Friday, April 25, 2008

Mock Printz: Dingo by Charles de Lint

Title: Dingo
Author: Charles de Lint
Publisher: Firebird
ISBN: 978-0-14-240816-2
Starred Review: Publishers' Weekly
Dingo is an enjoyable, quick read fantasy. Miguel falls in love with a twin sister with amazing abilities to shape-sift into a dingo. The twin meets him when she inadvertently walks into his father's comic book collectible shop. The plot thickens when Miguel starts having dreams of a man who is trapped in a tree and threatens Miguel to bring the girl/dingo to him. This story has a nice father son relationship as well as the traditional bad kid in town who turns out to be not so bad in the end. This is a good read and worth having in a collection but I highly doubt it will be a Printz contender.

Susan Rappaport, Rutherford Public Library

1 comment:

BookWyrm said...

I think there is more to de Lint's short fantasy than you give it credit for. That bad kid who isn't so bad also admits that part of him enjoys being the bully even though he hates himself for it and linking Miguel's mother's christianity with the spiritualism of the shape changing/animal spirits went by a bit quick, but it was there.
Even with all that, I don't think there is enough of a plot there for Dingo to be a Printz contender.