Posts Tagged ‘Dogs in picture books’

Waiting for Goliath

By Antje Damm

ISBN 9781776571420

There is so much to love with this picture book about waiting for a friend.

Bear sits waiting and waiting. Even when it snows, bear sits waiting on the bench for his friend Goliath. Other animal friends come and go and much discussion is had about whether Goliath will ever turn up. Bear is of course patient, optimistic and faithful to his friend Goliath. When Goliath eventually does turn up, young children will laugh out loud. I did.

The illustrations are superb. Created as dioramas and then photographed, the pictures have a depth of field that will fascinate young readers and put them right in the middle of the story. Just gorgeous.  Published this May so do watch out for it.

 

My dog Mouse

By Eva Lindstrom

ISBN 9781776571499

Published this June.

 

He’s old and fat with ears as thin as pancakes. His walk is a kind of waddle and he’s always pleased to see me.

This delightful book really is for everyone. We all know an old dog that goes so slowly. “Step, pause. Step, pause. Step, pause.”  The kind of old dog you want to just pick up and carry home. 

Well Mouse is one of those old dogs and even though the girl in the story doesn’t own Mouse she does love him to bits. Whenever she asks, she is always allowed to take him on walks. Very slow walks where other people always overtake them. And when she hands him back to his owner, she thinks “I wish Mouse was mine”. The story is funny and sweet but it is also real. And we know that come tomorrow she will be back to take Mouse for another long, slow walk.

The illustrations have a naive, child-like quality to them which is lovely and fresh. 

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A day with dogs

By Dorothee de Monfreid

ISBN 9781776570980

Gecko Press

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                      Nine funny dogs live their everyday lives in these pages where you can learn all about seasons, colours, food, town and country, night and day, school and work, and much           more—including dog breeds, of course.

Have you ever wondered what dogs do all day when you are not at home. Dorothee de Monfreid’s lovely new picture book will answer all your questions. Take a walk through the pages of this hardback picture book for young readers.

A quirky look at the antics of various species of dogs will encourage children to learn the names of different household items, or things at school or just out and about town. This is also ideal for those children and students whose first language many not be English.

It is bright and bold but without being too busy. It is informative without unnecessary explanations. Children can paw (pun intended) over this book for hours enjoying the funny pictures and absorbing language and new words as they go.

Each double page has a bold title with images from a specific area. I love the bathroom scene with all the dogs in stages of cleaning themselves even down to the puddles on the floor.

Heaps of uses!

 

Where is Rusty?

By Sieb Posthuma

Translated by Bill Nagelkerke

ISBN 9781927271469

Gecko Press

 

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Rusty, Henrietta, Toby and Rusty’s mum hop on a bus and go in to town. The department store they enter is busy so like any caring mum, Rusty’s mother asks them all “So what do we do?”

“We all stay together” they chant. And of course like any good story – someone doesn’t listen.  Yes! Rusty is just a little too curious for his own good and ends up getting lost. Upon hearing some guards discussing what they will do to stray dogs, Rusty flees through the ventilation pipes where it is dark and scary. Will he find his way back? Has his family even noticed he has gone missing?

Bright colours, and quirky illustrations, Rusty’s  little adventure will definitely delight younger children.