There Is No Dog
by Rosoff, Meg

Possessing omnipotent powers through which he created the earth, Bob inadvertently triggers natural disasters every time he falls in love and is attended by his beleaguered assistant, Mr. B., who fears the worst when the irresistible Lucy enters Bob's life.

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, USA. She has worked in publishing, public relations and most recently advertising, but thinks the best job in the world would be head gardener for Regents Park. Meg lives in Highbury, North London. She is the author ofJust in Case, What I Was and How I Live Now.

*Starred Review* Have you ever wondered why there are earthquakes and hurricanes? Why plans fail and lovers break up? How an omnipotent deity lets evil occur in the world? Would it help if I told you God is a teenage boy? That's the premise of Printz-winner Rosoff's new novel. Long story short, Mona, the mother of Bob (aka God), wins Earth in a poker game. What mother doesn't want to see her son get ahead? So Bob gets the job In the Beginning, but like so many teenage boys he often can't see past his nether regions. And besides, he's a bit thick and won't buckle down, so fortunately the overworked Mr. B. has been designated as Bob's companion/assistant. Think Arthur (Dudley Moore) and his butler (John Gielgud). Then Bob falls for Lucy, a beautiful zoo worker, and Mr. B. knows all hell is going to break loose. It happens every time Bob gets involved with a human. Wildly inventive and laugh-out-loud funny, the story is told from the points of view of various characters: long-suffering Mr. B., virginal Lucy, dingbat Mona, and, of course, petulant, powerful, pissant Bob. In many ways, the book's parts add up to more than its sum, but it is not often that a book comes along that is both arch and thoughtful, silly and smart. This one's not quite like anything else out there. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Bad luck for Earth that the job of the Almighty went to a horny, indolent teenager named Bob whose mother, Mona, won it in a poker game. In a few flashes of brilliance, Bob created the heavens and the earth, adding short-lived mortals in his own image, which seemed like a colossal mistake to his assistant, Mr. B. Humankind has been dealing with God's adolescent mood swings ever since. If Bob seduces one more girl, it'll be the end of Mr. B's rope—he's already considering turning in his resignation. A veteran of middle management, he's having his own identity crisis. While Bob fantasizes about "soapy sex" with Lucy, an assistant zookeeper praying for someone to fall in love with, the world drowns in Bob's bathwater. Meanwhile, Bob's pet, Eck, a penguin-like little creature with far more empathy than his owner possesses, is the latest victim of Mona's excesses. Beneath the light, snarky banter lie provocative ideas. As Bob himself wonders, "if life were without flaws and no one ever changed or died, what role would God have?" A piece of graffiti spurs Bob to get his planet under control, to surprising effect. Irreverent and funny, this book is sure to put off those concerned about blasphemous ideas showing up in teen literature, but it earns its place among the sharpest-witted tours de force of recent memory. (Fiction. 14 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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