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Dogger [Paperback]

Shirley Hughes
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Book Description

5 Feb 2009
When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and everything seems all right - until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money!

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; Reprint edition (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862308055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862308053
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 19.8 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.

Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

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This Big Book edition of Shirley Hughes' classic picture book is ideal for sharing with groups of children.

Dogger is the endearing story of how Dave's beloved Dogger was lost and found. Winner of the 1977 Kate Greenaway Medal, Dogger is a timeless classic which, in simple words and detailed pictures, shows the distress the loss of a toy causes a child, as well as the reality of family life. Filled with humour and Shirley Hughes' deft touch, this is a book for young readers to tackle by themselves, as well as a delight to read aloud.

A regular size edition is also available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


This is Hughes' most heartwarming picture book . . . Hughes has a kindly, inexhaustible eye - she misses nothing . . . Her drawing is invariably superb and usually describes a reassuring world for chidlren - sometimes happier-than-thou. She has illustrated more than 200 titles - she is a virtuoso.

Shirley Hughes is a national treasure


A heart-warming story . . . Shirley Hughes' warm and deceptively simple story is a perennial favourite among children and experts alike (Psychologies Magazine )

There are certain books that should be in every family's library and Dogger is certainly one of them (Books for Children )

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 3 Dec 2003
By Tina
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a lovely book, I bought it for my daughter when she was small and she adored it, now I'm looking for the hardback version for her now she is nearly seventeen. She has asked for it to keep and to give to her children one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational to all 5 April 2004
The story of Dogger is both movinig and inspirational about a child who has lost his beloved toy.
This story can help other children who have for exmaple have lost toys or a pet to cope and deal with the situation.
A book for all!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and fun 2 Jun 2000
By Kali
"Dogger" is a wonderful story about how much children love their toys and how siblings can some times save the day. When a little boy looses his beloved toy dog one-day he is devastated. However the dog turns up at the school fair and is priced at 5p. The little boy doesn't have the money and when he finally finds his older sister his toy has been sold to a little girl. Fortunately the little boy's sister saves the day and boy and toy dog are reunited. The book is filled glorious pictures and is very easy for a first time reader. It also makes a great bed time story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story with a lesson for all. 3 Aug 2001
I love this story, I'm doing a childcare course at the local college and this is one of the first stories I read to children in a nursery. Easy to read and bright pictures with a lesson about what is important if you want to use it. I went and bought this story and told it to the poor man serving me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary act of sisterly kindness. 2 Mar 2001
Dogger is a well written, beautifully illustrated heart warming story. It is about a little boy's old, worn and much loved cuddly toy dog and an extraordinary act of sisterly kindness. It recounts an experience that is bound to strike a chord with young children and adults alike who once had that special toy that went everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 9 July 2008
My nearly three year old boy insists on 'the Dogger book' every single night. And it is one of the few on his shelf that I dont mind reading again and again. Its a lovely story with a generous dose of drama and suspense - and a morality tale thrown in for good measure. The pictures are fantastic - lots of new little details to find with every read.

Highly recommended...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true children's book 11 Aug 2007
This is the book that stands out from my younger years. I had it - we read it at school - my friends owned it. Shirley Hughes definitely knows what she's doing when it comes to writing for little children. It is original, it is sympathetic, and it is a cute story. Without a doubt, I recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm 27 and it makes me cry!!!! 12 Dec 2000
By A Customer
good for the first time reader? ... it's still fantastic after a hundred reads .. i love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Favourite child's book - such a great story.
Published 10 days ago by Anne Goforth Anne Goforth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is ideal reading for any young child who has lost their beloved little comfort toy
Published 19 days ago by Elaine Genney
4.0 out of 5 stars The old ones are the best
For some reason this story always reminded me of where my Dad grew up in Liverpool. The imagery, names, and even small details, all hark back a generation or two in the best of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by EKMCronin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
What a lovely book, makes me nearly cry every time I read it.
Got it for my youngest who has a bear he loves like dave loves dogger, and we have nearly lost him a couple of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss R. Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem
A truly beautiful children's book, a timeless story of childhood experience. How the loss of a boys favourite toy brings a family closer together.
Published 4 months ago by Carmelo Brazil
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful story
This is a true classic. A really delightful story that all children (and grown-ups!) will enjoy time and time again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Book
This book has a great storyline and the illustrations are lovely. My son loves it and can really relate to the boy having lost his favourite toy. Read more
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I ordered this book for my great grandson. His mummy (my grandaughter)had loved this book when she was a child. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars memories
Used to read this to my children thirty years ago and was thrilled to be able to get it for my grandchildren.
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