Reader Reviewed Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve

Pugs of the Frozen North

Written by Philip Reeve
Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

7+ readers   9+ readers   UKLA 2017   
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Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s completely alone, except for 64 little pugs, part of the ship’s cargo! He soon teams up with Shika, a girl desperately seeking dogs to pull her grandpa’s sled in the Race to the Top of the World, a once in a lifetime contest to win your heart’s desire. The eccentric competitors mean there’s something of the Wacky Races about all of this, but amongst the crazy – and very entertaining -scenes there are surprising notes of poignancy, as well as some lovely descriptions of the True Winter, fifty types of snow and all. ~ Andrea Reece

One of our Books of the Year 2015

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 a couple of sample chapters from this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Emily Lonsdale, age 9 - 'Such a fun book, very different. Loved the talking snow.'
  • George, age 6 - 'Pugs of the Frozen North is a funny, exciting and a good book.'
  • Dylan Pritchard, age 8 - 'I would definitely recommend this book - it's very, very funny!'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'A really funny story full of yetis, noodles and weird snow. If the rest of the book is as good as this, it’s going to be amazing!'
  • Evie Aconley, age 8 - 'I really enjoyed reading the sneak peek of this book, it should be a great book to look forward to reading.'
  • Lauren Randall, age 7 - 'Wasn't expecting to like this book but don't judge a book by it cover.'
  • Rachel Zinkin, age 8 - 'A mad adventure with amazing illustrations and lots of fun.'
  • Jessica Cobbin - 'I loved this book as it's a story about cute pugs and I love them.  This book is so fun to read'.
  • Anissa-Maria El-Asmar - 'There wasn't one thing I didn't like in this book.'
  • Gabriella Chatman, age 8 - 'Pugs of the Frozen North was very funny, I loved it. Shackleton Jones and Sika made me laugh.'


Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve

The Race to the Top of the World! It comes around once in a lifetime, and the prize? Your heart's desire. Shen and Sika can't resist the chance to win, but competition is fierce. The path to victory is littered with snow trolls, sea monsters, and a gang of particularly hungry yetis. But Shen and Sika have something the other contestants don't have. Actually, they have 66 other things; pugs to be exact. That's a 264 paw-powered sled. Let the race begin!

The hilarious follow up to Oliver and the Seawigs and Cakes in Space! Created collaboratively by two stars of the children’s book world Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, who lead the way in creating novels for the 7+ age-group where text and illustration blend seamlessly with equal importance.

For more about Pugs of the Frozen North and other collaborations visit


'It's their best book yet ... Reeve and McIntyre are a classic team ... The climax is moving and beautifully judged.' Alex O''Connell, 'Children's Book of the Week', The Times

'As the story dashes along so, too, do the illustrations, which are a delight on every page.' Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

' engaging story for children (and, in my case at least, adults) who have the ability to read alone but aren't yet ready to give up the pleasure of heavily illustrated books.' Z J Cookson, The BookBag

Praise for Cakes in Space.

Children will love the chaotic fun and cartoonish illustrations in this fast paced fantasy Daily Mail

Praise for Oliver and the Seawigs.

A fun-packed delight Daily Telegraph

A gloriously wacky story The Times

Immersive, richly textured, and enormous fun. It's a great example of what illustrated children's novels can achieve The Guardian

Marries the very different talents of Reeve and McIntyre to fabulous effect Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide

Reeve and McIntyre have been responsible for some of the finest young fiction of recent years and this is their irresistibly-titled third collaboration Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

About the Author

Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve was our Guest Editor for June 2012. Click here to see his books and some that inspired him.

Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects. Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous. He's been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe. A magical and unique read, it immediately caught the attention of readers and reviewers and won several major awards. Three more Predator Cities novels followed, and Philip's latest project are the Fever Crumb books, prequels set centuries before the events of Mortal Engines. Philip has also written Buster Bayliss, a series for younger readers, and stand alone novels including Here Lies Arthur, which won the Carnegie Medal. Philip lives in Devon with his wife and son and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading.

Click here to see a Philip talking about his new adventure book, Oliver and the Seawigs, a collaboration with Sarah McIntyre.

Philip Reeve's fiction publisher, Marion Lloyd, describes his Predator Cities series:

“..inspiring adventure stories, in whose futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting, moving cities trawl the Earth. They attack and consume each other in wastelands where natural resources are scarce, and Ancient technology is fought for. Fast-paced, sometimes violent, always surprising and original, Reeve’s epic sequence of love, war and adventure are richly rewarding for both adults and children.”

Praise for Philip Reeve:

‘Intelligent, funny and wise’ - Literary Review on Fever Crumb

‘Reeve drives his juggernaut of a talent through the streets of a mob-crazed futuristic London with Cecil B DeMille grandeur. Resent being suckered into sequels? Fever Crumb is a complete story – but it may prove addictive’ - Geraldine McCaughrean, Daily Telegraph on Fever Crumb

‘A masterpiece’ - Sunday Telegraph

‘A majestic achievement’ - Sunday Times

‘Marvellous… utterly captivating in its imaginative scope and energy’ - Daily Telegraph

‘Brilliant… an absorbing and emotionally engaging work’ - Amanda Craig, The Times

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Oxford University Press

Publication date

1st September 2016




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