Young Ben Blewitt's wish for a dog is unsatisfactorily fulfilled when he receives an embroidered wool dog from his grandparents. The busy crowded city of London is not a dog's paradise, so Ben solves his problem by keeping constant company with ""a dog so small he could only see it with his eyes shut"". At first Ben is content to wait for the uninterrupted moments before going to sleep, but soon he begins walking about with his eyes shut,- and almost inevitably is hit by a truck. Young readers will be relieved when Ben becomes the owner of a dog named Brown. This story, by the author of the Carnegle Medal-winning Tom's Midnight Garden (1958), moves at a doggedly slow pace, but nonetheless may hold the interest of young readers who yearn for a companion-in-adventure. Better suited for good readers owing to the comparatively advanced vocabulary.