When Billy Was a Dog (HB)

Author(s): Kirsty Murray

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If you can't have a puppy, maybe the next best thing is to be a puppy. 'Can I please, please, please have a dog?' asked Billy.'Would you walk it every day and wash it if it got dirty?''I would, I promise!' said Billy.Billy wants a dog. He really really really wants one.Billy's parents aren't so sure. So one morning, Billy takes matters into his own paws.A gloriously funny, warm and true story from the creators of Puddle Hunters.


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CBCA Shortlist 2020:Book of the Year: Early Childhood

CBCA Review:A great read, blending a relatable story with enchanting illustrations to create a book with universal appeal. With Billy unable to own a puppy he does the next best thing and decides to be a puppy with some laugh-out-loud results. The author and illustrator have worked closely to produce familiar scenes (the dilemma of owning a pet) and make the characters appealing and believable. The illustrator has mixed charcoal, watercolour and gouache to depict Billy, his family and where they live. Facial expressions and body language portray the characters’ range of emotions and feelings. The bright, appealing front cover image immediately attracts and engages young readers. The book’s well balanced layout includes high-quality designed pages, text and illustrations and endpapers that tie in beautifully to the story. Young readers will identify with the important themes of family, perseverance and responsibility adding meaning to the story. Dialogue is convincing and believable with repetition of the word ‘Woof’ inviting participation. Elements of humour present in both the text and illustrations. The heart-warming ending provides a solid, satisfying resolution to a highly age appropriate story.

Kirsty Murray is a multi-award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults. Her works include eleven novels as well as non-fiction, junior fiction, historical fiction, speculative fiction and picture books. Kirsty is an ambassador and advocate for many reading and writing initiatives and has been a writer-in-residence in schools and universities around the world. She loves books, libraries, bookshops, readers, writers, puddles, puppies, and stories - especially stories about kids. Karen Blair is an award-winning illustrator of twelve picture books. She has collaborated with some of Australia's leading children's authors. Karen is also a primary art teacher and her characters are often inspired by her students and her own two children. She loves to help tell stories that explore the joy of discovery and play in the outdoors and the special relationships in children's lives.

General Fields

  • : 9781760631826
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : August 2018
  • : length:- 25cm width:- 28cm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 32
  • : Early Childhood
  • : 823.4
  • : English
  • : Karen Blair
  • : 1906
  • : Hardback
  • : Kirsty Murray