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The Detective Dog

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   
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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. This edition comes with an audio CD, read by actress and singer Floella Benjamin, to read along to. ~ Andrea Reece

Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016

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.

  • 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.'

Synopsis

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!

Written by the brilliant Julia Donaldson and stunningly illustrated by the multi-talented illustrator and printmaker Sara Ogilvie, The Detective Dog is a fast-paced celebration of books, reading, libraries, and the relationship between a little boy and his rather special dog.

Reviews

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 satisfying, action-filled story perfectly told, and Sara Ogilvie's illustrations are full of character. LoveReading4Kids

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include Room on the Broom, What the Ladybird Heard and the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over seventy languages.

Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Q & A with Julia.

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Book Info

Format

Board book
30 pages

Author

Julia Donaldson
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Author's Website

www.juliadonaldson.co.uk/

Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

25th January 2018

ISBN

9781509862542

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