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5 stars for Rutherford, Canine Comic by @JohnMadormo #middlegrade #humor #fiction #bookreview

Title: Rutherford, Canine Comic

Author: John V. Madormo

Genre: Middle-Grade Fiction

Book Blurb:

Some dogs fetch sticks. Others roll over. Some even play dead. But have you ever heard of a dog who tells jokes? Meet Rutherford--a bona fide stand-up comedian. Rutherford, Canine Comic is the first book in a middle-grade novel series told from the perspective of the title character. It features the exploits of a basset hound whose only goal in life is to become a faithful and fearless family watchdog. But when an accident with a pickup truck on a dark dirt road leaves Rutherford with two broken legs, his dreams of protecting the hearth soon fade.

My Review:

On the face of it, this is a brilliant book about a dog who tells jokes. Some of the jokes are so funny, you better not be drinking anything when you read them! They are at times Laugh Out Loud funny!

The interesting part of Rutherford, Canine Comic is how there are deeper issues at play. There is a strong statement made about the acceptance of those who are different. This is a very strong and compelling statement from what is a lighthearted book. Further, there is another point made in regards to the hardships faced by comics trying to get into the biz. The reader can almost see Rutherford as a good comic trying to get into the Vegas Strip in the mid-1950s.

Well written, Rutherford, Canine Comic flows between lighthearted comedy and some important issues that are on the forefront today. A worthwhile read that will leave you both smiling and laughing yet at the same time wiser. Danny (from Danny the Dog fame) may be the king of whimsy, while Rutherford laughs while dealing with serious issues. Recommended to dog lovers everywhere and those who want to laugh while thinking about life.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

John Madormo, a Chicago area screenwriter, author, and college professor, has created a body of work that has attracted the attention of motion picture producers and publishers. John has sold a family comedy screenplay to a Los Angeles production company, is the author of a mystery series with a major New York publisher, and was recently named the Grand Prize winner of a national writing competition.

Here are just a few of his accomplishments:

- John is the author of a four-book series with Penguin Books for Young Readers. The middle-grade mystery series, "Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire," is a tale about yours truly, a 12-year-old private detective, who sets up shop in his parents' garage and solves cases for fellow sixth-grade classmates. The debut novel, "The Homemade Stuffing Caper," was released in May, 2012. The sequel, "The Camp Phoenix Caper," was released in February, 2013. Book #3 in the series, "The Copy Cat Caper," hit bookstore shelves in September, 2013. And Book#4 debuted in 2017.

- John sold a family comedy screenplay, "Coach Dracula," to Dog & Rooster Productions, Studio City, CA. (Sheri Bryant will produce; Greg Aronowitz will direct).

- He optioned a family comedy screenplay, "Two-Faced," to Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") Enterprises. Ms. Roberts and her manager-son, Michael Cannata, held the rights for 3 years.

- John Madormo completed a screenplay adaptation of the young adult novel, "The Ghost of Lizard Light" by Elvira Woodruff, for Flatiron Films (producers of the 2000 release, "Pay It Forward," starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt).

- John signed a contract with Zumaya Publications (Austin, TX) for a middle-grade series titled, “The Adventures of Rutherford, Canine Comic.” Book 1 debuted in September of 2020.

- He signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press (Adams Basin, NY) for a young adult novel titled, “The Summer of Guinevere.” The book was released in the spring of 2019.

- John also signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press (Adams Basin, NY) for a young adult novel titled, “The Autumn of Andie.” The book will be released in the summer of 2020.

John has placed in the following screenwriting competitions:

- Grand Prize winner in the Reno Film Festival Best Synopsis Contest, and received First Place Award for Best Family Film Synopsis ("Paulie Perkins, P.I.")

- First Place winner for Best Family Film Synopsis at the Reno Film Festival for Best Synopsis Contest ("Dream Machine").

- Top 10 finalist in the BenderSpink Open Door Screenwriting Contest ("Paulie Perkins, P.I.)

- Finalist in the StoryPros Award Screenplay Contest ("Paulie Perkins, P.I.")

- 2nd Place in the Comedy Division of the Chicago Screenwriters Network Midwest Screenwriting Contest ("The Boys' Club")

- Top Ten Finalist in the Movie Script Contest Golden Brad Awards ("The Boys' Club")

- Semi-Finalist in the Scriptapalooza International Screenplay Competition ("The Boys' Club")

- Finalist in the International Writing Competition ("Kid Comedy")

John has also entered into option agreements with the following production companies:

Paulette Breen Productions

Flatiron Films

Rearguard Productions

Bonnie Raskin Productions

Anton Communications

Awesome Entertainment

Brainstorm Media

Doris Roberts Enterprises

Dog & Rooster Productions

You can read more about John's writing projects at

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Reviewed by: Mr. N


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