Today I’m going to be all about dogs and books (two of my fave things in life).
I’m a huge dog lover. And I especially love THIS dog who’s called Alfie – also known to his friends as Gooner Mcpoonst. Here he is, modelling a cool cardigan like a pro.
Gooner was my own beloved dog (adopted from the brilliant charity, the Dog’s Trust). He was my little furry mate and 24-hour companion until – so, SO sadly – he got old and poorly, and died last year.
I was (am) heart-broken, so I’m very happy that he’s forever immortalised in my book How Not to Be Weird (a new novel for 9-11 years, out in April with Piccadilly Press). He’s a main character, and is even on the cover, getting up to cheeky, funny, Gooner-ish stuff as usual 🙂
As well as writing about dogs, I also deal with my sad doglessness by reading about dogs. So I thought I’d share with you three of my favourite ‘book dogs’ (obvs apart from Gooner who will always win, paws down).
The One Hundred Mile an Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong.
This book is an oldie but a goodie. If you haven’t read it yet, RUN to your library now. It stars a most hilarious dog called Streaker who gets his owner, Trevor, into all kinds of ridiculous scrapes.
Streaker is ‘a rocket on four legs with a woof attached’ and ‘a mixed-up kind of dog…with quite a bit of Ferrari and a large chunk of whirlwind.’ I heart Streaker.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.
Winn-Dixie is a special kind of dog – large, ugly, named after a supermarket, and utterly lovable – who helps Opal out and becomes her best friend ever. A funny and touching story.
Oh, and there’s an amazing library in it too *always good*
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
Okay, so I cheated – this story is full of wolves, not dogs. But whoa, these wolves are awesome – half-wild, fierce, loyal, magnificent, gorgeous, glittering…
And the heroine Feo looks after a tiny wolf cub which will make you wish-til-you-ache for your very own cub to snuggle. This book is all kinds of magic.
I wish you all a waggy-tail kind of day.