My First Review: Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata


I picked Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam because it is a Maud Hart Lovelace Nominee for 2009. I was a little worried at first to begin reading this book because I was scared it would have a lot of guns, war, blood and dying. It turned to have not a lot of that at all!

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam is a story about an amazing dog named well, Cracker. She started out with her old 11-year-old owner named Willie, whose father lost his jobs so, now he has to live in an apartment. That means he had to give Cracker up to the U.S. Army because the landlord says he can’t keep her anymore. After that Cracker was given to her handler Rick.

Rick is a boy from a small town in Wisconsin who saved a little boy's life. He thought he would make a good dog handler in the army. Rick and Cracker struggled at first, but made their way to the top of the class. While in Vietnam they went on a secret mission and saved both their and others’ lives. Also, they made new friends while on the job. Cracker and Rick got so close when they were training, but it got to be a struggle when they were in Vietnam.

My favorite part in this book was when Rick was thinking about a time when Cracker started drooling when she saw a chicken. When I read it, I just laughed out loud. I even had to show my brother, Max it! I also, really liked that part when Cracker was saying the places they were going in her own way like Benwa instead of Bein Hoa. 🙂

Overall, I just loved the book! The only thing I would change about the book is that I wanted Cynthia Kadohata to add more parts when Cracker is thinking on her own. There are just a few little paragraphs where Cracker is thinking by herself about things that are going around her. My rating for this book would be 4 ? or 5 out of 5 stars!

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  1. Jodi Chromey 15.Aug.09 at 10:44 am

    Nice work, Jaycie. I can’t wait to read more reviews from you.

  2. Jaycie Kimball 15.Aug.09 at 10:53 am


  3. Kassie 15.Aug.09 at 12:13 pm

    This is great. We need more young book lovers and reviewers out there. Nice job.

  4. Lori 15.Aug.09 at 3:01 pm

    Wow. That was a great review. Now I want to read about Cracker!

  5. gabby 20.Apr.10 at 3:55 pm

    craker is the best ive read it a hundred times the best book

  6. Edward Sweeny 06.Jan.11 at 10:34 pm

    Good review read the book and loved keep writing reviews you rock!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Edward Sweeny 06.Jan.11 at 10:36 pm


  8. justin 05.Jun.11 at 9:25 pm

    i really like the book because i have german shepard like the one in the book. GOOD JOB!!!!! =)

  9. Pete 12.Aug.11 at 11:04 am

    Hey, you do know that Willie is a dude right?

  10. Conrad bon Strangel 22.Aug.11 at 10:33 pm

    Cracker was awesome. I’d read it 100 times, then 100 more times! I love the story of Rick and Cracker, A determined dog and man

  11. Melissa 05.Jan.12 at 9:26 am

    My dog’s name is Cracker! lol


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