Reader Reviewed Ghost Dog by Claire Barker
  

Ghost Dog

Written by Claire Barker
Illustrated by Ross Collins
Part of the Knitbone Pepper Series

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August 2015 Book of the Month Knitbone loves his owner Winnie Pepper more than all the bicycle wheels, Frisbees and cowpats in the world! So it’s maybe no surprise that when he dies his spirit stays with Winnie in Starcross Hall, her parents’ crumbling stately home. He’s not the only ghost animal, there’s a whole gang of them and when the Hall is threatened by bailiffs, the Spirits of Starcross and Winnie make a formidable team! With its sweet ghost animals and ginger-nut-fuelled adventure, this charming story ticks all the right boxes for young readers. Ross Collins’ illustrations are spookily fun but capture the affection between Knitbone and Winnie perfectly too. ~ 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 click here to read their full reviews.

  • Daniel Bisland, age 8 - 'I recommend this book to 7+ and give it 5*/5*. This book is funny and easy to read. I love the illustrations. I can’t wait for the second book!'
  • Conor Lobban, age 7 - 'Not as good as I thought it would be.'
  • Annabelle Cassidy, age 7 - 'This is a sad and funny book about a ghost dog trying to save his family’s home, a great read for boys and girls aged 8+.'
  • Luke Killen, age 7 - 'A bit slow to get going but good when it did.'

Synopsis

Ghost Dog by Claire Barker

Along with a gaggle of other ghostly family pets, Knitbone Pepper haunts the crumbling Starcross Hall. But when he discovers that the Hall is up for sale and his beloved owner, Winnie Pepper, and her madcap parents must leave their home, he smells a rat. Can Knitbone and his ghostly gang of animals help Winnie save Starcross?

Each book comes in hardback with a ribbon bookmark and inside features beautiful black and white illustrations by Ross Collins.

Reviews

'Packed with mayhem, chuckles and woofs.' - The Bookseller 'A gentle, eccentric tale of the supernatural, full of hilarity, warmth and undefeated love... A book to give and read at Halloween, Christmas - or at any time when a gentle, welcoming ghost story seems just what the doctor ordered.' - Middle Grade Strikes Back 'This is such a great story and is truly irresistible. You can't help but get caught up in the world of the Pepper family' - Book Lover Jo 'An endearing tale about a ghost dog called Knitbone who wants to reconnect with his owner Winnie Pepper whilst stopping dastardly thieves from steal their family home... A charming and sensitive story for animal lovers and any child who has lost a pet.' - South Wales Evening Post 'With the skill, charm and animal instinct to rival Dick King-Smith, Claire Barker brings us this deliciously warm and humorous debut for children aged 7 and up' - Sunshine Books'

About the Author

Claire Barker

Claire Barker graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in English Literature and History. She studied illustration for a further two years and worked as a teaching assistant for several more. Claire used to live on narrowboats but now lives with her family on a small, untidy farm in deepest, darkest Devon. When she's not busy writing or illustrating she spends her days wrestling sheep, battling through nettle patches and triumphantly catching rogue chickens.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
256 pages
Interest Age: 7+

Author

Claire Barker
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st August 2015

ISBN

9781409580379

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