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The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Written by Eoin Colfer

Illustrated by P. J. Lynch

Key Stage 2 Stories about Animals Pets School Stories

LoveReading View on The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Shortlisted for the Children's Book Awards 2019, Books for Younger Readers Category

Patrick is delighted to go to stay at his grandparents’ house, especially when he is told he can choose a rescue puppy. Oz, the puppy has had a terrible start but Patrick is determined to help, until his own life falls apart and he daren’t love his dog. Colfer explores his subject with an empathy which makes the characters and dilemmas very real. A great read.


The Dog Who Lost His Bark Synopsis

A warm, uplifting story for young readers about a boy and his dog and the power of music to heal; a first-time collaboration from two Irish Children's Laureates.

Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for a long as he can remember - and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a buddy more than ever.

In his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of BAD PEOPLE. Somewhere out there, he believes, is an AWESOME BOY - his BOY. Maybe when they find each other he will learn to BARK again...

The Dog Who Lost His Bark Press Reviews

A final line to note the quite remarkable illustrations of P J Lynch. Honoured with many prestigious awards, this book hold yet further examples of P J's ability to capture the nuance of complex emotions in both humans and their canine companion. - Armadillo

A memorable, gentle, moving book, this one is an instant classic that you will keep forever. I can't recommend it highly enough - Fallen Star Stories

[...] full of expression. - The Irish Independent

[a] heart-warming and enchanting story. - Irish Examiner

The Dog Who Lost His Bark is in a league above other familiar animal-themed series. - The Sunday Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406386622
Publication date: 1st August 2019
Author: Eoin Colfer
Illustrator: P. J. Lynch
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Animals, Pets, School Stories

About Eoin Colfer

Both Eoin Colfer’s parents were teachers and young Eoin was taught by his dad Billy at Wexford’s Christian Brothers primary. Eoin remembers his dad’s presence in school as “witty…[he] made school fun.” Colfer junior’s first attempt at serious writing came in the sixth grade. “I wrote a play for the class about Norse Gods. Everyone died in the end except me.” Eoin followed in his parents’ footsteps and trained to be a teacher but his writing didn't stop ...

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