Mark Haddon penned over sixteen children's books before publishing his first novel for adults. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timehas been published simultaneously in two imprints: David Frickling Books for young adult readers and the Jonathan Cape imprint for adults. The novel has sold co-editions in over fifteen countries and won both the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a Commonwealth Writer's Award for Best First Book in 2003.As of 2006, Haddon lives in Oxford with his wife and their son.PLOT SUMMARYChapter 1: 2The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timebegins with Christopher John Francis Boone finding Wellington, his next-door neighbor's black poodle, murdered. The dog is fatally stabbed with a garden fork and left on the lawn in front of Mrs. Shears's house. Christopher discovers the dog and wonders why someone wanted to kill him.Chapter 2: 3Christopher digresses from the murder to introduce himself to the reader. He also talksabout how his teacher Siobhan showed him, through a series of smiley faces, the way to read other people's expressions and emotions. Sometimes Christopher cannot tell what pepole are thinking, even with Siobhan's helpful drawings. In that case, he simply walks away from them.Chapter 3: 5Christopher takes the reader back to the murder. He removes the fork from Wellingtonand holds the dog close. Mrs. Shears catches him in this compromising position and demands to know what he did to her dog. Christopher does not like her shouting and curls into a ball on the lawn to calm himself down.