It has been 10 days since we welcomed our puppy Archie into the home. Never having owned a dog before we are novices, and when people told us he would be just like a newborn baby they were not wrong. Archie is a load of fun but a lot of work: he jumps, nips, runs away from us and chews everything in sight. We have had a dog trainer out to help us, and it’s a work in progress for both him and us.
My Dog Dash is author Nicki Greenberg’s latest book. Dash is badly behaved when he attends puppy school: he chews things he shouldn’t and makes puddles on the floor. At home Dash wrecks the garden and steals food off the bench when no one is looking. This is all very standard puppy behaviour, but Dash is no ordinary pet, and his insatiable appetite and inquisitive behaviour sees him land himself in all sorts of trouble! My Dog Dash celebrates the ups and downs of pet ownership, in a hilarious picture book both kids and adults will relate to and love.
Author Nicki Greenberg is Melbourne based and has authored several children’s titles – her first picture books The Digits Series were published when she was just fifteen years old! I was given the chance to ask her a few questions:
1. Children are a tough audience – what inspired you to become a children’s author?
I’m very inspired by my own kids, and by the way young children see the world. I find myself living in that world with them quite a lot, and marvelling at the creative way they interpret things.
2. You have authored a number of children’s titles, which one has been your favourite?
That is a difficult question. I do have a very soft spot for two books in particular: My Dog Dash and Teddy Took the Train. They are quite different, but both books are about the power of imagination to transform a child’s experience. And I still laugh every time I look at the last pages of Dash!
3. We have just got our first puppy and he is very similar to Dash – is Dash based on your own pet?
Without giving too much away about Dash, I did have quite a few pets very similar to him when I was a kid! Dash does have things in common with our dog, Horace, as well. Horace did not manage to graduate puppy school, and he doesn’t fetch a ball – he runs away with it every time! Horace doesn’t appear in My Dog Dash, but he has a starring role as Ruff in Teddy Took the Train.
4. What books are you currently reading yourself, and apart from your own what are some books your children enjoy?
I just read David Eagleman’s fascinating new book, ‘The Brain: the Story of You’ (non-fiction), and this morning at 6am I finished Lisa Genova’s heartbreaking and illuminating novel, ‘Still Alice’. The bedside table is groaning under my ‘to read’ pile, so I will choose something from there tonight. My kids love books, too. Poppy (age 6) is a big fan of Geronimo Stilton, Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. Coco (age 4) has asked me to read the wonderful ‘Bear Make Den’ (by Jane Godwin, Michael Wagner and Andrew Joyner) more times than I can count. She also adores Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad books. We are all loving Charlotte Lance’s new book, ‘This Girl That Girl’, too – it’s hilarious.
Aimed at ages 3-6 years, this gorgeous hardcover book is RRP $24.99 and available to purchase online now here and at all good book stores.
With thanks to Allen & Unwin I have 5 copies of My Dog Dash to give away. Entry is on my Facebook page.
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