The Detective Dog
Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
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Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 | June 2016 Book of the Month A celebration of dogs and books alike, Julia Donaldson employs typically sparkling rhyme to tell the story of Peter – a very nice child though he could have been neater – and his dog, ‘known far and wide as Detective Dog Nell’. When not sniffing out Peter’s mislaid clothes and toys, Nell loves to spend time at his school listening to the children read stories to her. When disaster strikes and the books are stolen, Nell tracks down the culprit in no time then leads the thief to the library instead – a happy ending all round. A satisfying, action-filled story perfectly told, and Sara Ogilvy’s illustrations are full of character. ~ Andrea Reece
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- Robyn Chorley, age 7 - 'Robyn enjoyed reading this book to Sabrina (4), they both love the story and pictures...Another Julia Donaldson book that will be read time and again here.'
- Alex Morgan - 'Another hit from Julia Donaldson - this has become a firm favourite in our house. Beautifully written rhyming story with gorgeous pictures.'
- Tanya Thurling - 'Busy pictures, a rhyming structure that rolls easily off the tongue and lovable characters... This book has rapidly become a bedtime favourite.'
The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson
There once was a dog with a keen sense of smell.
She was known far and wide as Detective Dog Nell.
Peter's dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. Whether it's finding a lost shoe or discovering who did a poo on the new gravel path, her ever-sniffing nose is always hard at work. But Nell has other talents too. Every Monday she goes to school with Peter and listens to children read. So who better to have on hand when they arrive one morning to discover that the school's books have all disappeared! Who could have taken them? And why? There's only one dog for the job ...and Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the culprit!
To look at, read aloud and listen to, this book is a delight. The Sunday Times
A new book by Julia Donaldson is always a cause for celebration, and this latest offering is set to be another classic: a heartwarming celebration of books, libraries, reading and friendship, it's got all the trademark poetry Donaldson is renowned for, vibrantly brought to life by Ogilvie's illustrations. A surefire hit. Huffington Post
a celebration of books and libraries, perfect for class reading Angels & Urchins
Will make both children and parents smile. Irish Independent
A glorious collaboration by a master of the art and a rising star... Donaldson sets out the rhyming story with characteristic panache, perfectly complemented by Ogilvie's bright and busy artwork. Guardian
A fun-filled adventure... all recounted in Donaldson's perfectly pitched rhyme and illustrated with joyful brio by Sara Ogilvie. The Daily Mail
A brilliant celebration of books, libraries and a very clever dog. Sunday Express [S Magazine]
A superbly illustrated tale of clever canines and library magic in Donaldson's ever-exuberant voice. Metro
About the Author
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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
2nd June 2016
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