The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is told from the perspective of 15-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher sees the world differently than most people; he has a mind for numbers, does not like to be touched, says almost everything he thinks, and has an uncommonly intense hatred for the color yellow. While it is never said in the book, it seems that Christopher has some form of Asperger’s or autism. When Christopher finds Wellington, his neighbor’s poodle, killed with a gardening fork, he takes on the role of detective in an attempt to uncover Wellington’s killer. His investigation ends up unearthing much more.
The book was an engaging read in that Christopher’s interactions with the world around him are different from mine. Since the book is told from his perspective the reader is able to follow the way he reasons through situations. Often Christopher takes the reader down a seemingly random path related to prime numbers, The Monty Hall Problem, or how to solve large multiplications in your head. Surprisingly, given my distaste for math, I found many of the side notes written engagingly enough that I enjoyed them. In short, if you are not offended by strong language or are comfortable skipping over the pages with strong language, you’ll find The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time a creative and entertaining read.
Rated: High. The book contains more than 30 uses of strong language, but it generally comes in waves. There were stretches of pages with virtually no objectionable content and then a page or two would surface with five to ten uses of strong language. Aside from the language there is a description of a dog that has been killed, although the description is at most mildly graphic.