Review for Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku from a Very Serious Dog

Review for Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku from a Very Serious Dog

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Right from the bat, I am giving this book -1 star. Going by the cover I thought this book would be full of that cute dog’s photographs. Instead the book is full of tiny little illustrations which looked like they were made in a rush. Sorry, you want an honest opinion, I give one and this is how I feel.

Another -1 star for the fact that the book is mostly just white. One Haiku each page (or 1 or two times two haiku, or 1 that stretched over the entire 2 page spread). One (often tiny) illustration on another page. It just feels empty and I wish they thought a bit more about how to format this book. Maybe it works better as physical copy, but on my tablet it certainly didn’t work. Which is a shame.

But the haiku were fun to read, and they really embody what a dog is thinking/doing/going through his life. The authors really did a great job. Quite often it just feels fake when people write something from the POV of a dog, but not in this one. Good job!

Sadly though I can’t give this book more than 1.5 stars. The haiku were the only thing I loved about this book and they get 1.5 stars from me. The illustrations, the way the book was formatted, the white space everywhere, it just didn’t work for me. Such a shame. It could have been so much better.

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