Wanted: The Perfect Pet by Fiona Roberton

What Henry wants most in the world is a dog, which he’s convinced will be the Perfect Pet for him. So he places an ad in the papers — as you do — to seek one with floppy ears, a waggy tail, a cold wet nose and a furry tongue, and who can do fantastic tricks.

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Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack

Part of a charming trilogy starring the eponymous Scottish Terrier, in Angus Lost, Angus’s ennui about “all the SAME things he knew all about” leads him to satisfy his innate curiosity by boldly venturing outside the cosy house and onto the wide road beyond.

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It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee

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.

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