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Eva Ibbotson's final book is in essense a familiar story - a lonely boy desperate for a pet and a dog desperate to be loved, but this wonderful poignant story is also a critique of consumerism and a call for family values
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2021
Award winning Eva Ibbotson’s poignant and beautiful last book celebrates a boy’s passion for a dog. All Hal has ever wanted is a dog but his parents refuse to contemplate the idea. A dog would mess up their beautiful house and disturb their busy routine. When they discover East Pets, they hire Hal a dog for a weekend thinking that will do the trick. But they don’t know Hal! Hal takes matters into his own hands. Soon Hal and all the dogs he has released from Easy Pets are out on the road – with a price on their head. How Hal makes his escape is both thrilling and moving as it marks his growth from sadness to great happiness.
Julia Eccleshare's Picks for January 2021
Little Owl's Bathtime by Debi Gliori
A Shelter for Sadness by Anne Booth
I Want My Potty! by Tony Ross
Marie Curie and Her Daughters by Imogen Greenberg
I Don't Like Books. Never. Ever. The End. by Emma Perry
You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman
One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson
***Eva's son, Toby Ibbotson, is now continuing the tradition of storytelling with his debut novel Mountwood School for Ghosts which is based on an original idea by Eva Ibbotson.
All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. But a dog would damage the carpets in Hal's house, and so his parents refused to let him have one. Then they discover Easy Pets, a convenient dog-rental agency. Terrier Fleck arrives on Hal's birthday, but when he discovers that his dog must be returned, he runs away. An irresistible adventure from a truly great and much-loved children's author that every dog-loving child will adore.
“Readers of classic children’s fiction will be familiar with the bliss that steals over one when a new Eva Ibbotson novel is published.” Amanda Craig, The Times
|Publication date:||7th January 2021|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
|Topics:||Adventure Stories, Animals, Family / Home Stories|
Born in Vienna, Eva Ibbotson came to England as a small girl. She spent much of her adult life in Newcastle upon Tyne. When her husband was alive he bred snails in the garage; they also kept fish and had a small and very hairy dog. Eva had four grown-up children and seven grandchildren. She wrote for both adults and children. Which Witch was runner-up for the Carnegie Medal and The Secret of Platform 13 was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. Journey to the River Sea won the Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, was runner-up for the Whitbread Children's Book of ...More About Eva Ibbotson