When my son was a five-year-old, I gave a talk at his child care centre called, Can I Pat That Dog? I based the talk on a book of the same title written by Susan McLaine and Karen Damiani and illustrated by Margaret Power (Angus and Robertson 2004). And though it’s over ten years since that child care centre visit (and my “little boy” is now a sixteen-year-old who towers over me!), I still highly recommend the book. Continue ReadingCan I Pat That Dog?
As the idiom says, you should never judge a book by its cover (though this book’s cover with the dog would catch my eye in a bookshop). But I’ve found the first sentence to be a fair judge of whether or not I’ll enjoy a novel: “I could smell him – or rather the booze on his breath – before he even opened the door, but my sense of smell is pretty good, probably better than yours.” Continue ReadingDog On It by Spencer Quinn
It’s not a cliche, a dog is not just for Xmas. Dogs are loyal, sentient beings. If you’re lucky, you’ll have twelve, fourteen or maybe even sixteen Xmases together. Continue ReadingA Dog is not just for Xmas