by Jonathon Long
There once was a dog who was a bit
of a clot.
Quite simply the best book I've
ever read to my children. I've put it in the four to seven-year-old category
but this cleverly-written poem, backed up by brilliant sketches, could be for
toddlers and 10-year-olds. Fair enough, the plot is not particularly
complicated, involving a dog that loses his secret hoard of bones and digs
deeper and deeper into the world beneath people's homes and gardens. Humorous
THE DOG THAT DUG is about a dog uncovering ever-crazier objects while searching for its bone. It's a great idea, though with only 700 words to look after, couldn't someone have ensured that those rhyming couplets actually scanned?
Anyway, Korky Paul's pictures positively frolic off the page in a tornado of crazy detail which includes a tube train apparently bound for Greece.
HAMPSTEAD & HIGHGATE EXPRESS 11 MAR 94, Jenny Woolf
THE DOG THAT DUG is a delightful picture story book told in rhyming couplets. A dog is digging for his bone but instead of finding it he digs up a boot, a miner and other unlikely things. This exciting and humorous story is accompanied by fantastic illustrations and would be a well received gift. THE OXFORD TIMES 14 JAN 94, Audrey Griffiths