Graphic Novel Review: Stargazing Dog

Graphic Novel Review: Stargazing DogStargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami
Published by NBM Publishing on November 1st 2011
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 128
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Translated from the Japanese bestseller, this story centers on Oto-san, a man who finds himself abandoned by his family and friends with nothing in his life happening the way he had planned. He embarks on a road trip to escape it all, and he soon discovers the only one he can count on completely is his faithful, recently adopted dog, who helps him see the light at the end of the tunnel. Illustrating the valuable lessons of friendship and loyalty, this is a heartwarming tale of two endearing characters and their shared adventure into the unknown.

Stargazing Dog is one of the most touching stories I have read. I love books about the loyalty of dogs and having the first story set from the point of view of the dog just tore up my heart as a reader. I am so glad this book was translated and published in America because it translates so well into our society. The owner of the dog loses a lot in his life, but does everything he can to provide for the dog.

Having the point of view of the dog really put the book into perspective and was able to show such a compelling story that I could not put this one down. I love the illustrations, which brings the whole story together. The message conveyed throughout the graphic novel wishes I had my own dog and what friendship stems from the love of this loyal animal.

The second story is from the point of view of one of the men that is investigating what happened to this dog and man in a car in a field of sunflowers. The symbolism behind those flowers adds to the story and I love the aspect of showing the aftermath of wondering what happened to this pair.

Final Verdict: Stargazing Dog is a touching story that will break your heart as you see the truest form of a relationship between a man and his dog.

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