The Bottom Line
- Quick, fun read
- Barry is funny
- 'Shepherd' is nostalgic without being overly sentimental
- This is not a long or particularly substanative novel.
- The story of a Christmas pageant, young love and family dog told from a boy's perspective.
- 1960s-specific references and illustrations fill the pages.
- This is a happy Christmas story marked by Barry's humor.
- Released in November 2006. 128 pages.
Guide Review - 'The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog' by Dave Barry
In The Shepherd, Barry writes from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy named Doug. Doug is a shepherd in the annual Christmas pageant, but is worried because his young love is playing Mary across from a seemingly perfect Joseph. Meanwhile, the family dog's health is failing fast and his parents aren't sure what to tell his little sister, who is on love with the dog.
The Shepherd has a simple plot, but Barry manages to weave in funny observation after funny observation, with many tangential anecdotes that will make you laugh. If you are looking for a quick read to get you in the Christmas spirit, Dave Barry's The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog is a good choice.