Friday, 23 May 2014

I Have a Dog (an inconvenient dog)

I Have a Dog (an inconvenient dog) written and illustrated by Charlotte Lance (Allen and Unwin Children)
PB RRP $19.99
ISBN 978-1-74331-781-5
Reviewed by Ann Harth ( )

Charlotte Lance has done it again. She has created a gentle, humorous story from a familiar slice of life. Young (and not-so-young) pet-lovers will be captivated by this book as they identify with the familiar trials of owning an exuberant dog.

I Have a Dog (an inconvenient dog) will touch the hearts of many as they follow a young boy through a day with his dog. They will laugh at the inconveniences of messy rooms, chewed toilet paper and ruined clothing and feel the warmth and convenience of unconditional cuddles during scary movies and bedtime.

Charlotte Lance’s simple, repetitive language tells the story while her detailed illustrations enrich the experience and invite the reader to inspect these lives more closely. The combination works together to capture the humour, exasperation and tenderness of the relationship between a boy and his pet.

Children from 3-6 years old will devour this book and, by the time they close the back cover, the meaning of the word ‘inconvenient’ will be imprinted on their minds. If they are pet owners, they will giggle at the familiarity of the fluffy white dog’s antics and if they don’t have a dog, they will want to.

Charlotte Lance is the creator of A Very Super Hero. She writes and illustrates her own books and illustrates for others. She also has a children’s t-shirt label, BOYGIRL, and exhibits her illustrations. For more information on Charlotte Lance and to see a selection of her work, please visit:

Ann Harth is a published children's author and writing tutor at Australian College of Journalism. She loves to read and is committed to creating children's literature that inspires, entertains and triggers a tiny twist in the mind. Her latest middle-grade novel, The Art of Magic, was released in 2012. 

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