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The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale. 277 p. Crown Books for Young Readers/ Random House Children's Books, January, 2017. 9780553537369.
Publisher synopsis: For fans of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom comes an offbeat, comedic spin on the Excalibur legend told from the point of view of a talking dog who wants to be a magician!
Meet Nosewise. He’s spunky. He’s curious. And he’s a dog who can’t understand why his pack mates Merlin and Morgana spend all day practicing magic tricks. If it’s a trick they want, he’s the dog to ask! He can already Sit!, Stay!, and Roll Over!
But there’s no way Nosewise is Stay!ing when his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped. There’s nothing Nosewise won’t do to get Merlin back, even if it means facing the strange Fae people and their magic-eating worms, or tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone. But it may take more than sniffing out a spell to do it!
Nosewise’s hilarious escapades and steadfast loyalty get him and his companions through King Arthur’s Dark Ages.
First Line: All dogs hate doors. They keep you inside when you want to go outside and outside when everyone else is inside.
Page 56: I saw merlin widen his stance and lift his staff. he held it for a moment while the Asteria glowed. Then he leveled it at Lord Destrian and unleashed a fireball as big as a bushel of hay.
It hurtled through the smoking air, but the worms whipped around and dove into the fire like it was an enormous apple. in a moment it was extinguished, and the worms grew larger in the smoke.
I just love King Arthur retellings and have high hope for this one.