Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Children’s Book Review, When Billy Was a Dog

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson,

When Billy Was a Dog is a children’s picture book, written by Kirsty Murray, illustrated by Karen Blair and published by Allen and Unwin (2019.) RRP: $Au 24.99 HB.

From the publisher:

'Can I please, please, please have a dog?' asked Billy.
'Would you walk it every day and wash it if it got dirty?'
'I would, I promise!' said Billy.

Billy wants a dog. He really really really wants one.
Billy's parents aren't so sure. So one morning, Billy takes matters into his own paws.

A gloriously funny, warm and true story from the creators of Puddle Hunters.

Kids will resonate with this tale of a young man who is desperate for a dog of his own. I really liked Billy’s attitude. Whereas many kids would pout and whine for what they wanted, Billy BECOMES the dog he wants. He sniffs things, he barks, he even lifts his leg near a fence until Dad puts a stop to that idea quick smart. In fact, Billy throws his heart and soul into being a dog.

But then, when Fluff the dog next-door begins to have her pups, Billy stops being a dog and worries about her instead. Will Billy ever get the puppy he wants?

Blair's illustrations are just perfect for the story, and will certainly help children not only understand what is going on, but rejoice in it. Read this book aloud if you dare - I envisage 30 Kinder kids all channelling their inner canines!

Heart-warming and positive, with several laugh-aloud moments, When Billy Was a Dog is a wonderful choice for libraries and homes everywhere - especially those that appreciate dogs and those who love (to pretend to be) them.

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