Dog Tales – Penelope Rich

Published By: Arcturus
Pages: 96
Date Published: 01/08/2021
Date Read: 10/07/2021

Dogs really are man’s best friend – and we can prove it!

In this uplifting, beautifully illustrated book, readers will discover the incredible true stories of talented, brave, and daring dogs whose exploits have made them world-famous. These tales of canine courage, loyalty and intelligence will warm any dog-lovers heart. Over 30 stories are included, accompanied by delightful full-colour illustrations by Isabel Muñoz.


Thanks to NetGalley and Arcturus Publishing for the advanced reader copy in return for an honest review.

Okay so this may have been aimed predominantly at children, but I loved it. It was such a sweet, cute little book, but really informative.

I love all dogs – like most normal people. I have a 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier/Dachshund cross who unfortunately hates all other dogs, so I can’t get a second dog, as much as I would like to. But whilst reading this I kept going “Oh I want that dog. No, I want that one. Oh and that one.” and on it went until the end. Honestly, if I was in charge, all the dogs would come and live with me. Probably a good thing I’m not in charge then I suppose.

I think this book is ideal for children wanting to know more about dogs. There’s about 3-4 pages for each dog chosen to be in this book, which I think is just enough to hold a child’s interest, but for them not to feel short changed. There were dog breeds in this book I’d never even heard of, and I feel we need to celebrate our canine friends more.

The only niggle I have – and that could be because I’m coming from an adult perspective – is that each chapter has an illustration of a dog, and I think it would be nice if there were real photographs too, so the child reading it could go out and identify the breeds in real life.

We all know what amazing things dogs like labradors and huskies and German shepherds can do, but it’s wonderful to see the websites snd the dachshunds playing their part too. I think this seemingly innocuous entertaining book could really inspire children to get involved in canine rescue and the like.

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