The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Book - 2004
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Fifteen-year-old Christopher has a photographic memory. He understands maths. He understands science. What he can't understand are other human beings. When he finds his neighbour's dog, Wellington, lying dead on a neighbour's lawn, he decides to track down the killer and write a murder mystery novel about it. In doing so, however, he uncovers other mysteries that threaten to bring his whole world crashing down around him.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Anchor Canada, 2004.
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780385659802
Characteristics: 226 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

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Jul 02, 2020

The book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is about an autistic teenager named Christopher attempting to solve the mystery of his neighbour’s killed poodle and writing a novel based on it. The plot wasn’t as intense as other detective novels but I believe the meaning of the book and the unique writing perspective is what makes the book truly amazing. The author is incredible at describing and throughout the entire book you’ll see the world from Christopher’s eyes. During his adventure you’ll feel his bravery and sense what he is capable of doing, watching Christopher overcome his disability, sensitivities, and fears are very encouraging. In the book the author did not mention Christopher's autism, only for the readers to see him as a normal person but different, helping us observe the goods of those who are troubled by disabilities and accept them. The book also contains components of honesty and trust within a family that I thought was very interesting. The book was heartened by showing a process of growth of a disabled individual and I would rate this book a ⅘ star, strongly recommending it to those seeking to read a sincere book.@Mr.WuKong of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jun 04, 2020

Loved it!

Mar 28, 2020

The voice of this story, an autistic 15 year-old boy, make it a fascinating read and a very human novel.

Jan 13, 2020

Read for book club. I enjoyed it, mostly, because it was interesting and entertaining. Also very informative for how a person with autism's brain might work.

But too much swearing, and his parents were so awful and yet the author wrapped it all up like everything was fine at the end.

Nov 15, 2019

This book is awesome! Protagonist of the story is autism teenager one who express his feelings throughout the book. It all about what’s he thinking ! It opened up whole new perspective about thinking style. Book has maths, pictures and information about various Topics. It has emotions too. Must read book. Loved it 5 star for the book .

Oct 15, 2019

Before I share my opinions about this book, please forgive me for potentially criticizing the characters within this book.
In my opinion, I think the story is great. Especially the scene when Christopher's dad found his only son and was asking him to come home, it almost brought me to the verge of tears. Also, at the end when his mom finally acquiesced his father to talk to Christopher made me very sensitive too. However, though the plots were good, I disliked the personality of Christopher the protagonist. His personality is kind of weird. For instance, why would he think that his father is going to murder him just because his father killed one of his neighbour's dog? Why would the author put such a weird person as the protagonist? But disliking him does not mean that I dislike his family as well. For instance, he had gotten a very patient father who loves his son very, very much. As for me, I would much rather stay with this kind of dad if my parents had a divorce.
This book is a family story which I liked very much because it's often warming my heart when I read it. Thus if I were to give the book a mark out of 5 I think I would give 4 marks: 2 for the characters and 2 for the plot.
@tiny_astronaut of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jul 31, 2019

There's something so endearing about a Autisic boy with all the smarts behind the anxiety. So hontest . Loved it.

May 26, 2019

I would have given this book more stars for Christopher's narrative and behavior except for the secret of the perpetrator of the "curious incident of the dog". Anyone who could murder a dog in this way would / should never be deserving of trust. The discovery of the killer murdered Christopher's trust and mine. I found it too disturbing to "enjoy" the rest of the book. Cannot recommend, especially for young people. Kristi & Abby Tabby #metoo - I know what the murder of trust means.

Mar 28, 2019

Is now a musical!

pb001 Jan 31, 2019

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Laura_X Aug 03, 2018

On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.

May 24, 2018

'...But sometimes we get sad about things and we don't like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes we are sad but we don't really know we are sad. So we say we aren't sad. But really we are.'

May 17, 2016

But in life you have to take lots of decisions and if you don't take decisions you would never do anything because you would spend all your time choosing between things you could do. So it is good to have a reason why you hate some things and you like others.

May 17, 2016

'...But sometimes we get sad about things and we don't like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes we are sad but we don't really know we are sad. So we say we aren't sad. But really we are.'

May 17, 2016

And this shows that sometimes people want to be stupid and they do not want to know the truth.
And it shows that something called Occam's razor is true. And Occam's razor is not a razor that men shave with but a Law, and it says
Entia non sunt multiplicanda praetor necessitate.
Which is Latin and it means
No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary.

May 17, 2016

And when the universe has finished exploding, all the stars will slow down, like a ball that has been thrown into the air, and they will come to a halt and they will all begin to fall toward the center of the universe again. And then there will be nothing to stop us from seeing all the stars in the world because they will all be moving toward us, gradually faster and faster, and we will know that the world is going to end soon because when we look up into the sky at night there will be no darkness, just the blazing light of billions and billions of stars, all falling.


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Jun 23, 2016

Christopher was the protagonist character in the story. One day he saw a neighbor dog killed with a garden fork or rank. However he was wondering who might have been killed that dog. He took a responsibility,or he became a detective. He asked several neighbors if they had seen anyone who was killing Mrs. Shears's dog. Everyone refused and they told him they didn't see anything. One day one neighbor told him about his father. Christopher also used a secret book to write what happen or he was seeing by not showing his father. However, since the father had told him his mom had died due to heart attack, Christopher assumed his mother is dead already. He thought he has no mother anymore. One day Christopher's father found out that Christopher was detecting about the dead dog. Then he command Christopher not to go any neighbors house because Christopher's father was the murderer of the dog. He warned Christopher not even to take another step. He also founds Christopher's secret book and he hide it. His mom was still alive instead she lives in a different place, London. Christopher's mother had written a letter for several times. By contrast, Mr. Shears kept hiding the letter because he told Christopher already that his mom died because she had a heart attack. All in all Christopher's father told Christopher that he killed the neighbor's dog because Mrs. Shears doesn't wanted to live with him and the purpose was to piss her off. And he forgive Christopher for his brainwashing thoughts. Moreover, Christopher decided not to live with his father because he thought his father might kill him as well just like the dog. So Christopher move to London to find his mother and he brings her back to his father's house.

blue_butterfly_2610 Aug 31, 2013

Christopher John Francis Boone is a strange boy. One who does not like being yelled at or even touch. He knows all the countries in the world and every prime number up to 7,057. He detests the color yellow and brown. In this book Christopher not only solves the mystery of the killing of Wellington he writes a book about it. At the end he finds himself finding his so called dead mother.

SaanichLori Apr 26, 2011

A 15 year old autistic boy finds his neighbour's poodle dead with a garden fork through its body. At first he is accused of the murder, but after he is cleared, he decides to find out who the killer is.

Interesting note: the chapters are not sequential number, but rather prime numbers.


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anythingfantasygoes Aug 14, 2013

Coarse Language: This book has quite an amount of curse words in it, which is to be expected, sine it is in the young adult section.

Aug 08, 2011

Coarse Language: this book has some coarse languages throughout the story

Feb 10, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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