Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award
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
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.
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“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
|Publication date:||6th April 2017|
|Publisher:||Barrington Stoke Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children, UKLA 2018|
Meg Rosoff grew up in a suburb of Boston and moved to London in 1989. She spent ffteen years working in advertising before writing her frst novel, How I Live Now, which has sold over one million copies in thirty-six territories. It won the Guardian Children’s Prize and the Printz Award in the US and was made into a flm. Her subsequent six novels have been awarded or shortlisted for, among others, the Carnegie Medal and the National Book Award. Meg’s latest book is Jonathan Unleashed. Meg lives in London with her husband, their daughter and ...More About Meg Rosoff