Here's what The Girl (age 9) had to say:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is about a china rabbit who was lost in the sea. He went on an adventure to get back to his owner. Edward Tulane met up with several different people on his journey, such as an old fisherman. I liked when a dog drooled on Edward Tulane.
This was my favorite part:
Once, while Abilene was at school, the neighbor's dog, a male brindled boxer inexplicably named Rosie, came into the house uninvited and unannounced and lifted his leg on the dining room table, spraying the white tablecloth with urine. He then trotted over and sniffed Edward, and before Edward even had time to consider the implications of being sniffed by a dog, he was in Rosie's mouth and Rosie was shaking him back and forth vigorously, growling and drooling.This story was funny in some parts, and that's why I think other people should read it.
...Edward's silk suit was stained with drool and his head ached for several days afterward, but it was his ego that had suffered the most damage. Abilene's mother had referred to him as "it," and she was more outraged at the dog urine on her tablecloth than she was about the indignities that Edward had suffered at the jaws of Rosie. (pages 15-16)
Disclosure: The Girl received The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane as a gift.