Stargazing Dog

Stargazing Dog

Book - 2011
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Fed up with his down-and-out life, Daddy sets out in his car to just get away from it all to nowhere in particular. His family and friends have abandoned him. The one companion he can count on completely, his dog, follows him blindly and faithfully to the end.
Publisher: New York : NBM, 2011
ISBN: 9781561636129
Branch Call Number: YA Manga 741.5 MUR
Additional Contributors: Saisho, Atsuko
Fancutt, Spencer


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This short graphic novel was written in 2008. It is hard to believe the beginning of the Great Recession is almost 10 years old. For most Millennials this is a forgotten period. Stargazing Dog, written at the start of the economic crises, takes us on a journey about two lives caught up in the economic uncertain time. One is a divorced middle aged man and the other a middle aged Shiba Inu. We usually think of the economic crises of the last decade as effecting mainly North America but this story is set in Japan. As the author states it was written to challenge the theory of “adapt or die”. No doubt this is the saddest graphic novel I have read and is a must read for anyone who has loved a dog. It is a short, but extremely powerful story which although can be read in a few minutes the impact it leaves will remain for some time. (Submitted by Shane)

Nov 26, 2018

Very well-executed, and very touching story - the bonds we have between our human lives and the loyalty of our dogs, as well as the positive and hurtful ways we can affect their little lives. Be prepared for sadness and beauty.

Jul 11, 2018

One of the best story driven manga written. Although simply drawn the lack of prettiness emphasizes this extended metaphor about loyalty, honor, and the bond between all creatures.

Jan 28, 2018

This is a heartbreaking story about a cute fluffy white dog and a kind man who has been abandoned by everyone else in his life. Read this book with a big box of tissues nearby because there will be tears.

Sep 14, 2015

Such a sweet love story about a broken man and his loyal best friend! I cried a heap :'(

Jun 30, 2015

Yes, I know the cover looks too cute for words; the adorable dog in the midst of a field of sunflowers. Just turn the page, though, and you’ll see that this no cute little kiddie book. However, it IS funny, touching, heartwarming and ultimately heartrending. (it’s one of the few books that ever made me cry.) The police find an abandoned car in an isolated field, so a young social worker sets out to solve the mystery. Happy the dog relates most of the narrative of the first half of the book, starting with how he first came to live with his human “Daddy”. Daddy is a little lazy, and a little slow, but under his tough façade, he’s always kind, optimistic, and generous even as his life crumbles around him. Happy repays Daddy with unfailing love and loyalty to the end. In lesser hands, this would be cloying, yet it becomes achingly sad and inspiring at the same time.
The second half, "Sunflowers", depicts the young social worker intent on unraveling the mystery behind the abandoned car in the sunflower fields. As he retraces Daddy's steps, he realizes the truth behind the old saying " “To the world, you are only one being, but to one being, you are the whole world.”. Keep a kleenax handy for the last scene.

Jun 25, 2015

A very endearing tale of the strength of the bond between dog and human. It's a sad story, but a good one.

May 21, 2014

I really love this book. It's so simple, yet sad, poignant, and beautiful. I loved that humor was intertwined within the sadness, it made it a joy to read. I found the second half ("Sunflowers") to be a bit unnecessary for the story. It doesn't ruin it or anything, but it doesn't add on much either.


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May 21, 2014

Coarse Language: Some minor cursing, like usage of the "s"-word. The middle finger is given/shown.

May 21, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some blood is shown from an injury. It's kinda sad.

May 21, 2014

Other: This book is a sad story. Though the artwork looks cute and simple, I'd recommend it for older readers since it deals with a bit more mature things. Also, a dog is seen urinating often. It's kind of blunt and is meant to be comical.


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May 21, 2014

Nakkid thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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May 21, 2014

Much of the story is told from the perspective of Happie, a dog. Happie joins a family and narrates his life with them. As time goes by and the characters grow older, the family starts to fall apart. Soon, Happie is left with Daddy, the dad in the family. Daddy and Happie set out in Daddy's car and face life together. Happie doesn't always understand the unfortunate events that take place, but Daddy still tells them to Happie regardless. This is a story depicting man's best friend living up to his name.


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