I know this is a classic, but I did not enjoy reading it to my kids. I thought the writing was just awful. There was so much unnecessary repetition, even my 10 yr old was exasperated by it. And the title is misleading; the book is not about the dog; almost the entire thing is about Rachel and Jerry *looking* for the dog. And the illustrations (by the author) are horrible. I wanted to bail but Lena wanted to finish, so we did.