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Monday 25 November 2019

Review: Awesome Aussie Dogs

Filled with fascinating, feel-good stories of Australian dogs, this book will put a smile on any dog lover’s face.

Awesome Aussie Dogs contains 50 amazing stories arranged with photos, illustrated portraits, feature stories in categories such as Faithful Friends, Real Rescuers, Eager Explorers, Working Dogs, and more.

It was great to read so many captivating and uplifting stories in just 32 pages; I recognised a few of them like the Dog on the Tuckerbox from history, past news and social media. It’s impossible to pick a favourite but I found Oddball the penguin protector to be one of the most fascinating while Fizo the eight-year-old silky terrier who protected three children from an eastern brown snake in Taree, NSW really touched my heart.

The gorgeous illustrations are soft and digital with a simplified true-to-life style; I love the way the dogs all seem to have a smile on their faces. The stories featuring photos stand out and set the scene and their place in time instantly, especially those from times of war.

Awesome Aussie Dogs is a great educational resource with succinct stories, most being just three or four sentences, which leave you eager to read the next. It would be an appealing book for dog lovers of all ages.

Title: Awesome Aussie Dogs
Author: Australian Geographic
Illustrator: Ana Mikulic
Publisher: Australian Geographic,  $16.95
Publication Date: 1 October 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925847581
For ages: 6+
Type: Picture Book