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Good Dog McTavish

Written by Meg Rosoff

Illustrated by Grace Easton

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction

LoveReading View on Good Dog McTavish

April 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire |  This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life by Meg Rosoff stars a rescue dog who saves his new family, not from fire or external threat, but from themselves. When Mum Peachey in quiet protest withdraws from family life to concentrate on her own spiritual health, chaos ensues: there’s no-one to pick up the washing, cook the dinners, or make sure everyone gets to school on time. From his dog basket in the corner new arrival McTavish observes all and, without ever doing anything a dog wouldn’t do, successfully trains his new family to behave properly. A clever, funny and extremely stylish novella, and a wonderful bit of domestic satire. ~ Andrea Reece

Good Dog McTavish Synopsis

The Peachey family is in crisis. No one cooks dinner, no one picks up the dirty washing and thekids are always late for school. All because Mum has resigned from being Mum and taken up yogainstead. She's in the tree pose; everyone else is in the doghouse. Except McTavish, a rescue dog witha difference, on a mission to sort his new family out...

Filled to the brim with Meg's wry humour and beautiful prose, this is a story for the young and the young at heart.

Good Dog McTavish Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews (and see some of their own fantastic illustrations) by clicking here.

  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'A dog adopted from a dog's home who teaches a crazy family how to cook, clean, tidy up and be on time! What a lovely short story. Recommend to boys and girls, especially those who like dogs...Perfect for reluctant readers.'
  • Jennifer Wood, age 8 - 'Super read. I wish I had a dog like McTavish. This was a good book... I would definitely recommend this book.’
  • Elleanore Phillips - 'I like the book because the story is really funny. I would recommend it to bookworms with a good sense of humour to snuggle up with for a good read. Warning!  I would suggest you keep this book away from your mums. We don’t want to give them ideas!!'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - 'I like the moral of the story, which is always help your mum or she’ll abandon you for yoga. My brother and I are going to make the Lovely Chicken Dinner in the back of the book so our mum doesn’t ever go on strike!'

Good Dog McTavish Press Reviews

“Searingly well written, her books read like Samuel Beckett on ecstasy”  The Times

"This is something of a treat...Rosoff's first children's book for some time, it's wry, real and big-hearted" Ones to Watch in the Bookseller

"Brilliant Stuff"  The Bookbag Blog

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781781126837
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781781126837
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781126837
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Author: Meg Rosoff
Illustrator: Grace Easton
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 104 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff worked in publishing, journalism, politics and advertising before writing How I Live Now. Her books have won or been shortlisted for 18 international book prizes, including the Carnegie Medal and the Orange First Novel Prize, and been translated into over 20 languages. In 2016, Meg was the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest children’s literature award. She lives in London with her family and two dogs. Click here to read a Q&A with the author's Good Dog McTavish. Click here to read more about Meg Rosoff.

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