Dog on a Train by Kate Prendergast

Dog on a Train

Written by Kate Prendergast
Illustrated by Kate Prendergast

3+ readers   5+ readers   
Download an extract Add to wishlist Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge prize 2016 Kate Prendergast’s wordless picture book is a touching, beautifully told story of love and loyalty. A boy tears down the stairs and in his rush to leave the house drops his hat. His dog notices, picks up the hat and chases after his boy all the way to the tube station, then makes a solo journey on the underground, jostled by crowds, until he finally catches up and presents the boy with his hat. Illustrated throughout in soft pencil, the red and white stripes of the hat provide a bright focus in each illustration, keeping the spotlight on the dog. There’s no need for words, the action and narrative is completely carried by the pictures, and dog and boy are real characters. ~ Andrea Reece


Dog on a Train by Kate Prendergast

Boy is late for his train. Rushing out of the house, he drops his favourite hat. Luckily, Dog is there to pick it up. But will Dog catch Boy in time? Follow the plucky Dog on this wordless adventure through the streets and rush-hour crowds. Charming and humorous, Dog on a Train is a book to delight dog lovers and tired commuters alike.


'Dog captured my heart as soon as I saw the is unusual to find an artist who is so good at capturing the live form - in this case Dog and Boy - as well as the cityscape, but Prendergast is excellent in both areas...A story told in great detail but without using a single word. Highly recommended.' The Bookbag

'This is a very lovely debut picture book from Kate Prendergast. Soft, evocative pencil drawings tell a moving, wordless story of love and loyalty...' Playbythebook

About the Author

Kate Prendergast

Born and bred in North London Kate Prendergast first studied design at Middlesex University. After years of working in the transport industry and raising a son and daughter Kate’s growing interest in Illustration led to an MA degree in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Dog On A Digger is Kate’s second book after completing the Cambridge course. Her debut, Dog On A Train, was long-listed for the inaugural Klaus Flugge award.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info


24 pages


Kate Prendergast
More books by Kate Prendergast

Author's Website


Old Barn Books

Publication date

4th July 2016




Publisher Profile

Old Barn Books is an imprint of Old Barn Books


Old Barn Books is a new, artist-led, independent, publisher of illustrated books for children and gift books for adults. With an office in a barn in the woods we published our first book, Bluebell Bears, in April 2015 and have published a book each month since. Working with creative friends old and new we have published board books, picture books and novelty books. Our list is eclectic and personal and aims to share our enjoyment of great illustration and the things our children love.

Find Old Barn Books on facebook, Instagram and twitter @oldbarnbooks.

Publisher's Website

I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.

Georgie Rowe – age 16

I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.

Alexander Boxall – age 11

It is fantastic, you get to read lots of books and you always find something new and amazing in them.

Erica Motoc, age 7

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.

Angela East

I love ‘LoveReading 4 kids’ because they let you read and learn things you’d never dreamed of learning before.

Emily Horncastle – age 11

We love Lovereading4kids because it promotes reading choices, new authors and a sense of community for children of all ages!

Rachel Bridgeman

A great way to introduce kids to great books, authors & genres. Parents can find age-appropriate books to share with their children.

Judi Davies – Aberdare Girls Sch

Lovereading 4 schools