Dog on the Roof by Bruce Kluger and David Slavin is a humorous political satire about Mitt Romney’s infamous tale of the family vacation with their dog on the roof. Clever illustrations by Colleen Clapp make this a quick and very funny read during this election year.
“They were the typical American family on a typical American road trip—Dad behind the wheel, Mom in the passenger seat, their five adorable kids piled in the back. And, of course, their beloved dog strapped to the roof.
Wait . . . what?
Now for the first time, here is the completely true—and only mildly embellished— shaggy-dog story of Seamus Romney, the famously fetching Irish setter whose master, future presidential candidate Mitt Romney, plopped him atop the family station wagon for that infamous 1983 car trip. From the majesty of Mount Rushmore to the fabulousness of San Francisco, from the sacred temple of Salt Lake City to the hallowed halls of Washington, D.C., here at last is Seamus’s rooftop account of that headline-grabbing journey . . . unleashed.
Doggedly chronicled by satirists Bruce Kluger and David Slavin (NPR’s All Things Considered), and cleverly illustrated by Colleen Clapp (The Chris Matthews Show, NBC News), this American tale is more than just the story of a dog on a hot tin roof. It is the inside (well . . . overhead) look at the Man Who Would Be President and the wild ride that’s sweeping—and bewildering—the nation.” – Dog on the Roof
Dog on the Roof is an enjoyable, fun, and short read. It is a book that pokes fun at one of the guys that might lead our country, but without freedom of speech, what does our country really have? I think if Mitt Romney reads it, he’d get at least a couple laughs out of it, too. I mean, I wonder what his dog Seamus thought the entire trip up there on that roof.
I think this was a smartly written book that is genuinely funny without demeaning one political party over the other. I enjoyed it and definitely recommend it for everyone to read, no matter which political party you are in.
* Thank you to the publisher of Dog on the Roof, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.