It’s easy to see why the Pig the Pug books are household classics in their native Australia.
New York is one of those places that seems to be unquestioningly on everyone’s list of places to visit, and after reading this hilariously unconventional and original take on the Big Apple through the eyes of a pet dachshund who tags along on his owner’s trip, the city might have moved up my list a few notches.
Contrary to what Marvel and DC Comics will have you believe, this heartwarming story proves that superpowers and fancy gadgetry are not the only measures of a hero.
Hally Tosis is a dog who has a bad case of, well, halitosis — otherwise more colloquially known as ‘bad breath’. And every time Hally opens his mouth, horrible things tend to happen — like Grandma Tosis passing out on the floor from his dog breath!
Reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown and Leonard Weisgard’s Noisy Book series from the ’30s-’50s, Kevin Henkes has adopted the simple, direct and child-friendly style of writing in the refreshingly quirky Circle Dogs that takes us through a day in the life of a pair of pet dachshunds.
The Wimbledons are sleeping when Wilma hears a spooky sound. As Walter discovers, it’s just Stanley, their dog, howling at the moon — no biggie, right? Well, that’s what you’d think until, one by one, their kids (Wendy, Willie, Wanda and Wylie — don’t you just love the alliterative names?) too get woken up by Stanley’s increasingly odd endeavours — fixing the oil tank and making catfish stew, among other things.
Who doesn’t dream of finding buried treasure? Sam and Dave certainly do, as they and their canine companion attempt to dig their way to “something spectacular”.
Poor Oscar. Not only does he get teased by his friends in obedience school for his shape and size — “Wiener Dog!” — but his mom makes him the most embarrassing Halloween costume a sausage dog can wear: a hotdog bun.