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Review: Throw the Damn Ball

October 24, 2013
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Throw the Damn Ball

Throw the Damn Ball: Classic Poetry by Dogs by R. D. Rosen, Harry Prichett, and Rob Battles is a collection of over 100 short poems written from a dog’s point of view.  In the introduction, the editors state,

These poems challenge us not to hold our noses at the mention of poop, pee, and flatulence, and to explore their deeper meanings.

They’re not kidding when they say that, so some of the poems were a little too crude for me.  As a dog lover, I just can’t believe they think anything but sweet, loving thoughts and I did enjoy the poems that reflected that.


Here’s how you can tell that I love you much more
Than your ungrateful children or hectoring wife:
When you walk, as you do every night, through the door,
It’s the happiest moment in this doggie’s life.

Long Beach, New York

Most of the poems are only one page long and they all feature a photo of a gorgeous canine.  This small book would make a cute gift for the dog lover in your life.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
23 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2013 5:52 am

    I’ll look for this one – might be a good gift idea.

  2. October 24, 2013 7:36 am

    I have a copy but haven’t yet had a chance to read it.

  3. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 24, 2013 8:43 am

    How funny. What a great gift for an animal lover.

  4. October 24, 2013 10:10 am

    Lol. This sounds fantastic. Even the crude poems (I can always stick those pages together!) seem like they might be quite fun to read. We shall see. I shall definitely keep this one in mind as xmas rolls around – I know at least one lady who might like it. She is in her 80s though – what size is the type? Great review honey.

  5. Patty permalink
    October 24, 2013 10:15 am

    Now that is an interesting book…and unusual!

  6. Patty permalink
    October 24, 2013 10:15 am

    I wonder if there is a kitty one!

  7. October 24, 2013 12:01 pm

    My husband would probably like this – sounds like a guy thing – but I’m with you, I think of sunshine and puppies not poop and pee!

  8. sandynawrot permalink
    October 24, 2013 12:23 pm

    That title makes me laugh! I’m sure if I read this, I would even become more obsessed with getting a dog. I found one last weekend at an adoption event that I worked at, and I fell in love. My husband said NO 🙂 Anyway, I doubt the crude stuff would bother me. Dogs do pretty crude things.

  9. October 24, 2013 1:25 pm

    This sounds hilarious and would make a great gift book.

  10. October 24, 2013 2:20 pm

    It looks cute!

  11. October 24, 2013 2:36 pm

    Mmm…poetry from a dog’s point of view. Maybe my kids would like this one.

    • October 24, 2013 2:37 pm

      I didn’t think to mention it, but this is not a book for kids!

      Sent from my iPhone


  12. October 24, 2013 5:21 pm

    I can think of a few dog lovers that would get a kick out of this book.

  13. October 24, 2013 7:30 pm

    This one sounds so cute! I read another book last year, written from dogs’ perspective and that was a lot of fun to read. This should be one that I will enjoy.

  14. October 24, 2013 7:35 pm

    I like the sound of this one! One for my wish list.

  15. October 24, 2013 8:06 pm

    I like it when someone thinks of a way to get folks to read poetry when they ordinarily wouldn’t!

  16. October 24, 2013 8:17 pm

    oh that sounds adorable, like it would be the perfect gift for the doglovers I know who aren’t otherwise readers! thanks for the heads up!

  17. October 24, 2013 9:24 pm

    This would be a perfect gift for my daughter!

  18. October 25, 2013 6:55 pm

    Or me… the cute little dog lover 🙂 PERFECT!!

  19. October 26, 2013 8:40 am

    Totally agree with your assessment. I was hoping for something one could share with kids, but not this one!

  20. October 29, 2013 10:02 pm

    I actually know someone this would be perfect for!

  21. bookingmama permalink
    October 30, 2013 6:19 pm

    Great idea for a holiday gift especially for dog lovers. I should probably just skim this one.

  22. October 31, 2013 10:35 am

    I have to offer up an alternative, especially for those who worry about the crude bits. A friend just sent us “I Could Chew on This: and other poems by dogs” and it is hilarious and adorable. Full of very cute photos of dogs, too. My daughters not only devoured it, they have memorized many of the poems. Would definitely recommend for dog lovers’ stocking stuffers. Here’s the goodreads link:

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