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A Dog Called Rod Paperback – Illustrated, 6 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (6 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230016189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230016187
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Hopgood is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator.

His first book,'Our Big Blue Sofa' won the Cambridgeshire 'Read It Again!' Award in 2007. This was followed by 'A Dog Called Rod' which was shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award 2008 and the British Book Design Awards 2007. In 2008, Tim won the Booktrust Early Years Award for Best Emerging Illustrator for 'Here Comes Frankie!', which was also nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Tim's first book for younger readers,'Wow! Said The Owl' was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award 2009 and was his first book to be published in the USA. Tim's latest book, 'What A Wonderful World' is a picture book version of the song made famous by Louis Armstrong.

As a freelance illustrator, his work has appeared in Tatler Magazine, Harpers & Queen, GQ and Joyce. Other clients include: The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Court Theatre, Kyle Cathie Publishers, Quadrille Publishing and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

In an interview with Madelyn Travis, for Booktrust, Tim says "When I'm writing, I like to work in silence, but when I'm drawing and painting I listen to music played loud on my old stereo. Two of my favourite albums to work to are 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davies and 'Songs In The Key of Life' by Stevie Wonder."

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"Provides a sense of security of the way things are supposed to be in the world. The repeated refrain of "Wow!" throughout the book will elicit a chorus among young listeners at storytime." --"Booklist" on "Wow! Said the Owl"

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Perfect for a child who wants a pet -- or has an imaginary friend! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great story that's refreshingly different from all those nice but dull animal stories available for small children. Elsa lives in a block of flats (fantastic - not a farm!) with her Dad and really wants a dog but it isn't practical: noise, mess, walks, vets bills. So instead she has Rod, a sparkly invisible dog who is entirely charming, quiet and tidy. There's just the right level of quirk about this book - the pictures are a fun break from the norm, good details and just a hint of the Lauren Child, and the words are good to read aloud, amusing yet realistic. A lovely book for all children from 2+, and a godsend if you are trying to persuade a small child that having a pet is harder than they think! Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss R Bose on 28 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love the look of this book - it's so bright, cheerful and happy, that it makes me smile every time I see it! The stars are really eye catching and I just have to touch the glitter as I read! The story is very funny, for children and adults and I've fallen in love with Rod! It's such a clever idea and takes me back to my childhood of imaginary friends. Each page takes me on a new adventure and the illustrations are brilliant - SO cute, such attention paid to detail. I love Elsa's face when Barker, the real dog is eating 'stinky dog food'!! Who wouldn't love this book? 10/10 for Tim Hopgood - the new talent in children's books?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cassie Wellington on 2 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
A Dog Called Rod was a must purchase for us. Tim Hopgood's first book 'Our Big Blue Sofa' is one of my three year olds favourite read again and again books. And Rod is a delight too. The illustrations are gorgeous, wonderfully detailed with lots to tickle the imagination and talk about. The story is sweet, funny and Rod is a great character. A lovely book and a treat to read for mum and son
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. R. Acheson on 18 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Brilliant book - highly recommended - my children love it! It was a great relief when it was published, as The Big Blue Sofa was getting a bit worn out! Very clever book, really holds their attention and they love the idea of an imaginary pet dog. Its a lovely sparkly book, really cleverly produced. Roll on Number 3!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Goring on 2 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
......that's the book and the pet! If you thought Our Big Blue Sofa was fun, this book just takes the fun further. The wonderful illustrations and the glittery pages will thrill children of all ages and the story itself will capture the minds of adults and children alike, from those that can remember having their own imaginary pets, to the parents that wish that's where their children's pet-owning had remained! A truly delightful book, what a treat!
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