I HAVE A DOG ( AN INCONVENIENT DOG ) By Charlotte Lance Published by Allen & Unwin, 2014
WHEN Melbourne author and illustrator Charlotte Lance was at home with a toddler and another baby on the way, her husband surprised her with a three- month- old puppy.
In her words, this “hairier, more hyperactive, smellier, dribblier, hungrier non- human required far more clean up than any baby, anywhere” and was an inconvenient addition to the family.
As the puppy grew to the size of a small horse and continued to eat, shed hair and bark, the author’s resistance was countered by her two boys, who adored the good- natured, fun- loving dog. Despite the noise, mess and general shenanigans, Charlotte used the experience as inspiration to write a beautiful children’s picture book titled
I Have a Dog ( an inconvenient dog).
Adults and children alike will appreciate the simple text and illustrations which tell the laugh- out- loud story of day- to- day life with a dog. We’re reminded that dogs sneak into our lives to become something we don’t want to live without.
Published in May by Allen & Unwin, the book is a perfect read- aloud bedtime story for younger children.
By Laura Sessions Published by Random House NZ, 2013
ANOTHER good read is Quake Dogs, by Laura Sessions, a collection of true stories about Christchurch dogs and the earthquakes, which presents dogs as a source of comfort and strength in an intensely moving way.
For adult readers, the stories bring home the earthquake experience, the vital bond between people and their dogs, and the canine heroes and victims.
Published by Random House, part of the proceeds go to support a New Zealand animal charity which worked to rescue and relocate more than 70 Christchurch dogs.
There’s triumph, surprise, laughter, tragedy and an overriding sense that dogs were saving people as much as people were saving them.