The author's podlgree undoubtedly explains how this dog story made it into print. She is the 10-year-old daughter of Eleanor Clark and Robert Penn Warren. Told in the words of the dog, Joey, it covers one year in his life -- from purchase through seemingly endless toilet training to his first birthday. Joey's trip through his first year is a bland collection of home-based incident. Miss Warren is at her best in the invention of the 'conversations' that take place between Joey and another dog which reveal an ear for casual banter. For any 10-year-old in our society to sit down and finish a short book is something of a feat. For a 10-year-old to try and bring a stylized difference (such as puppy first-person) to the story being told is a commendable effort, even if the product only comes out as typical 10-year-old. The illustrations by Robert Mokie are broad cartoons that attempt to lend more humor to the attempted humor of the text.