In honour of International Dogs Day, here’s a round up of some of the fab books I’ve received featuring some of the most brilliant dogs around!
‘This is a Dog’ by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)
Uh oh! A very loveable but slightly excitable young pup has broken into a First Book of Animals and taken over! He sneaks up on a cat, chases a squirrel and, well, I won’t tell you what he did to the giraffe!
Eventually the other animals get fed up of the puppy’s antics and turn the tables, but Dog has one more trick up his sleeve….
Gorgeous fun for babies and toddlers and a great way to build animal vocabulary. Collins’ vibrant illustrations add a sense of humour to the mischief caused by Dog.
‘This is Gus,’ by Chris Chatterton (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Book Boy was immediately drawn to the rather grumpy-looking face of Gus. Guys who doesn’t like anything very much. Not fetching, not making friends and definitely not birthdays!
Will the arrival of a new puppy soften Gus’s hardened heart? Will Gus’s heart soften and will he share his sausages?!
A funny and heart-warming story about friendship and the art of compromise.
‘Rebel Dogs! Heroic Tales of Trusty Hounds,’ by Kimberlie Hamilton, cover by Risa Rodil (Scholastic)
A non-fiction pick here for fact fans. Rebel Dogs introduces readers to a whole host of heroic hounds from around the world and across the centuries. It features in-depth profiles of over 30 real-life dogs who’ve fought in wars, been into space and led daring rescues, courageously risking their own lives to save those of humans.
There are also timelines, quizzes and dog-sporting guides for the (b)eagle-eyed amongst you. This title also features wonderful artwork from 17 different artists which helps bring these daring dogs to life. 8+
‘McTavish Takes the Biscuit,’ by Meg Rosoff, illustrated by Grace Easton (Barrington Stoke)
One of my favourite fictional pooches is back in a backing adventure. Having rescued his family on several occasion, McTavish is now having to oversee them entering a local baking competition.
Although, thanks to McTavish’s interventions, the Peachey children have become remarkably accomplished cooks, McTavish can’t help but worry that Pa Peachey’s plan for a 3,784 piece gingerbread Palace of Versailles is a little bit over-ambitious! It’s only a matter of time before chaos erupts and it’s up to McTavish to save the day once again.
‘What’s That in Dog Years?,’ by Ben Davis, illustrated by Julia Christians (OUP)
George and Gizmo (aka Ultra Boy and Wonder Dog) are the very best of friends – always getting into adventures and scrapes together. But when Gizmo isn’t waiting by the front door for George after school one day, a trip to the vets confirms an infection and the fact that Gizmo is getting on in dog terms (about 78 dog years old) and may not have much good quality life left in him.
It’s then that George decides to write a bucket list of things for he and Gizmo to do before time runs out: heading for the beach; going to a party – all the usual stuff. He hadn’t factored in meeting his dad’s new girlfriend, trying to make new friends at school or getting involved in an antiques heist.
A brilliantly funny and heart-breaking read as the dynamic duo counts down to the inevitable. Told in two parts from the perspectives of George and Gizmo, you’ll be laughing and crying at the same time. The bond between a dog and his boy really is unbreakable. 9+
‘I, Cosmo,’ by Carlie Sorosiak, cover by Ben Mantle (Nosy Crow)
I just wanted to flag this one up as another brilliant middle grade read token from the perspective of the family dog, Cosmo, as he helps his boy navigate the divorce of his parents. For my full review and an interview with the author about how adopting a rescue dog helped her write this story, click HERE. 9+
There you have it, a pawfect collection of pooches for all to enjoy.
*Many thanks to all for sending me these titles to review*