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Thursday, September 25, 2014

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

Hello again!
Welcome back to another bright shiny bookish day here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today we’re gazing into the (not-so-distant) future at a title that surely going to have audiences fretting, worrying, and in the end cheering with the masses as things (possibly) right themselves and all is (possibly) well.  What’s with all the parentheses?  Well, I can’t spoil the outcome for you now can I?  Well I can, but I won’t and before I say too much, allow me to introduce the subject of today’s clandestine discussion...

Henry Holt and Company

About the book…
Wanted. Nice reader to show this naughty book who’s boss.

This book just ate my dog is a story about a little girl, a big dog, and a very badly-behaved book! Bella is taking her dog for a stroll across the page when something odd happens. Her dog disappears and it becomes apparent to Bella, her friend Ben, and the rescue services that peril lurks in the pages of this book. But where the police and fire brigade fail, you – the reader can help!


For those that read picture books either to little ones or themselves (*raises hand*) this has got to be one of the most adorable and interactively fun ones I’ve encountered as of late.  The illustrations are cute…just rough enough to give them a hand drawn and colored air while still presenting a lovely colorful page to be enjoyed by eyes of all ages.  The concept of the story is delightful…well, okay not delightful like “yay-the-book-ate-the-dog” but more so in the who’d have thought of that and whoa, can books REALLY eat dogs, sorta way.  The marriage of story, visuals, and interactive qualities is spot on…I myself could be found shaking the page to help our little friend out (you’ll see why when you read it) as will all of you!  I can definitely see this working with an audience of one to one hundred…with the laughter and cheers set on high.

So, to keep this review in check with the length of the book, my summary is this… a BIG read in a small package fit for all ages and all audience sizes.  I’ve no doubt it will win the hearts and minds of the youngest set while still being highly entertaining for those further on in their years.  Smiles and giggles await any and all who journey within the pages of this title that is in my humble opinion pretty darn perfect from title to end page and everything in between. 

One final question though…who among you is up to the task?  I mean the “ad” on the back is seeking someone to show the book who is boss….are YOU that reader?


About the author….
 Author/Illustrator Richard Byrne was…born in a hospital. Brought up in Brighton. Learnt to colour-in in Eastbourne. Worked in graphic design. Worked in Brighton, London, Manchester and Yorkshire Hills. Worked for myself. Met Philippa somewhere along the way. Had two children. Had the mid life crisis. Bought my first guitar. Got the urge to create a children’s book. Got an agent. Got a book deal. Got another book deal. Got to Chichester.



ARC for review courtesy of Ksenia at MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as their complete catalog, be sure to stop by their official site, like them on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter.  This title is set to release the first week of October 2014 (at the time of this post), so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf near you VERY soon!  IN the mean time, if you so desire, it IS available for pre-order!  Just search it out at your favorite online sites and BAM, you’re all ready to go.

Until next time…happy reading!


Felicity Grace Terry said...

Loving the title. This sounds like a fun read for myself and my two great-nephews.

Tales of Whimsy said...

This sounds right up my alley. What a fun look, title, and concept.

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