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Black Dog

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It is a wonderful tale about confronting fears and how some things can appear to be more terrible than they really are.I loved the figurines scattered throughout the house, especially the numerous little owls and the two shisa dogs posted outside the front door.

I confess to a great deal of sentimentality here: my two beloved 100+ pound black dogs are no longer with me, but when they were still alive, they definitely frightened people.Levi's use of detail, lyrical storytelling and the stylised realism of his illustrations proved a winning combination. This poignant story by author-illustrator Levi Pinfold won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and provides the perfect springboard for discussing children’s fears and how to confront them. A stray dog comes to a house and each family member who sees it thinks it's bigger and bigger, until they are barricading themselves behind the furniture, trying to make sure the apparently T-Rex size dog doesn't know they're home. Told as a metaphor and using repetition and rhyme, it lends itself well to the study of literary language.

An enormous black dog and a very tiny little girl star in this offbeat tale about confronting one’s fears. Finally, back to the size of a normal hound, the Black Dog is welcomed into the Hope household as their newest addition. I don't think those discussion points should reduce the overwhelming wonder this book is, but everyone has their own opinions and that is ok.

Actually, I’d recommend this mostly to dog lovers, many of all ages who might find this book humorous, although I suppose it could make for a good read or gift for anyone about to embark on a new endeavor or change they might find scary and might need or want to face. I liked how there was usually the main illustration on the right-hand side of the page and then small frames around the text giving a bit more detail to the story. With its frosty cover and thick pages, it could be a cherished favorite in anyone's home, to be experienced time after time.

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