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Black Dog Paperback – 1 Aug 2012
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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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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.
The book came with a bend on the corner in the post, which was a bit sad, that is the only reason I cannot give 5 stars for the product. The book itself, story and illustrations, gets a solid 5 stars from me!
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