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My Life In Dog Years – Gary Paulson || REVIEW

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This book has some history with me. It was actually the first nonfiction book I EVER read, in like second grade for a project. I remember really dreading it, when it was assigned, but once I picked it up I realized that I could love both fiction and nonfiction. So, did this live up to the memory I had? Let’s find out!

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Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs. In each chapter he tells of one special dog, among them Cookie, the sled dog who saved his life; Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Dirk, the grim protector; and his true friend Josh, a brilliant border collie.

Rated G (fun for all ages) : 137 pages

The Good:

  • Let’s just get this out of the way early. Gary Paulsen is an amazing writer, he makes you feel like you are there with him whether it be fiction or nonfiction. I had forgotten how much I loved him, but picking this up brought me straight back to reading this book and his other works like Hatchet and Dogsong.
  • It is a really innovative set up for an autobiography, as each chapter revolves around a different dog that Paulsen had, and what happened in his life with each dog. It’s so fun to hear about Paulsen’s life at the same time as hearing a heartwarming or funny (or both ) pet story.
  • Each chapter is titled with the dog’s name and includes an illustrated picture of what the dog looked like. It is a nice reference to look back to during the chapter, so you can have a proper mental image of what Paulsen is explaining.
  • Ok, maybe I have a soft spot for feel good pet stories. Seriously, anything about a pet I’m bound to love!
  • Paulsen seems to have had a really interesting life. He moved around a lot and didn’t seem to have a great relationship with his parents. I know it was probably a terrible time in his own life, but I enjoyed hearing about it (does that make me horrible?).

The Bad:

  • I wish it was longer, and I realize it was probably more geared to second grade Kyleigh, but I just wanted MORE. If you know of a more adult biography about Paulsen, please tell me.


  • Story – 4.5/5 (Paulen’s life was definitely interesting. I wish we heard more about it though.)
  • Characters – 4.5 (I’m counting the dogs characters, and they all have their own personalities and I would love to hear more about each more.)
  • Writing – 5/5 (Amazing!)
  • Uniqueness – 5/5 (I’ve never seen an (auto)biography set up this way. It is super fun and interesting)

Overall I give this 4.75 pigs named Pig out of 5!

Have you read this book? What is your favorite (auto)biography or memoir? I would love to know!



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Check out my last post on my Top 5 (and 1 Worst) books of 2016 HERE!



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