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Saturday 11 March 2017

Review: Dog Stories

This collection of stories is by Australian authors, has eleven bizarre but funny dog tales with unbelievable outcomes that will appeal greatly to young readers. The stories subtly include important themes such as coping with grief, finding what you’re good at, self esteem, unconditional love, and learning to live with a disability.

There is a robotic dog that shows a boy in a wheelchair how to love life.

A dog wakes up one day and feels fear because he can’t remember, and the old excuse ‘the dog ate my homework’ is proven true.

When a suspect nutritional dog food company limits the dogs’ food choices, action is needed.

Bored Bad Buster finds a way to break his boredom when he discovers that he’s good at something special.

Too much electronic game time can literally draw a child into another world.
Being a new kid at school is hard, but worse when the family dog becomes a lunch thief.

Coping with grief is made easier by an invisible friend; a dog without a nose.

A strange and unusual explanation is given by by grandpa as to why dogs sniff each other’s bottoms. Then there’s the extraordinary outcome of a dog peeing where he shouldn’t.

These highly entertaining, sometimes disgusting stories include mischievous children, not only oddball dogs. Events frequently take a sudden twist in another direction, turning the story on its head. Children will love these dog stories with a difference, and the quirky illustrations that illuminate the craziness of the characters, both human and canine.

Title: Dog Stories
Author: Various
Illustrator: Jules Faber
Publisher: Penguin Random House, $14.99
Publication Date: November 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143780977
For ages: 8+
Type: Junior Fiction