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Can the dog-nappers catch their prize or will they be outwitted by the super-smart dog?
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2020
Penny, the notorious dog-napper, has a host of dogs already but there is one very special dog she is determined to get her hands on. Quick, clever, a master of disguise and very good at problem solving, he is the dog she wants. And he is covered in spots so should be easy to find. Penny’s assistant Pat sets out to find the dog. Can the dog-nappers catch their prize or will they be outwitted by the super-smart dog? Emma Lazell’s energetic and vivid illustrations inject this simple story with great energy.
Julia Eccleshare's Picks for August 2020
The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke
Duck and Penguin Do Not Like Sleepovers by Julia Woolf
That Dog! by Emma Lazell
It's OK to Cry by Molly Peters
The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay
Noah Wild and the Floating Zoo by Alexander McCall Smith
There's a team of dognappers on the loose. They've stolen lots of pooches, but this time they're up against a very clever dog. The cunning Penelope Dognapper is keen to get her hands on the latest rare breed, the lesser spotted woofer. Her big mistake is sending Patrick, her accomplice, to do the job. He has great difficulty identifying the right dog - that dog! - and in a house that also contains a snake, rabbit and characterful cat, you can imagine the chaos that ensues as he tries to steal the dog.
That dog is a very smart one. He's quick, clever and a bit of a detective in his spare time and he might just have worked out who's behind the dastardly crimes. Will he avoid getting caught himself and rescue his fellow creatures?
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
A funny, exciting story about a clever, spotty dog and a pair of rather silly, dastardly villains! We loved the chaotic, colourful and fun illustrations and the satisfying ending. One to read and enjoy over and over again! Full review
Fun and interesting. Full review
Spotty animals everywhere and one VERY clever Spotty Dog! Full review
“Immerse yourself in Emma Lazell’s lively & vibrant illustrations … we have a feeling she’s going to make a real impact on the picture book scene.” – Picture Books Blogger
Praise for Big Cat
Hilarious....This generation's The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Wonderful. - bookseller at Waterstone's Wakefield
Huge toddler appearl and a fresh, original art feel to it - Read it Daddy
A clever and gloriously offbeat picture book - Lancashire Evening Post
|Publication date:||1st August 2020|
|Publisher:||Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Pavilion Books|
|Suitable for:||Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers|
|Genres:||Animal Stories, Humorous, Pets, Animals|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks|
Emma Lazell is a UK-based illustrator and author. Her work is linear, expressive, and sprinkled with irony and playfulness. In 2018 she completed the hugely prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, graduating with a distinction. In 2014 she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Illustration from The University for the Creative Arts.More About Emma Lazell