I was inspired to read this book after watching the movie, My Dog Skip. The movie was a sad story about a boy and his dog. Willie was a lonely boys with no friends, so his Mom bought him a puppy for his 9th birthday, in the hopes that he would become his best friend. It worked, of course, and Willie and Skip became inseparable!
The book, however, tells quite a different story! The book, by the way, is a true story while the movie is merely based on the book.
In actuality, the Willie in the book, was quite a popular kid. True, Skip became his best friend, but certainly not his only friend.
Once you get past the completely different portrayal of Willie Morris, this book was actually quite good.
It primarily takes place in a small town in Mississippi during WWII. The description of the adventures that Willie and Skip embarked on is quite vivid. I really felt that I was a part of this quiet little town.
It also was very interesting to read about this particular period of time. A time before video games and the Internet. A time when boys and dogs were free to roam around town. A time when everyone knew everyone in town. It was a very reminiscent account of a time that I am so removed from and that I will never experience.