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This is a perfect piece of advocacy for the power of reading with a most endearing hero
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 (Funniest Book for Children aged Six and Under). Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2010.
The magic of books and reading is perfectly illustrated in this joyful picture book. Dog loves books and reading so he decides to open a bookshop. Everything about it is perfect – except that no one comes in to buy books! Dog hates being alone but he soon finds that if he is reading he never is alone as all the characters from the stories come and join him.
The shortlisted titles for the 2010 Independent Booksellers' Award were:
Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo
Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates
Auslander by Paul Dowswell
Dogs by Emily Gravett
The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech
Henderson’s Boys: The Escape by Robert Muchamore
Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
What’s for Dinner Mr Gum? by Andy Stanton
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Last Leopard by Lauren St John
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner
Dog loves books! Dog loves books about dinosaurs and Dog loves books about aliens: in fact Dog loves all books! Dog has his very own bookshop, although he doesn't have many customers. But that's all right, because when Dog is surrounded by books, he is never short of friends or fun. And when someone does come into the shop, Dog knows just which books to recommend.
Review of ‘Dog Loves Books’ by Books for Keeps [5 stars]
This dog of the title is, like this reviewer, a bibliophile and moreover is opening a bookshop - something I’ve always wanted to do. Unfortunately, Dog’s bookshop has a decided lack of customers: one person visits just wants a cup of tea and another to ask the way. To while away the time Dog takes book after book from the shelves and as he reads he forgets he is alone. Finally, he has a customer and shows boundless enthusiasm for recommending just the right book because, not only does dog love books but, most of all (again, just like this reviewer) he loves sharing them.
The watercolour and pencil illustrations show Dog lost in the aura of his imagination as he is transported through the pages of the books he reads to the worlds within.
|Publication date:||4th March 2010|
|Publisher:||Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Books|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
Louise Yates began drawing pictures to go with the stories she wrote for school and, at a young age, began telling people that she wanted to be a children's book illustrator. She won a scholarship to study art and, in 2002, received a BA in English literature from Oxford University. Louise lives in London.More About Louise Yates
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