I read Mr Dog and the Rabbit Habit a short time ago and immediately fell in love with this adventurous dog. He has an endearing love for helping animals, regardless of the trouble he may get into. His heart is always in the right place and somehow he always manages to get it right!
This newest title is a brilliant introduction for younger readers into the serious state of pollution in our oceans and waterways. We need to educate the next generations on how they can help and make better choices.
Ben Fogle is also giving these new chapter book readers a brilliant foray into meeting new animals and learning about their habitats, food needs and abilities. A book that is enjoyable and teaches new information is a fine balance to master.
I think because Ben Fogle is an animal lover, explorer and adventurer, these books and Mr Dog’s adventures come naturally to him. I want to imagine they started as stories he shared with his children and have grown into a lovable series of books.
The illustrations by Nikolas Ilic bring Mr Dog, Dizzy and Lulu to life and the dangers of plastics can also be appreciated by younger children. The image of the plastic ring being cut from the duck’s neck as a perfect example!
Mr Dog is lovable and adventurous and I hope to read many more of his adventures. Who might he meet next and where will his adventures take him? Find out in Book 3!
Mr Dog and The Rabbit Habit, Ben Fogle
I have mixed feelings about celebrity authors, but this book fell on the good side of my opinion!
Ben Fogle is one of our favourite celebrities due to the work he does with animals, and his interest in the natural world.
I love the title of this book and the cover illustrations are bold, bright and attract the reader straight away. Steve Cole has truly brought Mr Dog to life and he is very handsome! I would be recommending this book to 6 + readers.
Mr Dog is a fantastic character, he takes things so literally and does things without a lot of thought. His instincts are as true as his heart and I bet he will soon become a favourite pooch in many houses. Mr Dog is an elegant name for a brave dog and as he solves mysteries and rescues animals, he truly lives up to his name. His fancy neckerchief certainly adds to his elegance.
I love that he can speak rabbit and cat, and from the preview of a second in the series, I wonder what other “languages” he can speak! I look forward to having another adventure with Mr Dog.
I think this will become a hugely popular new series of books for younger readers. The plot is easy to follow and the vocabulary is rich and will enhance their language skills as they read.
Well done Ben Fogle. Not all celebrities can make the crossover to writing but this is a brilliant book and one I thoroughly enjoyed.