Review of “The Curious Incident” of the Summer Reading Selection

Review of

Jorie Calabrese, Associate Editor

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is about Christopher Boone, who lives with his father, while their neighbor, Mrs. Shears, helps look after them from time time since Christopher’s mother died. Christopher has autism, which comes through as he narrates the story.

Early in the novel the reader learns that Mrs. Shears’ dog, Wellington, has been killed and Christopher intends to find out who the murderer is, even though his father wants him to stay out of it. Christopher’s teacher, Siobhan, encourages Christopher to keep a journal, and he decides to write about Wellington’s murder, because he likes to read murder mysteries. As Christopher investigates Wellington’s murder, he learns new things about himself that his father had been hiding that changes his entire perspective.

The book’s pace changes as Christopher’s adventures becomes a quest to find the truth that he’s been denied for the last two years. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an honest story that lets readers empathize fully with Christopher through Haddon’s brilliant writing. Christopher’s fears, frustrations, and reliefs are felt clearly by the readers as they follow his story. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a great read that helps readers learn and grow by experiencing life through Christopher’s eyes.