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Dogger's Christmas

Written by Shirley Hughes

Illustrated by Shirley Hughes

Books for Babies and Toddlers Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on Dogger's Christmas

Timeless and heart-warming seasonal sequel to a beloved best seller

A seasonal sequel to the beloved Dogger

Forty-three years after the publication of Dogger, where we first met Dave and his very precious toy dog, 93-year-old Shirley Hughes has gifted a new generation of children an equally beautiful story, which I am quite sure that parents and teachers who grew up with Dogger will relish reading to their children. Dogger of course was a huge success and won not only the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal but was voted by the public in 2007, their favourite winner of the medal in 50 years of the annual award. In this sequel we see that the family has increased to include toddler Joe and Dave is a little older too and his taste in toys is changing, but Dogger is still taken to bed every night and is as important as ever.  Big sister Bella still has her teddies as well, but tells Father Christmas in her letter that she did not want any more ‘because she had seven already’. I love all the little references back to the original story where, as I am sure you all remember, Bella heroically gave up a big new teddy that she had won, so that she could reclaim the lost Dogger for Dave. We suspect that people have been buying her teddies ever since to make up for it!   It will probably come as no surprise that Dogger goes missing again and in such a way that will be instantly recognisable in every home and strike terror into every parent’s heart! Needless to say, it is Bella that saves the day again and all ends well. Even though we must assume the book is set in the 70’s, it has a timeless quality and it’s nice to see a Dad helping with the cooking, childcare and cleaning. Shirley’s beautifully naturalistic style captures every nuance of body language as the family makes their preparations for Christmas. A Christmas full of nostalgic detail, family traditions and kindnesses which remind us all of things that really matter. A wonderful Christmas classic in the making!

Joy Court

Dogger's Christmas Synopsis

A seasonal sequel to one of our most beloved children's books, voted the public's favourite 

Over 40 years after Dogger was published, comes this magical follow-up: Dogger's Christmas.

It's that special time of year: Christmas. The time of carol-singing, tree-decorating, and of course lots of presents. But in the excitement of new toys, will Dave forget about his old friend, Dogger? The very special story of one boy and his beloved toy - who always manages to be found... 

Dogger's Christmas Press Reviews

Praise for Dogger:

This is Hughes' most heartwarming picture book . . . Hughes has a kindly, inexhaustible eye - she misses nothing Observer

Kate Greenaway medal-winner Shirley Hughes is a national treasure Philip Pullman

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ISBN: 9781782300809
Publication date: 29/10/2020
Publisher: Bodley Head Children's Books an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782300809
Publication date: 29th October 2020
Author: Shirley Hughes
Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
Publisher: Bodley Head Children's Books an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Animals

About Shirley Hughes

Winner of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.   Shirley Hughes has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. She began to write and design her own picture  books when she had a young family and has now published more than two hundred titles. Shirley's first novel, Hero on a Bicycle (9781406336115) was published by Walker in 2012, and her critically acclaimed adventure, Whistling in the Dark was published in 2015. She lives in West London.   Click here to read more about the author.

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