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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book multi tasks!
This is a really great book for stimulating discussion. The text illustrates the way a story can gather momentum in the re-telling as the black dog gets bigger in the minds of each person who sees it, until the baby comes along and puts everything into perspective! This is a beautifully illustrated book which tells a simple, but very effective tale reflecting many aspects...
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3.0 out of 5 stars won the Kate Greenaway...
... but my 3 year old is not very interested. I am not a huge fan either: the illustrations are interesting but not really inviting enough, the story is a bit thin (no emotional resonance. And it IS possible in 32 pages, just think of Dogger).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book multi tasks!, 5 Oct 2012
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G. Hugman (UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a really great book for stimulating discussion. The text illustrates the way a story can gather momentum in the re-telling as the black dog gets bigger in the minds of each person who sees it, until the baby comes along and puts everything into perspective! This is a beautifully illustrated book which tells a simple, but very effective tale reflecting many aspects of human nature. It is a sophisticated book, suitable for inspiring art and creativity in older primary children (7-11 years).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, 17 Jan 2013
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Beautifully illustrated, a delight to roam around the details of each scene and a really nice story too - I don't want to give a lame summary but it was a very pleasing metaphor for how your fears can distort reality but how this can be overcome by facing them. It's not scary, it's sweet and has a positive "moral", if you will, without reading like a moral tale. Hmm. I hope this makes sense, it's a lot better written than this review!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Story, 4 Jan 2013
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A very good book sending out a good message about fear. Running away from fear is never a good thing, and if you don't, you can take hold of it; controlling it. So, yes, this simple book is good. The pictures & illustrations are fantastic giving extra detail to the words in the story. It's a ten-minute book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, inventive, colourful and bold, 21 April 2013
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A great story about fears and how they can feed and grow if you let them. The Hope family think they can see a large dog and every time someone sees it, it has grown, until it's a fearsome beast. But Small, the youngest and smallest member of the family decides to go out and tackle it, and leads it a merry dance, until it's small enough to get through the cat flap and is no more than a normal, friendly dog who becomes the family pet. Unusual full page illustrations, with lots of detail and some things that appear on several pages. On the text pages are smaller, sepia tone pictures filling in the blanks. The pictures alone can be revisited and studied in more detail. Winner of the 2013 Greenaway medal, which pleased me greatly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazingly illustrated book, cleverly deals with the ideal of fear, 23 April 2013
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The author wrote and illustrated this ingenious book portraying the ideal of fear from various perspectives. This charming tale of a young family literally rocked by the appearance of a black dog on their property, is sure to grip young and old readers alike from the first page. The simplicity and cookiness of the tale combined with the quite literally stunning illustrations make this book and absolute must buy. I will definitely be looking out for any books written or illustrated by Levi Pinfold.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story, Fabulous illustrations!, 22 Nov 2011
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Ms. Katy Dynes "Kitty Dinners" (Bedford, UK) - See all my reviews
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Levi Pinfold's 'Black Dog' is a treat for children and adults alike. With gorgeous, atmospheric illustrations, descriptive text and a lovely underlying message; it's a real "must have" for under the tree, this Christmas (actually forget that, it's a "must have" for any time of year!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab story and illustration., 17 Feb 2014
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Lovely story and easy for my son to read and follow not listened to cd yet, too busy reading the book and looking at illustrations!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, 16 Feb 2014
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This book is beautifully illustrated and is a wonderful way to broach the subject of how to deal with anxiety for both adults and children a like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time to face your fears., 3 Feb 2014
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I was super excited to have this book arrive. I'd read a little review, again from a blog that I follow and just thought, I have to have this.

Some people think that picture books are just sweet little reads for their children, but don't forget it's for the adult as much as it is for the child. And it's even better if there's a theme or moral running beneath the story, which this does. The youngest of the Hope family turns out to be the bravest, facing a fear that none of her family wanted to do. The story gains memento through the repetition and the language, especially read aloud, it is captivating.
And the illustrations. Well, they are something different. They're magical, unlike other picture books. They're hauntingly beautiful and the more you study them, the more you discover.
It's really not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved everything about this book, 18 Jan 2014
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This came as an Amazon recommendation and being able to view it online helped me quickly make the decision to buy it for my grand-daughter for Christmas because it has all the ingredients of being a 'special' book (and a snowy cover). The style and detail of the drawings is superb which make it one of those books that you can return to time and again (like Anthony Brown's 'Gorrilla') because you begin to notice more and more quirky little things in the exquisite illustrations. A good intelligent story too. The drawing of the dog is just wonderful, so if you know a little person who has a soft spot for big dogs or you own a black dog yourself then buy this lovely children's book, you won't be disappointed.
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