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Sunday 27 June 2021

Review: The Bark Book

Dogs bark. A lot.

They have all kinds of barks. And emotions, just like people.

In The Bark Book, you'll hear the many barks of a family dog. 

Sad barks, perfect stick barks, and please help barks, are just three.

Victoria Mackinlay has made clever and sparse use of language to share a dog's eye experience of the world.

Repetition, adjectives, opposites and other concepts are all part of The Bark Book.

Beth Harvey, an artist and animator (including on Bluey), has brought the dog's experiences to life with a playful and appealing canine friend.

The pictures are simple and humourous. Look out for camouflaged faces in some of the trees, not to mention the mischief the dog gets into.

You will definitely be able to spot your favourite dog in the antics of this dog; whether chasing a skink, relaxing after being fed, or anxiously waiting for a walk.

The Bark Book is a perfect book for dog lovers and beginner readers in particular.

Title: The Bark Book
Author: Victoria Mackinlay
Illustrator: Beth Harvey
Publisher: ABC Books, $ 19.99
Publication Date: July 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780733341397
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book