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Wednesday 21 October 2015

Review: My Dog Bigsy

Oh, Bigsy, you ragamuffin, you!

Meet, Bigsy--a little dog with lots of energy. He has a waggy tail and silky ears and a wet black nose. He also has a special scratching spot and a spot on his tummy the shape of Tassie.

Bigsy lives on a farm and he loves to gad about. Woof woof! at the cockatoos. Bow wow! at the roos. Wuff wuff! at the horses and yap yap! at the cows.

Of course, the chickens and piglets and sheep and all the other animals respond in kind, with their own baaing and mooing and oinking, and we end up with a veritable clatter of onomatopoeia as our little friend dashes from yard to field and back again.

Even when Bigsy returns to the house, we hear his claws clicking on the floorboards, his tongue slurping up his water and the crunch crunch of his breakfast in his bowl.

This is a simple story that will delight the very young. Alison's illustrations are a small departure from many of her most famous books and I'm absolutely loving the charm and colour and texture. Even the cover of the book is textured (clothbound), making it a scrumptious production.

A feel-good story, Bigsy is fabulous for both snuggling in an easy chair, or reading aloud to a crowd.

Title: My Dog Bigsy
Author/Illustrator: Alison Lester
Publisher: Viking, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 21 October 2015
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780670078936
For ages: 1 - 6
Type: Picture Book