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Parent reviews for The Call of the Wild

Common Sense says

Classic animal tale of dignity and survival.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 41 reviews
Adult Written bySilly Parent 101 January 14, 2012

Terrible

It's Terrible. Period.

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Sexy stuff
Parent Written bywolf zifanwe September 16, 2012

Don't eat your dog('s) have fealing and sole.

The way the main character the dog was treated after being handed over to the man was real bad. I would not recommend any animal loving person to read this book. The `man' whom treated the dog as if his love and kindness could be changed into spite and loathing by a group treating him to some of the cruelest treatment imaginable "not good". The neurological damage the dog character suffers in unimaginable cruelty. Books as thus are little if any help.

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Adult Written bymayaderen January 13, 2012

Makes Abusing Animals Seem Normal

Terrible story about animal abuse and killing that I will never condone, no matter how much people try to pass it off as "classic". In what way is this good? It's disgusting.

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Adult Written byWolfiesKitty March 11, 2019

No.

My 14 year old freshman came home crying after starting this movie in class. I'm writing him a note to not see the rest. Dog abuse is disgusting...
Adult Written byWeeWoo February 15, 2019

A great book. (Slight Spoilers)

This is a moving book, it was disgusting how Buck was treated and abused before being sold off to an owner who loved him very much. Buck was passed around for a while after he was kidnapped. This book is depressing but really gets your feelings at times, its just an overall moving book.

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Parent Written byJen B. August 6, 2018
Parent Written byAlana D. June 26, 2017

Very violent, even the abridged versions for younger readers

This is definitely a classic read - engaging, well written, and raises all sorts of discussions on topics. I picked up an abridged version for kids, but found it still too violent for my 6 and 8 year olds. Wait until a bit older if you can.

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Adult Written byfholcomb July 3, 2016

Classic middle school novel with literary value

This book is considered a classic and is often examined in middle school. The text is written through an animal's perspective and presents opportunities for discussion on numerous themes and topics (survival, instincts, primitive elements, adapting, wilderness, animal cruelty, the inner animal, and so forth). Personally, this is not the most engaging text in the world. My students have either loved the book (typically students who gravitate to survival books) or have hated the book. This book can be challenging for sensitive students as there is animal cruelty and violence, which is detailed and specific at times. Dogs are killed by other dogs and are also put down due to illness. Also, in chapter 7, there is the use of a racially-derived term that is offensive. Overall, the text is complex with numerous underlying themes and an elaborate writing style. It is one of the fewer texts that exists that has a high Lexile level yet is appropriate for readers 6th-7th (depending on maturity of a 5th grader, it might be acceptable).

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Adult Written byseankonrad199522 May 1, 2014

Call of The Wild Review *SPOILER*

Review By Sean Konrad
Jack London's “The Call of the Wild” is about a journey of a half St. Bernerd half sheepdog named Buck. Being kidnapped from his home of comfort and luxury in California, Buck is sold and moved north illegally to Seattle. He is bought by two Canadian mailmen that need sled dogs to pull them through the winter north. During his stay with the two mailmen Francois and Perrault, Buck develops a rivalry with the lead sled dog Spitz. In Canada he encounters many changes and adventures. Buck ends up showing that he is a changed dog and has adapted to the life in the north when he kills the lead dog Spitz it a battle for who must lead the pack. London does a wonderful job of showing how Buck grows to become adapted to his new surroundings and his new way of life in the rough north. Through daring long journeys and different masters, Jack London shows how the wilderness can be cruel and an unpredictable place but Buck becomes one with the wild and begins to forget his mellow past. Buck was again traded to travelers but this time to very inexperienced sledders. Short while after Buck is Rescued by Thornton his last and most loved master. Buck experiences suffering, triumph, friendship, and love from both men and dogs throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone who loves animals, the great outdoors, and just a spectacular and adventurous style of writing and it should be read by everyone!

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Parent of a 10 year old Written bySonofKatieElder January 31, 2013

A Tale of Hardship and Endurance

life back then was harsh and this harshness is reflected is Londons writings. Violence of humans towards animals was the norm. This story takes Darwins theories to the extreme.

Jack London tells of human and animal brutality, but more importantly, survival under the harshest conditions imaginable. Discuss this with the readers and discuss how attitudes to animal welfare has changed; in some but not all socities.
Written byAnonymous November 29, 2012

The Call of the Wild

A Very Depressing but moving book. 9/10 Superb

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Parent of a 11 year old Written byDarPar April 17, 2010

Not for younger readers.

I think that this book would be a good read for children over the age of 13. However, I find the violence to be inappropriate for younger children...

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Violence & scariness