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Monday 16 August 2010

Review: Skoz The Dog - All At Sea

Title: Skoz the Dog: All At Sea

Author: Andrew Daddo

Illustrator: Judith Rossell

Publisher: HarperCollins, $12.99 RRP

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780733327797

For ages: 7 - 10

Type: Novel

About: Skoz is a (very cute) sleepwalking dog. Which can cause problems when he wakes up on a boat, surrounded by water: “I’ve woken up and I haven’t got a clue where I am!”

Skoz must learn to control the boat, avoid a reef – and is that a whale? – and fight against a fish. Scariest of all, he has to avoid the shark that is following him, looking for his next meal.

And things get pretty hairy when the boat begins to fall apart.

Written as a narrative, with snippets from the perspective of Skoz the Dog, this is a hilarious story about the dangers of sleepwalking, and the reasons why dogs just don’t belong in the water.

Full of Daddo’s well-known sense of humour, this is a book full to the brim with page-turning adventure after adventure. There isn’t a dull moment to be found, as Skoz fights for his life, hoping to eventually end up in the arms of his beloved owner.

Rossell’s illustrations add a certain Scooby-like characteristic to Skoz, showing him as a loveable but slightly dim dog, with gorgeous expressions that kids will love.

Readers won’t be able to resist finding out what’s next for Skoz in his next adventures – Up In The Air and the soon-to-be-released Ready, Steady… Kaboom!

This book is available online

Author website

Also in this series:
Skoz the Dog: Up In The Air
Skoz the Dog: Ready, Steady… Kaboom! (released September 2010)