One of our Books of the Year 2014 A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes out of the clouds and settles itself in Dublin everyone’s family is affected in one way or another. For Gloria and her brother Raymond it brings their Uncle Ben to stay when his business goes bust. What can the children - and all the other children in Dublin – do to chase the black dog away? After a wonderful night-time adventure through Dublin the children enlist the help of the animals in the zoo to chase is black dog away forever.
When Uncle Ben's Dublin business fails, it's clear to Gloria and Raymond that something is wrong. He just isn't his usual cheerful self. So when the children overhear their granny saying that the Black Dog has settled on Ben's back and he won't be OK until it's gone, they decide they're going to get rid of it. Gathering all their courage the children set out on a midnight quest to hunt down the Black Dog and chase it away. But they aren't the only kids on the mission. Loads of other children are searching for it too, because the Black Dog is hounding lots of Dublin's adults. Together - and with the help of magical animals, birds and rodents - the children manage to corner the Black Dog ...but will they have the courage and cleverness to destroy the frightening creature?
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
The children of Dublin battle a terrible malaise through the use of a special word, and a good dose of magic realism. The Bookseller
This novel is simply brilliant, without wanting to say that I had to say it. Roddy Doyle's trademark dialogue with some really great, entertaining characters for children works wonderfully... I expect nothing less from one of Ireland's finest and am so pleased his children's fiction is as wonderful as his adult's. plasticrosaries.com
A sensitive and excellently written portrayal of depression and the effects on not just the individual but those around them. Would be great paired with Levi Pinfold's Black Dog and used as a discussion point. In a word? Brilliant! Of course. NetGalley
Quite simply, the greatest children's book I have ever read. -- Dubray Books
A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. -- Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING4KIDS.CO.UK
An uplifting book with lots of fine Doyle wit -- DAILY TELEGRAPH
A lovely, hopeful story. Took me a while to decide on the target audience and then realised: everyone. Caroline Fielding, Librarian and 2014 Chair of the CILIP YLG London
This book lives up to its title... told with Doyle's characteristic humour. Tracey McHardy, NetGalley User & Waterstones Bookseller
|Publication date:||29th January 2015|
|Publisher:||Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
|Topics:||Fantasy / Magical|
Roddy Doyle was our Guest Editor in October 2011. Click here to see his book selection. Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. His first novel, The Commitments, was published to great acclaim in 1987 and was made into a globally successful film by Alan Parker. The Snapper was published in 1990 and has also been made into a film, directed by Stephen Frears. The Van was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize and made into a film also by Stephen Frears. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, which won the Booker Prize in 1993, has been published in over twenty languages.In 1994 he wrote the ...More About Roddy Doyle