Spotlighting the special bond that develops between a child and a pet, this book shows there is more than one way to be a good dog.
This is a delightfully warm story about a little girl and her best friend: an unruly, yet loyal and lovable, little dog. Everybody tells her how dogs should be, but this girl knows better. Her dog does what he likes, which just so happens to fit perfectly with his owner. A Dog like That! was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. It also won a Storylines Notable Book Award and was a LIANZA Russell Clark Award Finalist.
“Simple and emphatic—both visually and linguistically—this story of a child’s unconditional love for a dog is a nice twist on the more conventional dog’s-unconditional-love-for its-owner storyline.” —Kirkus Reviews (U.S.)
“it’s clear that the girl loves her dog for both his foibles and strengths, something that many dog-loving families will agree with eagerly.” —Publishers Weekly (U.S.)
“Recommended. It is a delight to read and look at the illustrations and I can imagine children reading it aloud, repeating the refrain, ‘Dogs should be like that’ with growing knowledge that the best dog is not like that at all.” —ReadPlus (Australia)
Janene Cooper worked as an Education Consultant based in Auckland, New Zealand. Her writing was influenced by the experiences she shared with the many children who touched her life.
Evie Kemp is a graduate of AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand, where she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. Primarily a textile artist, she was a finalist for the LIANZA Russell Clark Award for illustration for A Dog like That!.
Age Range: 2-5
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
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