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Black Dog Paperback – 1 Aug 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848777485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848777484
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 0.3 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Black Dog is a charming story of fear and courage and how even the smallest of us can be the bravest of all. One morning, Mr Hope awakes to a large black dog outside his house. Alarmed, he runs for cover. As each member of the Hope family awakens and their collective fear rises, the dog grows in size until it is bigger than their house. Only the youngest member of the family, Small, is brave enough to investigate. As Small interacts with the dog as it chases her around, the dog shrinks back to a normal size. Filled with beautifully illustrated pages, Black Dog is sure to be a household hit. I loved the descriptive text and subtle but busy drawings, and especially the underlying message of how one persons fear can spread. An absolute must-have. Pamela Roach --Pamela Roach

About the Author

Levi Pinfold has worked as an author and illustrator since graduating from University College Falmouth. He paints with watercolour and gouache, creating imagery from imagination and memory. His debut book, The Django, won a Booktrust Early Years Award. Michael Foreman described it as, "A virtuoso display of real drawing."


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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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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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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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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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This book is about confronting your fears. It's an important, powerful, message and it's delivered nicely in this book. The illustration is amazing, which is to be expected in any book that wins the CILIP_Kate Greenaway Medal. This is the first Levi Pinfold book I've bought, and I'm going to buy others because this one is so good.
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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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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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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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