The Great Dog Disaster by Katie Davies

The Great Dog Disaster

Written by Katie Davies
Illustrated by Hannah Shaw

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June 2012 Book of the Month. If you're looking for entertainment and a wildly funny adventure then any one of the Katie Davies stories is perfect. It's told from the perspective of 9 year old Anna, a young girl with a suspicious mind. The writing style is just as you'd imagine coming from a girl that age so young girls will love it. As Anna recounts her friend's exploits with the arrival of a new dog the reader will be drawn in to the exciting story. Great for reading aloud too as younger children not quite ready to read it alone will loved it.

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The Great Dog Disaster by Katie Davies

Suzanne's Great-Great-Aunt Deidra has left her dog to Suzanne's Mum in her will. Suzanne is over-the-moon about having a dog again, after her old dog Barney was 'sent away to a farm' by her Dad. But when Beatrice the Newfoundland arrives, she is a BIG disappointment. She's smelly and old and miserable and doesn't like walks, or catching sticks, or any of the things that dogs are meant to like. So Anna and Suzanne devise a plan to turn Beatrice into a proper dog - but if they don't pull it off soon, Suzanne's Dad will send Beatrice away too...


Praise for Katie Davies:

‘Fun, funky and funtastic’ - Michael Morpurgo

‘Entertaining…good fun to read aloud’ - The Sunday Times

“Frank and funny… a lively tale” - The Financial Times

“An excellent read” - The Scotsman

“Entertaining” - The Sunday Times

“Wildly funny” - Daily Mail

"The seven to 10-year-olds I know have given the series a unanimous thumbs up; Davies writes honestly and with great humour about childhood." - The Bookseller

About the Author

Katie Davies

Katie Davies studied English and Drama at university, where she wrote her first play, which was put on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has worked for a literary agent, as a special needs assistant, and has written articles for The Spectator and The Idler, as well as comedy sketches for Radio 4 show, 'One'. She is married to the actor and comedian Alan Davies, with whom she has a baby daughter, and they live in London.

The Great Cat Conspiracy is third in a series of bittersweet, hilariously funny, domestic tales of life from the perspective of Anna - a young girl with a suspicious mind. It follows the 2010 Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize The Great Hamster Massacre and The Great Rabbit Rescue.

Davies based The Great Hamster Massacre on her childhood memories of her own pet hamsters coming to a bloody end, and the death of her grandfather. She said: "I remember being morbidly fascinated by death when I was seven or eight years old, and I wanted to explore how children deal with death in this story through the death of the nana." She added: "Although these are big issues, when you are writing through the perspective of a young child, they don’t always understand what is really happening and it’s that which gives you opportunities for comedy."

Author photo © Adam Scourfield

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208 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

7th June 2012




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