The Ghost Dog
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This month BfK features Jane Ray’s cover for The Twelve Dancing Princesses. We’re particularly delighted to have the opportunity to use this illustration as it enables us to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Orchard Books - they’re 10 this year! And also to thank them for their help in producing our July cover.
Daniel thought it was only mad scientists who could create blood thirsty monsters, not 10-year-old boys. It started as a joke between him and his friends, Harry and Laura, to scare Aaron. Big, tough Aaron wouldn't be afraid of the ghost dog, would he? After all, it's only a story and they can't come true. But soon the four friends realise stories can indeed come true - and be frighteningly real. This is an incredibly enjoyable book, quite scary for younger readers in places, from a very accomplished writer. The children are drawn convincingly and the author gets into his main character very well. There are shades of modern concerns such as separated parents, but on the whole it remains an exciting and touching story about friendship and the power of imagination, especially that of a child.