A book about 100 dogs, you say? Yes please! I knew I’d love this the moment I set eyes on it and I wasn’t disappointed.
Michael Whaite’s 100 Dogs (Puffin) is definitely NOT a stuffy list of kennel club breeds, but a rhyming romp through the wonderful, weird and sometimes naughty world of dogs. I’m not sure I could pick my favourite bits, let alone my favourite dog, but I did really love…
‘Pug dog, snug dog,
chewing on the rug dog,
good dog, mud dog…
What a messy floor!’
‘Scottie dog, spotty dog,
sniffing at a botty dog,
yellow dog, hello dog,
shaking a paw.’
The illustrations are hilarious and full of detail – you seem to pick up more and more things as you reread (which I did, a lot). The last spread, featuring all the dogs together, is particularly glorious! This is the spread where Whaite asks ‘Which dog’s yours?’ My own, the beautiful Peggy, would probably be ‘Race Dog’ given that she’s a retired greyhound… though she’d also, unfortunately, fit into the category of ‘Toot Dog’.
There’s an ongoing storyline as one of the early dogs mentioned is ‘Lost Dog’, but is it really lost? Keen-eyed readers may be able to spot signs of the missing mutt throughout, which makes the book even more fun.
Perfect for dog-mad readers!
Coming soon from the same author… 100 Cats!
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