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The Dog that Saved the World (Cup)

Written by Phil Earle

Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Key Stage 2 Animal Stories Family / Home Stories Sporting Stories

LoveReading View on The Dog that Saved the World (Cup)

Warm, positive, uplifting story inspired by real-life and football

Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8

Two true stories inspire this warm, positive, uplifting story: the real-life adventure of Pickles, the dog who found the World Cup, and the amazing achievements of Fara Williams, the women’s football superstar who was winning on the pitch even while she was homeless. Like Fara, Elsie is football mad, as is her dog Pickles, who narrates for us. In the story, the world cup trophy is stolen, which means Elsie will miss her chance to play in a half-time match at Wembley. That opportunity has been sustaining her through difficult times as she and her dad (and Pickles), also like Fara Williams, have lost their home and are living in a noisy, dingy hostel. Fortunately, Pickles is as good a detective as his famous namesake… Publisher Barrington Stoke specialise in books for dyslexic or reluctant readers, and there’s lots of page-turning action packed into a short extent. The book is big on emotions too though, making clear just how devastating it is to lose your home, while showing how love, family and hope can get you through just about anything. It also reminds us that football – playing, watching, being a fan – is life-enhancing. A winner!

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+

Andrea Reece

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The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) Synopsis

The only thing that Pickles loves more than football is his best friend, and owner, Elsie. She's smart, kind, funny and AMAZING at football. But even though Dad works hard to provide for them, life off the pitch is tough. It's their team of three against the world and right now it feels like their side is losing.

With the announcement that the World Cup is coming home to England and that Elsie's team might have the chance to play in a halftime match at Wembley Stadium, it's the happiest they've ever been. But when disaster strikes their dreams are shattered and it looks like its up to Pickles to save the world (cup) ...

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781129685
Publication date: 15th March 2021
Author: Phil Earle
Illustrator: Elisa Paganelli
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Animal Stories, Family / Home Stories, Football, Sporting Stories

About Phil Earle

Phil Earle  was born and raised in Hull. His first job was as a care worker in a children’s home. Phil then chose the more sedate life of a bookseller, and now works in children’s publishing. He is the author of several award-winning novels including Being Billy which won the 2012 weRead Award and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. He lives in Yorkshire

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