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McTavish Takes the Biscuit

Written by Meg Rosoff

Illustrated by Grace Easton

Part of the Conkers Series

Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 9+ Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Humorous Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on McTavish Takes the Biscuit

Clever dog McTavish to the rescue

Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8

Even a dog as clever as McTavish has his work cut out for him looking after the Peacheys. In this new instalment of witty, sharply observed domestic drama, Mr Peachey has developed a passion – indeed, an obsession – with baking. He is convinced he will win the local bake-off with his entry, a recreation of the Palace of Versailles in gingerbread. His family are only too aware that his skill as a baker falls far short of his ambition. Fortunately, McTavish is prepared to do whatever it takes to save Mr Peachey from disaster and humiliation. McTavish’s dog’s-eye view of family life is very funny but also cleverly delivers shrewd messages for us all on how to get along. Delicious!

Andrea Reece

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McTavish Takes the Biscuit Synopsis

The Peachey family enjoy fine meals each night now that everyone takes turns cooking. Everyone, that is, except grumbling Pa Peachey - until some unsatisfactory bread pushes him to try baking. Convinced that he has found his true calling, Pa sets his sights on winning the town Bake Off. Unfortunately, his great ideas far surpass his skills, and soon Pa's ambitions are crumbling under the weight of 3,784 pieces of gingerbread ... McTavish smells disaster in the making, and it looks like he's going to have to save the day - again.

McTavish Takes the Biscuit Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Good Dog McTavish. 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!'

McTavish Takes the Biscuit Press Reviews

Praise for Good Dog McTavish and McTavish Goes Wild;

“McTavish is an irresistible character, his gentle guiding of the Peacheys is very funny indeed, and this beautiful story will leave all readers smiling” Andrea Reece, Lovereading4kids

“A hilarious story about a special rescue dog who makes a difference in surprising ways” Scotsman

“Full of Meg’s wry humour and beautiful prose, this is a story for the young and young at heart” Books Are My Bag

“Common sense has rarely been so charmingly conveyed” New Statesman

“Warm family drama full of wry humour and a really excellent dog” Bookseller

“A witty, stylish, often hilarious delight” Literary Review

“This brilliantly charming and heart-warming short novel is full of spark, keen observations and sly humour” BookTrust

“[A] very funny story of a highly intelligent dog subtly leading his less than clever humans into having fun” Primary Times

“A laugh-aloud, entertaining story with larger-than-life characters, especially the captivating dog. I can’t wait to hear more about him” Primary Times

“What a lovely short story. Recommended to boys and girls, especially those who like dogs” Lovereading4kids reviewer Tomasz, age 11

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781781128640
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128640
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Author: Meg Rosoff
Illustrator: Grace Easton
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 142 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Humorous, Animals
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 9+

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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