About this deal
Dogs is a picturebook which lists 100 types of dogs, showing breeds and personalities in an entertaining and humorous way. The book written and illustrated by Michael Whaite, has proved controversial with some dog owners, but we won’t go into that here as it distracts from a genuinely original publication. Oh, and there is also a search for a missing doggy. Yep, a poor owner has lost his dog and he hopes someone will find it. I loved the conclusion to that. She now has 22 dogs and is expecting to reduce the number to 17 in the next six months. She is not taking in rescue dogs, said the solicitor.
I have read 100 Dogs to children across the primary years, to dog fans and those wary of dogs. All have immediately fallen in love with the book and wanted to choose and share their favourite dog. One 7-year-old boy was trying not to giggle as he told me ‘sniffing at a botty dog’ was, funnily enough, his favourite.He handed in an expert’s report giving details of conditions at the kennels and cattery in July 2023, which concluded that Linda Moran could look after dogs properly.
All in all, I would highly recommend this book. It is fun, playful, and it has dogs, how can you resist a book filled to the brim with dogs? Well, how can you? As a read-aloud text, it is impossible not to read it in a rhythmic, playful manner, but I did have to stop myself from speeding up with excitement. I also had an interesting discussion with children about how to use the layout and the rhymes to help you read it.