Beautiful Joe is based on a true story about a dog. The author made it an autobiography told through the dog's viewpoint. Parents, Beautiful Joe is a chapter book which I recommend for ages 11 and up. Mainly because of the first two chapters dealing with how Beautiful Joe, his siblings and mom were treated. It starts rough and can be shocking for those who never heard of people being cruel to animals. The first two chapters deal with setting the stage for Joe's life and how it took a turn for the better.