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One Dog and His Boy

Written by Eva Ibbotson

Illustrated by Jamie Littler

Adventure Stories Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 9+ readers Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on One Dog and His Boy

Eva Ibbotson's final book is in essense a familiar story - a lonely boy desperate for a pet and a dog desperate to be loved, but this wonderful poignant story is also a critique of consumerism and a call for family values

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2021

Award winning Eva Ibbotson’s poignant and beautiful last book celebrates a boy’s passion for a dog. All Hal has ever wanted is a dog but his parents refuse to contemplate the idea. A dog would mess up their beautiful house and disturb their busy routine. When they discover East Pets, they hire Hal a dog for a weekend thinking that will do the trick. But they don’t know Hal! Hal takes matters into his own hands. Soon Hal and all the dogs he has released from Easy Pets are out on the road – with a price on their head. How Hal makes his escape is both thrilling and moving as it marks his growth from sadness to great happiness.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for January 2021

Little Owl's Bathtime by Debi Gliori

A Shelter for Sadness by Anne Booth

I Want My Potty! by Tony Ross

Marie Curie and Her Daughters by Imogen Greenberg

I Don't Like Books. Never. Ever. The End. by Emma Perry

You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman

One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson

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***Eva's son, Toby Ibbotson, is now continuing the tradition of storytelling with his debut novel Mountwood School for Ghosts which is based on an original idea by Eva Ibbotson.

One Dog and His Boy Synopsis

All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. But a dog would damage the carpets in Hal's house, and so his parents refused to let him have one. Then they discover Easy Pets, a convenient dog-rental agency. Terrier Fleck arrives on Hal's birthday, but when he discovers that his dog must be returned, he runs away. An irresistible adventure from a truly great and much-loved children's author that every dog-loving child will adore. 

One Dog and His Boy Press Reviews

“Readers of classic children’s fiction will be familiar with the bliss that steals over one when a new Eva Ibbotson novel is published.” Amanda Craig, The Times

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ISBN: 9780702306808
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781407124247
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books an imprint of Scholastic
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781407124230
Publication date: 05/05/2011
Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books an imprint of Scholastic
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780702306808
Publication date: 7th January 2021
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Illustrator: Jamie Littler
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories, Animals
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: 30 Children's Books to Improve Self-Esteem and Build Confidence,

About Eva Ibbotson

Born in Vienna, Eva Ibbotson came to England as a small girl. She spent much of her adult life in Newcastle upon Tyne. When her husband was alive he bred snails in the garage; they also kept fish and had a small and very hairy dog. Eva had four grown-up children and seven grandchildren. She wrote for both adults and children. Which Witch was runner-up for the Carnegie Medal and The Secret of Platform 13 was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. Journey to the River Sea won the Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, was runner-up for the Whitbread Children's Book of ...

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