Badly Drawn Dog by Emma Dobson

Badly Drawn Dog

Written by Emma Dobson
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Badly Drawn Dog by Emma Dobson

Badly drawn dog is fed up with his looks, so he decides to visit his friend, Doodle the Poodle. But on the way, he sees an artist's studio and here - the fun begins. The artist rubs him out - legs, head, even sketchy eyebrows, and starts again. The results are hilarious: the first style which the artist uses is cubist. Looks good - but on his way to Doodle the Poodle's house, Badly Drawn Dog finds that walking in a straight line is just impossible - never mind playing football. Pop art and post impressionist follow. Finally of course, Badly Drawn Dog goes back to his friend - the child who drew him in the first place. he glad to be back to normal. This book will make children laugh out loud. In addition, it demonstrates different art styles with admirable simplicity.


Wity and clever celebration of individuality and art. -- Bournemouth Daily Echo ...a story with a moral - lightly drawn, like the dog himself. -- Child Education A funny and highly original debut picture book from a brand new talent -- Reading Eve Post ...a really original picture book...

...nicely designed and produced... -- Books for Keeps Brilliant, childlike illustrations reinforce the art theme and comically capture Badly Drawn Dog's extreme makeovers. Witty and winsome. -- Kirkus Reviews - New York There's at least one good giggle on every page for youngsters, and the artist's cheeky portraits of Warhol dogs, Klee dogs and primitive Rousseau dogs in the jungle will entertain adults. The dog masterpieces and sketchy canine hero demonstrate wit and charm. -- Publishers Weekly But does Badly Drawn Dog just want to blend into the crowd? As all good friends should Doodle Poodle points out that being true to yourself is what counts... Background references to other art styles provide a creative context for this affirmative story about self-belief. -- Julia Eccleshare Dodson's book playfully adresses the anomalies of two dimensional pictorial representation while at the same time revisiting the well-worn theme of envy, dissatisfaction and 'you were better off as you were in the first place if you'd only appreciated what you had.

... -- Books for Keeps Witty, friendly and brightly coloured, this is highly recommended, especially for children who love drawing and painting themselves. -- Nicholas Tucker, Carousel A delightful story...As well as being great fun, the strory provides a very refreshing approach to character description, lively ideas for children's own writing, and opportunities to look at unusual letter strings. -- Child Education Wonderfully imaginative -- Prima Baby A lively and brightly coloured book which vividly explores the theme of envy and dissatisfaction. -- Unkown

About the Author

Emma studied Illustration at University of Westminster. Since graduating she has had cards and gift wrap published and she has worked as a freelance painter and prop maker for all sorts of films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Borrowers and Five Children and It. Some of the most peculiar things she has been asked to make include a baboon's bottom, some dog's lips, slug eyebrows, edible eyeballs, inflatable souffles and exploding chewing gum. Emma also works teaches Illustration and Animation as a visiting lecturer at University of Westminster.

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32 pages
Interest Age: 3+


Emma Dobson
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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

5th January 2006



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