number loving ways.

Mark Haddon tells a touching story about family, while opening eyes to the beauty of every mind. And it's illustrated.

This book counts as a book with a "time of day" in its title for the What's In a Name Challenge.


stephanie said...

I really loved this novel. Really, really loved it.

Though, sometimes, I am guilty of cranking something up to an 11.

Rhubarb said...

I use divisible numbers myself..usually multiples of four.