Simon & Schuster UK – The Twelve Dogs of Christmas Book Review

5th December 2017

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Written by: Alison Ritchie

Illustrated by: Marisa Morea

What a corker of a Christmas book! Little Pup is excited about his first Christmas.  Join him on a counting adventure as he discovers how the neighbourhood dogs are getting ready for the festivities.

Bright, detailed illustrations leap out from the page, offering lots to spot – even after several times of reading, I was still seeing things I hadn’t before.  The illustrations also provide a great opportunity for counting as the number of dogs increases with each turn of the page.  Not all of the dogs are helpful in their Christmas preparations which will definitely cause some giggles.  There is humour throughout with the scottie dogs snaffling treats from the deli, labradors eating the wreath and beagles howling along with the carol singers.  My favourite has to be the collie dogs who herd the presents under the tree!

Following the chaotic Christmas Eve play, calm descends and Father Christmas can be seen with his feet dangling from the chimney.  Little Pup isn’t left out as he receives a tasty festive treat.

This fabulous book had me smiling from start to finish.  The rhyming text makes the story flow effortlessly and will soon have children joining in.  The Twelve Dogs of Christmas is a great book for reading together in the build up to Christmas.  There’s everything – humour, fun and a lovely ending.  Enjoy!

This review was written by the fabulous Emma Davis. Get in touch if you have a book that you would like reviewed.

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