Reader Reviewed A Dog Called Flow by Pippa Goodhart

A Dog Called Flow

Written by Pippa Goodhart
Illustrated by Anthony Lewis

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Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kathleen Fidler Award. Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him. What he really wants is a dog, a dog to love him loyally and uncritically; a dog to obey his word and never mind what Oliver can or can’t do at school. Though he has problems with his hearing and his sight, Flow is just such a dog, and when a time comes in which Oliver is in real danger, Flow stands by him. This is a lovely, satisfying story that delivers important messages about bravery and friendship. It will be enjoyed by any young reader who, like Oliver, longs for a dog and will speak to any who, like Oliver, struggle with dyslexia. A reissue, this book was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize on publication. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Richie Upchurch, age 8 - 'This is an amazing adventure story about friendship, bravery, boys and dogs.'
  • Georgina Loring, age 10 - 'I really liked this book because it’s heartwarming and shows what you can do if you really try. You’d definitely like this book if you adore dogs. It is brilliantly written (and quite easy to read).'
  • Hannah, age 9 - 'An emotional and fun story about the love between a dyslexic boy and Flow, a special puppy who helps him become confident.'
  • Charlotte Cassidy, age 9 - 'A brilliant book that I couldn’t put down once I’d started it. I loved every second of it.'
  • Grace Phelan, age 7 - 'A great story for puppy lovers.'
  • Amisha McCrystal, age 13 - St. Colm’s High School - 'A dog is a man’s best friend!  This  quote surely  is  true  for  Oliver  and  his  new  friend  Flow.  Flow and Oliver are like peas in a pod, fire and ice, cookies and milk.'
  • Toby Pickering, age 8 - 'a very exciting and dramatic story. It is about a boy called Oliver who really wants a dog to be his friend. I really enjoyed it!'
  • Declan Simpson, age 8 - 'I liked reading this book, as I like books about dogs and I wish I could have the adventures that Oliver and Flow have.'


A Dog Called Flow by Pippa Goodhart

‘I want a dog. I really want a dog.’

Oliver is finding it hard at school, and he longs for a dog. A dog could be a friend who didn’t care whether or not he was good at school work. Oliver’s parents say ‘no’ to a dog … so Oliver gets his puppy in secret. Will he be allowed to keep Flow? Boy and dog are both tested at the local show, and then face a challenge on the fells that shows just what they’re made of.

A note from the author : “A Dog Called Flow was my first ever book, and, in spite of being complete fiction, a lot of it was based on things that I knew about from real life. My husband is dyslexic. He had a horrible time as a child in school but went on to become an architect. The child I was pregnant with when A Dog Called Flow was published is, coincidentally, herself quite severely dyslexic, but she's now working with those with language problems, so I've learned more from her!”


‘Powerful message about bravery, friendship and the challenges of dyslexia, delivered in a pacy, action-packed story’ Alexandra Strick of Inclusive Minds

An enthralling adventure with likeable characters. Forward Magazine

About the Author

Pippa Goodhart

Pippa Goodhart completed a history degree and then trained as an infant teacher before taking on a job at Heffers Children’s Bookshop in Cambridge where she worked for five years, latterly as a manager. Moving to Leicester when she married, she began to work as a publisher’s reader and to teach, but began writing when her children were little.

Her first book was published in 1994 and over forty more have been published since then. She teaches writing to adults and works as a consultant.

She has three daughters and a husband who all help her writing by being critical when they are asked to be!

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128 pages


Pippa Goodhart
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Troika Books

Publication date

28th May 2015




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