Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein
Children adaptation of the adult book! Yay! My favorite adult book now available for kids!!
The Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein
New York: Harper Collins, 2008.
Life actually parallels race car driving in many ways as told by Enzo, the family dog. That’s right from a dog–you get a wonderful new perspective of family life and what it means to be the family pet in this wonderful story.
Racing in the Rain, tells the story of Danny, who always wanted to be a race car driver and how a wife, a daughter and a dog changed the road conditions from dry to wet. In dry condition a driver knows what to expect but in the rain a driver needs to be focused, needs to anticipate others moves and needs to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Danny put his dreams of being a driver on the back burner when he falls in love with his wife and then his daughter. Enzo knows how Danny aches to be racing, because Danny tells Enzo everything—in fact Danny and Enzo often watch racing on the television together.
I loved the insights Enzo has about being a dog—from wishing that he had thumbs to a tongue that he could use to talk. After all the listening the dog has done—he has some very wise and thoughtful things he would like to say to his family.
The family dog tells this story of family fun, love, anger, heartbreak and hope.
I loved, loved this story! I will never look at my dog the same again! 🙂