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Dog Lovers Book Club - February 2018

The Dog Lovers Book Club selection for February 2018 is out with some of the latest releases for dog lovers of all ages.

by Claire Garrett - Petography

We can all agree on this: life is just better with a dog by your side! 

Proudly part of the “Tails of Australia” series, Tails of Perth features award-winning images by Perth Pet Photographer Claire Garrett

This project directly benefits pet rescue organisations with a percentage of the inclusion fee donated.

Whether you live in Perth or not, you will love browsing through this book featuring 75 of Perth’s most loved pups photographed in some of the oldest, coolest and most beautiful locations the sunset coast has to offer. 
A great Valentine's gift idea for any dog lover!

RRP: $49.00 from

by Libby Parker

One extraordinary dog, a family in peril and a country turned upside-down by war. Can Bertie reunite everyone before it's too late?

Stranded in a war-torn London, pampered Bertie is cold, alone and scared. Now that his owner has passed away he has to learn the ways of a stray dog on the streets. Luckily he has the help of his new friends in the community, both those on two legs and on four.

But Bertie doesn't expect the Blitz and the horror it brings, or how some Londoners might start to resent pets in such difficult times. He also doesn't expect to find love again in the arms of one special little boy.

When his second chance of happiness is threatened Bertie knows he needs to do whatever he can to protect it, no matter what dangers lie in his path. With bombs raining down on London streets, can this small dog with the big heart help the ones he loves before it's too late?

Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd, 5th October 2017

RRP: $19.99 from


Does your dog insist on sitting on your lap when you watch TV? Is it even possible to find a photo without your furry other half? Then, this keepsake journal is definitely for you!

This all-in-one compendium of all things dog is a beautiful record of treasured moments and photos for you to enjoy share and add to throughout your life together. 

It features your pet's personal profile, quick reference chart for medical records/vaccinations, vet contact, milestones plus space for photos, mementos and inspirational quotes. 
A great present idea for a new dog owner!

Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: Hinkler Books Pty Ltd, 3rd November 2017

RRP: $12.99 at

by Jamie M. Blair

Cameron Cripps-Hayman is taken aback when she stumbles upon another murdered neighbour, this time behind her sister's shop, Dog Diggity. The timing couldn't be worse, as there's only a week left before the store's grand opening during Canal Days, the biggest festival of the year.

When the police arrest her handyman, Cameron knows they have the wrong suspect, so she and the rest of the Metamora Action Agency set their sights on cracking the case. They've got one solved murder under their belts so how hard could a second be?

With a flood warning and a murderer on the loose, Cameron and her crew need to work their tails off to have any chance of saving the town's annual dog and pony show. 

Paperback, 227 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications U.S., 8th November 2017

RRP: $29.99 at


THE YEAR OF THE DOG Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
by Oliver Chin

2018 is the Year of the Dog! This is the first book in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series. 

Puppy Daniel befriends neighbour Lin and the other animals of the Zodiac - some in their imagination and some in real life... Can Daniel show his true colours? 
This revised edition features a new bilingual translation in simplified Chinese.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Publisher: Immedium US, 12th December 2017
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old

RRP: $31.95 at

by Katrina Nannestad 

For the first ten years of her life, Freja and her mother Clementine have roamed the Arctic in search of zoological wonders. Happy, content, together. Freja and Clem. Clem and Freja. But now, everything is changing, and Clementine must send Freja away to live with her old friend Tobias, a bestselling crime writer and, quite possibly, the most absent-minded man on earth. 

Tobias isn't used to life with a child, and Freja isn't used to people at all, but together they'll stumble into an Italian adventure so big that it will change things forever ... 
Award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad returns with a delicious new series about family, friendship and finding yourself. 

Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: ABC Books Australia, 23rd October 2017
For Ages: 8+ years old

RRP: $16.99 from

by Helen Mixter, illustrated by Margarita Sarda

The uncomplicated love and dedication of a dog can make anyone feel better—particularly a child who is small and vulnerable. 

Through beautiful, simple illustrations and words, The Dog shows how one animal helps a young boy who is ill. She is his comfort, his companion, and his friend; when he's unhappy, she places her paw on his hand to show him she's there.

This is a story for young children, and for anyone who has ever owned a pet. But most of all, it shows how important animal companionship is for children.

The warmth of animal friends helps make life worth living, especially when times are tough.

Hardcover, 24 pages
Publisher: Greystone Books, 1st February 2018
For Ages: 8+ years old

RRP: $28.99 from

by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

There once was a dog with a keen sense of smell. She was known far and wide as Detective Dog Nell.

Peter's dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. Whether it's finding a lost shoe or discovering who did a poo on the new gravel path, her ever-sniffing nose is always hard at work. But Nell has other talents too. Every Monday she goes to school with Peter and listens to children read. So who better to have on hand when they arrive one morning to discover that the school's books have all disappeared! Who could have taken them? And why? There's only one dog for the job . . . and Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the culprit!

Written by the brilliant Julia Donaldson and stunningly illustrated by the multi-talented illustrator and printmaker Sara Ogilvie, The Detective Dog is a fast-paced celebration of books, reading, libraries, and the relationship between a little boy and his rather special dog.

Now available in a cased board book format, perfect for introducing Detective Nell to younger children!

Board Book, 30 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, 30th January 2018
For Ages: 2 - 6 years old

RRP: $14.99 from

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