THE AMAZING MR. PROTHERO by Honor Arundel

THE AMAZING MR. PROTHERO

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Simply, a story about a girl and her dog -- a rather special one who speaks occasionally in a gruff voice and jealously guards his dignity, demanding to be called Mr. Prothero because ""I'm sick of this eternal Scamp."" Prothero, despite his superficial grouchiness, comes to Julia's aid in a series of three challenges of escalating seriousness: helping her buy a birthday present for her mother, rescuing her from a group of bullies at school and catching baby brother Roddy's runaway carriage. For all of Mr. Prothero's ""amazing"" qualities, these episodes are recounted quietly and rather undramatically, but dog owners will appreciate Prothero's delicate ego (he refers to the new baby as ""squawling kidlet"" and ""little pieface"" until his protective instincts come to the fore in the baby carriage rescue) and empathize with Julia's recognition of her ordinary looking dog's complex personality.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1972
Publisher: Nelson