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Dog Lovers Book Club - March 2016



With the Easter school holidays just around the corner, we selected some easy reading adult fiction and Easter-themed children titles to pack for your next getaway!

NOBODY'S POODLE
by Nikki & Richard Attree



Nobody's Poodle is a wooftastic 'tail' about a loveable ex-pat pooch uprooted from his home in cold, damp, muddy old England to start a new life in Tenerife - a Spanish holiday island, located off the coast of Africa. 

Gizmo writes, from a canine point of view of course, about settling down in a new country, coping with the cultural differences, and learning the language (although woof-speak is universal, “mas o menos”, there are still some differences which need to be understood).

Full of twists and turns, with a cast of wonderful woofers, and some beautiful illustrations, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It’s a book for dog lovers of all ages, an insight into the canine universe, and a celebration of their Zen-like stoicism in the face of human stupidity, indifference, and cruelty.

Some of the profits from Nobody’s Poodle will be donated to help the animal rescue shelters in Tenerife.

Available in Paperback and Kindle at amazon.com




A DOG'S PURPOSE
by W. Bruce Cameron

This novel, told from a dog’s perspective, has the highest reader-ranking of any recent New York Times Bestseller.

Probably what makes this story so beloved and unique is that it is told from the perspective of a real dog — that is, not a dog who understands English or talks to other dogs or animals. Often, this results in hilarious misunderstandings — just as in real life.

Thankfully it is not one of those stories where at the end of the book the dog dies. That’s not a spoiler alert because the entire premise of the novel is that the dog never dies: he keeps being reborn, remembering each life, learning lessons from each life that help him with the next one. 

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, he comes to conclude there must be a purpose for him to be reborn, and until he has figured it out, he’ll keep being reborn, over and over again. 
If you love dogs, or know someone who does, you can’t go wrong with A Dog’s Purpose.

Paperback, 26th May 2011


RRP: $29.99 from www.booktopia.com.au


PUPCAKES: HONOUR THE DIVINE DOG
by Tanya A. Arnold



This creative recipe book celebrates the dogs in our lives. It also includes a collection of stunning portraits of dogs captured by award-winning photographer, Sonya Perks, celebrating special occasions and everyday life. 

Made with the finest nourishing ingredients, this book provides a way for you to celebrate your furry friends in a delicious and nutritious way. 

All recipes were developed using only organic and natural ingredients such as organic beef and chicken, organic extra virgin coconut oil, raw organic vegetables, organic coconut flour, organic free-range eggs, and much more. You will find recipes for cookies, macarons, sundaes, pies, gingerbread, christmas pudding, dog nog etc. and of course pupcakes! 


Published: 20th March 2016

RRP: $44.95 from www.tanyaarnold.com


PUGALICIOUS
by Homer Pugalicious


Homer Pugalicious’ mission is to make you smile! In this totally awesome and full of cuteness book, you will get an insight into Homer Pugalicious’ life. 

Homer has a passion for all things luxurious and fun! From long lunches and days in the park, to relaxing at home with some pizza and television, Homer does it all.
He is a scaredy Pug turned super pug: a Pug that loves his food and naps, and being photographed in silly costumes.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, 15th March 2016

RRP: $14.99 at www.booktopia.com.au


Kids' Book Club

TREASURE FROM THE PAST
by H.Y.Hanna


Move over Scooby-Doo - there's a new dog detective in town! Kids and dog lovers of all ages will love this action-packed collection filled with suspense and humour.

Long-lost heirloom. Desperate egg hunt. Serious slobber. Join Honey the Great Dane and her canine friends in this exciting Easter mystery as they come across a strange, fairy-tale house and its mysterious occupants. Can they decipher the clues in time to find a priceless lost treasure from the Russian Revolution? 


Part of the famous "Big Honey Dog Mysteries" series, this book forms part of the Holiday Collection anthology - which also includes Halloween & Christmas special editions if you like to plan ahead!


Paperback, 212 pages
Publisher: Wishart Press, 25 October 2014
Ages: 8-12 years old

RRP: $16.49 from www.booktopia.com.au


SPOT'S FIRST EASTER
by Eric Hill


Spot's First Easter is a seasonal lift-the-flap board book perfect for babies and toddlers who are just learning to count featuring Eric Hill's classic childhood character Spot.

The Easter Bunny has hidden some eggs for Spot to find. Spot's friend Helen joins in and the search becomes a counting game. The Spot picture books have sold over 50 million copies worldwide since Spot first appeared in 1980.

Published, 5th March 2007
Ages: 0-3 years old


RRP: $14.99 from www.booktopia.com.au



LUCY: THE EASTER DOG
by Kate Cullen


Lucy, the adventure dog, will help you learn to read by using short simple sentences with repetition in a fun rhyming verse with colourful and funny pictures of Lucy. In this book, Lucy goes on an Easter egg hunt. 

This cute book is fun for anytime whether it's Easter or not.

The simple sentence structure will encourage young children to attempt words and short sentences.
Sight words are included at the end of the book to practice the words you have learnt.

Kindle Edition, 38 pages
Published March 30th 2015


RRP: $1.28 on Kindle at www.amazon.com.au


Happy reading and Happy Easter from our Australian Dog Lover pack!
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