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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
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.
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.
“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|
|Recommendations:||Reviewed by Children, Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly|
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.More About Meg Rosoff